A pidgin, or pidgin language, is defined as ‘a grammatically simplified means of communication, usually found in remote areas’.
Luckily, you only need travel as far as Dalston for this Pidgin; the Platonic ideal of the modern British restaurant. The brainchild of both a pop up supper club chef and a food writer, it’s a small space with white walls, and simple furniture, reserving its bedazzlement for the menu – which in a bold declaration of self-confidence, comes as a non-negotiable four-course set menu that – along with the cocktail list – changes each week. What can you expect? Well, first there’s,
The cooking style is loosely described as ‘Modern British’, but you’ll find inventive, challenging dishes like razor clams with black garlic, wet garlic, cornflakes, and green almonds; duck with sweet potato, watermelon, and tonka; celeriac with leek ‘hay’ and brown butter; and shiso panna cotta with meringue. There’s always a vegetarian version on offer, too, and they’re pretty adept at dealing with dietary requirements. This can all be wine-paired to each course, or you can spring for –
Rotating regularly, they’re always inventive, and include the likes of G&T with house-made tonic water; a barrel-aged negroni; or originals like the Castor Troy In a Kilt (Scotch, creme de pêche, grapefruit bitters, lemon). Try a couple, and trust us…
NOTE: Pidgin is open for dinner Tues-Sun, plus lunch on weekends. You can check out the current menu, or book a table, at their website right HERE.
Pidgin | 52 Wilton Way, E8 1BS
Image: © Milly Kenny-Ryder
While you’re in Dalston… you could check out the most striking bar in town, Untitled.