Magpies, they don’t have the best of reputations; they’re going to bring you bad luck, they’re going to eat other birds and they’re going to steal your jewellery (except they won’t do this because, apparently, there is no evidence that they like shiny objects – who knew?). Oh, and they’re liars because we saw six and as we all know it’s ‘six for gold’ but have we seen any gold? No. You know what though, there is a new Magpie landing in London and we think it’s going to have a rather good reputation.
Brought to you by James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, the duo behind Michelin-starred Pidgin, Magpie will be opening in June on Heddon Street and will be a modern, British interpretation of traditional dim sum restaurants.
Served straight from a trolley, dishes will include the likes of mackerel crudo with blueberry kosho and fennel pollen and Hoi An-style terrine with nukazuke pickles. From the kitchen will come hot dishes including udon noodles with paitan broth, calabrese sausage and cavolo nero. Fans of Pidgin will find some of its favourite dishes on the small a la carte menu including Galician dairy cow with lobster, pommes, sarladaises and charred lettuce. For pudding, there’ll be strawberry panzanella with olive oil ice cream, a prickly pear with roasted miso custard and hibiscus and a secret off menu dish…intriguing.
Cocktails will be pre-mixed and will be ready on a drinks trolley to greet you. Developed by General Manager Ajax Kentish, you’ll find Smoke off the Mountain – a rum-based Manhattan style drink washed with peated whisky that combines Ron Zacapa 23 and Lagavulin 16; there’ll also be I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead, made from rye, oloroso and cherry liqueur. Alongside the trolley there’ll be a full bar with an eclectic wine list championing smaller, independent vineyards. It’ll have the biggest selection of wines available on tap in London with the focus being on lesser-known regions and grapes.
With high ceilings, leather stools and a poured concrete bar, the design is influenced by both Asia and California. It’ll combine canvas-hung walls with burnt wood tiling and a huge landscape imprinted on the back wall. If you’ve visited Pidgin then you’ll be familiar with their storm bathrooms – think dramatic murals and tempest soundtracks, these will be heading west too and appearing at Magpie.
Magpie: Opens June 2017, 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX, www.magpie-london.com
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Written by: Emily Gray