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The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Spanish, hearty and gloriously pig-centric, nose-to-tail, occasionally adventurous comfort fare. The must-orders (if any): Carabinero Arroz, Gin Panna Cotta Summary: The chef previously headed the kitchen at UNA at One Rochester. Dehesa is proud of its nose-to-tail concept (choice extract from their website: “robustly flavoured alternative…

Pettite France (French whisky, cream, honey, almond, spiced sable, almond crispy crepes, apricot, mascarpone) from Mad About Sucre’s newly-launched Autumn/Winter cake collection. The nutty and indulgently rich dome was a Tang Wei and Tony Leung-esque filthy romp between roasty, thick and creamy almond nougat and milky, unflinchingly drunken homemade French…

Jiu Zhuang Xiaolongbao infused with Single Malt Whisky (?!?) from Jiu Zhuang, a Chinese dim sum bar tucked deep in Dempsey forestry. Essentially soup dumplings gone all Eyes Wide Shut-esque libertine debauchery, with the whisky striking with an arresting fumes-y, throat-drying vengeance. 4/5 Jiu Zhuang Block 6C & 6D Dempsey…

TNT from Non Entrée Dessert Cafe. There is enough kinetic energy from all the fizziness from the raspberry poprocks and yuzu form to power a small fart, whilst elsewhere the pistachio sponge smells all masculinely nutty, the lychee sorbet and marinated strawberry basil lend a playful sweetness to the proceedings,…

Christmas Cake from Mad About Sucre – aged brandy, apricot, cranberries, currant, citrus peels, vanilla light rum sauce, and rum chantilly cream. Essentially the gustatory equivalent of seeing your familiar friend of many years in (ahem) naughty and slightly inappropriate Santa attire for the first time. The alcoholic fumes diffuse…