They've had big success with Pidgin ever since it opened, with some great reviews too, so much so that James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy - together with Pidgin's Head Chef Elizabeth Allen - are already looking to open a second restaurant called Magpie.
The actual location is still under wraps, but we know this restaurant will be in "central London". As for the restaurant itself, it's a big shift from Pidgin's set menu - this time they'll be serving everything from trollies. So they'll have around 30 dishes on the menu, each from £3 to £12 and you'll be able to pick what you want as they're wheeled around the room - having as much or as little as you want and in whatever order you want too.
It's all being influenced by traditional dim sum restaurants (and a little by Yo Sushi too). As for the food by Elizabeth Allen, we can expect British small plates and more including:
- Warm pizza dough with brown butter butter
- Chicken heart popcorn with hot sauce
- Koji-grilled corn
- Mussels with miso and beef dripping toast
- Duck rillettes with sourdough and nukazuke pickles.
Even the wine and cocktails will get the trolley treatment. Pre-mixed cocktails doing the rounds (including Pidgin’s barrel-aged negroni) and the wine list by Pidgin’s Margot Tyson will be an extended version of Pidgin's with around 10 white and 10 red wines all available by the glass, carafe, bottle.
Magpie will open in central London in the first half of 2016.
Photo by Liz Seabrook.