Pidgin, Hackney

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

Pidgin in Hackney (just down the road from Violet Bakery) is exactly my kind of restaurant. I’m about as unfussy an eater as you can get (essentially, I’ll eat anything), so the fact that only 1 set menu of 4 courses is offered doesn’t faze me at all. In fact, I love it! The lack of choice takes away any dilemma in deciding what to order, and I find it a lot of fun to take a step out of my comfort zone and try dishes I may not normally order (although, if you do have any dietary requirements, I believe the restaurant is very accommodating and offers great alternatives, as long as you let them know in advance). Both the food and drink menus at Pidgin are highly seasonal and change weekly. It’s a good job I don’t live in Hackney, as otherwise I’d be wanting to go every week!

I’d first spied Pidgin when I went to interview Cressida Bell at her studio (and of course had to stop off at Violet for some tea and cake after). I thought it looked just my kind of place, so was delighted when Mum and I were in Hackney again the other week and were able to stop by Pidgin for lunch. The restaurant is tiny, but charming, situated on my favourite of Hackney roads – Wilton Way.

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else. At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else. At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

The little bar is the perfect place to pop by for a great cocktail if you’re in a celebratory mood one evening, and on a sunny (warm) day, it would be very tempting to grab one of the little tables outside and watch the world go by. As it was freezing cold, we settled for a table inside, right next to the window and excitedly perused the menu.

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

All my favourite restaurants always seem to have their menus printed elegantly on little sheets clipped to a board – not that I’m complaining! It makes it easy to photograph them and thus easy to remember what I’ve eaten!

We started things off with some drinks. Mum went for the PT no G mocktail, which she said was very refreshing, and I plumped for the Nanu Nanu which was delicious.

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.^^ exceptionally good cocktail in hand, relaxed weekend happy face ^^

ย As I said, the menu at Pidgin is very straight forward, so we were left to simply sit back, relax, chat and wait for each course to appear. To start, an oyster with burnt cucumber tzatziki, roe and cucumber ash:

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

The flavours were phenomenal and the oyster was the perfect accompaniment as I finished off my cocktail.

Next up, a homemade pasta dish with lamb. The waiter brought a glass of something ‘smooth and light’ for me and ‘more robust’ for Mum. Both reds were fantastic and suited our tastes exactly.

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

There’s nothing quite like fresh, homemade pasta. I polished off every bite of this dish, but that didn’t stop me from looking forward to the next course: quail with smoked pearl barley, mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke, kale and shaved truffle – exquisite!

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else. At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

I was getting pretty full by this point, but of course managed to squeeze in dessert! This was the most unusual – but one of the best – desserts I’ve ever had. Sage gelato, with burnt bread and white chocolate sounds a bit of an unlikely combination, but it was incredible. Accompanied with a glass of bubbly sweet wine that tasted of strawberries & cream, I was in a sweet tooth’s heaven!

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else. At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

Amazingly, we had a little more sweetness still in store: homemade coconut marshmallows served alongside complimentary limoncello shots.

At Pidgin, Hackney: the destination for an incredible 4 course, great value, meal. The flavour combinations are something else.

This place is definitely one of my very top favourite restaurant discoveries of 2015. I think what makes the restaurant truly special is the daring flavour combinations that work together so seamlessly. The menu is excellent value too at ยฃ35 for the 4 courses, and I can’t wait to go back again soon to try the latest on offer! Pidgin only opened in July, and I hope it goes from strength to strength – it certainly deserves a lot of success.

Pidgin
52 Wilton Way, E8 1BG
info@pidginlondon.com
020 7254 8311

Have you been to Pidgin? What were your favourite restaurants of 2015?

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  • Claire

    Mmm, both the food and wine sound delicious! I have still to make it to Violet!

  • It looks like a great venue, plus I love your hairstyle!

  • It really does sound like great value for money! X

  • Those truffle shavings!! YUM. I want want want that jumper!

  • Favourite of 2015? Probably The Artichoke in Amersham. I have eaten here three times in the last couple of years and it has always been excellent (as it should be, currently 7/10 in the GFG I think). I am off there with a dear friend this Thursday for lunch and will report back. PS it is accessible by tube train from C. London … P xxx

    • Pleased to report that The Artichoke is still on song! very strongly recommended, but not cheap (certainly not if you drink a fine red burgundy with your meal!). Just so good and the right sort of attentive but not overbearing service. Fun to watch the cooking in action too, though perhaps it distracted my date just a little too much on occasion ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Sounds like an amazing place! I’ll have to try it out some time ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  • Firstly, what an utterly joyous Christmas jumper! It really suits you, especially with those lovely gold earrings (two of the Five Gold Rings, perhaps?) The food looks great at Pidgin – so gorgeously presented and I like the use of local ingredients. I’d definitely order the lamb pasta and/or the quail. Putting this place on my list right now ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

    • Haha, thanks so much Tamsin! The food is honestly amazing, and it’s just a charming place in general (in a pleasantly low-key way). I think you’d love it! xxx