James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, co-founders of Michelin-starred Pidgin, have opened the doors to their second restaurant, Magpie, on the foodie haven of Heddon Street.
A modern interpretation of the popular dim sum restaurants, Magpie diners will have the fun of choosing their plates and even ready-made cocktails from trolleys wheeled around the restaurant.
In an interview with London Evening Standard earlier this year, Ramsden and Herlihy nodded to the quirky new concept, describing Magpie as “kind of wacky” with “odd but unquestionably lush dishes”.
The menu 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 dishes 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 favourites including cod, fried enoki, fermented Jerusalem artichoke and cep oil, will also feature as part of their modern British menu.
Desserts are just as innovative, with creations including strawberry panzanella and olive oil ice cream; chocolate, sorrel gelato and chartreuse cheesecake to name a few.
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.
Following the success of Pidgin, critics have already scoped this out as the restaurant scene’s must-visit spot. With original dishes from £5 - £30, heavenly cocktails and a gorgeous canopied alfresco terrace, it’s no surprise.
Don’t miss out on your chance to visit Magpie, at 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX. We’ll see you in the queue.
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