Magpie
The Facts
NAME: Magpie
IT'S: A fun new modern British restaurant where food is served from trolleys

25-07-2017

OPENED: July 25th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy
DID YOU KNOW: The name Magpie comes from the idea of cherry-picking dishes from the trolleys
ADDRESS: 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-12am
WEBSITE: Visit Site
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Magpie

OPENED July 25th, 2017

Magpie is the second restaurant from the co-founders of Pidgin, open today on Heddon Street in Mayfair.

The modern British restaurant serves sharing plates from trolleys and trays, in the same way as dim sum.

The Spot:

This is a swanky part of town, on Heddon Street, which is tucked away behind Regent Street. You’ll know you’re in the right place because there will be lots of trolleys working their way around the room. Yes, they really are serving much of their menu this way.

The interior is all about bringing the outside in, borrowing from Asian and Californian styles, and you’ll find a huge landscape mural covering the back wall. Also make sure you go to the loo because they’ve replicated the stormy bathrooms at Pidgin. No idea what we’re talking about? We won’t spoil the surprise.

Magpie

The Food:

Cold sharing plates are served from a trolley and may include mackerel crudo with blueberry kosho (a spicy condiment) and fennel pollen, and Hoi An-style terrine with nukazuke pickles. These dishes will change regularly but the style will remain Asian-British fusion.

Hot plates, wisely, come straight from the kitchen on trays and may include Udon noodles with paitan broth (paitan is a type of ramen broth which translates as ‘white soup’) and grilled celeriac with gjetost (a sweet, fudge-like Norwegian cheese) and watermelon barbecue sauce. These are some pretty interesting plates, and we suspect front of house will need an extra five minutes at each table to explain some of the ingredients in each dish.

We’re thrilled to tell you that yes, desserts do come on a trolley, and they’re just as inventive strawberry panzanella and olive oil ice cream; chocolate, sorrel gelato and chartreuse cheesecake and a not-so-secret-now-we’ve-told-you off menu ice cream.

Drink Magpie

The Drinks:

On arrival at Magpie you’ll be greeted by one of the most important trolleys of all – the drinks trolley. It comes laden with loads of pre-mixed cocktails but don’t fear, they’re a lot classier than anything you drank as a teenager (or those gins in tins you guzzle on the train). General Manager Ajax Kentish has developed them, and there’s one called ‘I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead’, made with rye, oloroso, and cherry liqueur.

A heads up for those who enjoy Negronis, too, as you won’t want to miss the cheeky variation here, made with Szechuan pepper oil.

There’s also a wine list which focuses on small producers and the largest selection of wines on tap in London.

Dessert Magpie

The Damage:

Trolley and tray dishes are priced at £5- £9 and main dishes are between £17 and £30.

In a Nutshell:

This is something completely new for the London restaurant scene, and we really hope it works out. If these guys can successfully update the trolley idea then all power to them. We think it’s a really fun concept.

If you’re looking for more of the best places to eat and drink in London, check our interactive map of new openings.

The Facts
NAME: Magpie
IT'S: A fun new modern British restaurant where food is served from trolleys

25-07-2017

OPENED: July 25th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy
DID YOU KNOW: The name Magpie comes from the idea of cherry-picking dishes from the trolleys
ADDRESS: 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-12am
WEBSITE: Visit Site
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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