James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, co-founders of Michelin-starred Pidgin in Hackney have announced the opening of their second restaurant, Magpie, on Heddon Street.

Set to open its doors in June, Magpie will join the foodie haven of Heddon Street, including restaurants such as Heddon Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and the recently opened Sakagura, just off Regent Street

A modern interpretation of the popular dim sum restaurants, Magpie diners can look forward to the fun of choosing their plates and even ready-made cocktails from trolleys wheeled around the restaurant.

In an interview with London Evening Standard at neighbouring Hotel Café Royal, Ramsden and Herlihy nod to the quirky new concept, describing their new restaurant as “kind of wacky” with “odd but unquestionably lush dishes”.

Dishes will range from small cold plates of mackerel crudo and Hoi An-style terrine with nukazuke pickles, fermented in rice bran, to warming, moreish hot plates of udon noodles with paitan broth, calabrese sausage and cavolo nero.

Fans of the restaurant duo’s ever-changing menu at Pidgin will also be delighted to discover some favourites including cod, fried enoki, fermented Jerusalem artichoke and cep oil. Samuel Fishwick [Evening Standard] also claims there’s also a secret off menu dish too, to whet diners’ appetites.

Alongside such culinary delights, will be a concise wine list with a focus on independent vineyards; wines will be available on tap as well as by the bottle. Ajax Kentish has also created a quirky menu of cocktails including I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead a blend of rye, oloroso and cherry liqueur for those with who want to indulge straight from the trolley.

Look out for more information on Magpie, coming soon to 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX.


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