Saturday 5 December 2015

Pidgin – Hackney, London

Each year in December I typically write up pieces called “lost posts” covering those places, which, for one reason or another, I didn’t get around to writing about at the time.

One of this year’s would be Pidgin – my wife and I visited the Hackney restaurant for dinner on the 25th August. Since my visit, they have received a largely glowing review from the Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin (see here).

Of course, MOL covers the nitty gritty of the restaurant in much better and engaging detail than I ever could so I’d just like to use this post to echo her sentiments and share details of more of chef Elizabeth Allen’s dishes.

A talented, creative, young chef with a strong pedigree, Allen devises a weekly changing set menu (for a bargainous £35, including bread and a digestif). One that, if I lived nearby, I’d be returning to frequently to sample.

Grilled corn, koji, red pepper powder

Mackerel, lemon, shiso granita, roasted kale oil

Lamb neck, ‘nduja, chickpeas, spring onion, grilled cucumber sauce

Roast cocoa gelato, malt rye crumb, Horlicks caramel

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