NOTE: Unfortunately Magpie has now closed.
Superstition claims you need two magpies for joy.
But this Magpie manages it in one – because it’s the next venture from the duo behind formerly Michelin-starred Hackney bistro, Pidgin – and this time they’re offering a British take on dim sum washed down with a slick of unusual cocktails. It’s all set up in a more central location just off Regent Street, which they’ve filled with a smooth, poured concrete bar, burnt wood tiling and a vast landscape mural across the back wall.
The food takes its inspiration from across the entirety of Asia, partnered with unexpected ingredients like fennel pollen, Norwegian cheese and miso custard. Based on both a trolley service and larger dishes à la carte, you’ll find plates wheeling straight past your table like an old-fashioned Yo Sushi conveyor belt, which you can flag down whenever you fancy…
…styled as drinking snacks, including Viet-style rillettes and pickles, and crispy polenta with brandade and kimchi;
…coming to you straight from the kitchen, like clams with saucisson and chilli crisp; and fried chicken ‘coq au vin’;
…circulating on another trolley, and including numbers like the “I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead” with rye, oloroso and a cherry liqueur, and the “Youth Lagoon”, combining vodka with aloe vera, curacao and lemon sherbet. Of course, if you head up to the bar, there’s also a range of (primarily Californian) small-grower wines on tap, plus even more cocktails like “The State Bird”, with gin, egg white, blanched pea shoots and dehydrated raspberries.
Which you certainly won’t be.
NOTE: Magpie has now closed. You can visit their website HERE.
Magpie | 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX
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