Pidgin

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Modern European
Pidgin is a modern British restaurant in Hackney, serving a weekly changing set four-course menu.

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P
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, attentive well trained staff. Good value for money. I’ll be back!

TR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant from start to finish the brioche with brie was lush and did leave feeling bloated. Totally balanced. x

JR
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very very small. I was bumped into A LOT. But the staff were kind and repeatedly apologised. The food is stand-out. Every dish was inventive, balanced and beautifully presented. And very very delicious. Would say that portions could be ever so slightly bigger - I've been to lots of places with progressive tasting menus (Tredwell's, Lyles, Angelina etc) and these were definitely the smallest plates I've encountered. Cocktails were very tasty as well. The Bathroom deserves it's own special shout out - they've created this sort of thunderstorm ambient oasis out of a room the size of a broom closet. Shows what you can do with a bit of creativity! I'll be back!

T
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In two visits, I cannot fault Pidgin. Food, drink, ambience and service all excellent.

BV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, nice and cosy setting. It’s hard to recommend to a friend, as the menu changes each week. However, the quality of the food was outstanding, The creativity of the chefs and the format of the restaurant are definitely worth paying a visit.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great variet in the dishes. The red wine was the best I have had in ages, although cannot recall the name

i
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a lovely small but cosy setting. Great service with excellent knowledge of the food and wine.

n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth time at Pidgin - our favourite restaurant in London. We are blown away every time. Already looking forward to our next visit, would recommend to everyone.

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the set menu with matching wine. It was a treat to ourselves for our difficult year. It’s my partner’s favourite restaurants Worth every penny.

n
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Disappointing experience. We had read so many excellent reviews from Pidgin that we went full of excitement and hope. Unfortunately the food did not live to our expectations. Even though it was a 9 step menu we left the restaurant quite hungry. From all those 9 dishes there were only 2 we were happy about and even on those there were elements that were not great. As the menu changes every week it's quite difficult to leave a review that could be useful for future customers. The prawn/yuzu/courgette was good, specially the prawn bisque but the way food was cut and presented in a bowl it was very difficult to eat with a spoon as every bit got stuck to the plate. The pork cheek was very tasty but the crackling was a bit chewy. The brownie was overcooked and it was more like a cake as even the center was sponge like...

MD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Quite expensive for generally good, tasty but a little underwhelming food. Especially when compared to what you can get in London for the same money or less. The best course was the bread with brown butter.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of eating in. Staff were brilliant, food was mind-bendingly good. I loved it and can’t wait to go back. Definitely recommend the wine pairing, it really added to the meal.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous, inventive meal and fantastic, knowledgeable service as always.

f
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an eclectic gastronic feast. Brave with some of their menu....so awesome for a foodie. Wine was rather delicious too!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Didn’t feel that the vegetarian options were that tasty. Didn’t feel it was good value.

SW
London
23 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, would recommend

CR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Pidgin quite a few times and this meal was the best ever...superb. Visual inventive delicious food.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good, but couldn't hear the waiter description of the plates due noise levels

PH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Truly great food whose inventiveness is surprising but sadly quite a noisy venue.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so refreshing to eat in a restaurant where the emphasis is on culinary excellence , imaginative menu design, and a simple but so welcoming ambience

a
London
19 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We come here every so often when we have something to celebrate and we are always very happy with our dinner. However this was my least favourite. My expectations were high (as always) but this time it fell a bit short.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food and staff were lovely. As some other reviews mention, the portions are small but there are 8 courses and food is rich with flavors so we left feeling full and extremely satisfied. We had a wonderful time!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, a quiet bit expensive. Healthy as quantities are low. Wine not bad but expensive for the quality.

TC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful experience - the menu, the staff, the ambience.

a
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I fab restaurant that I would go back to again and again, innovative food without too much pretence

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A casual setting, welcoming and far from intimidating unlike other fine dining/taster menu restaurants.

For me the wine taster is a must. Spectacular value, just note that the italic dishes on the menu are “snacks”.

The execution of each dish is sublime, the deserts weren’t my preference on this occasion but was able to appreciate the flavour combinations. The portions are small but the flavours are rich and intense. The staff are knowledgable and attentive, explaining each dish as it arrives.

For £100 each we had 4 courses 4 “snacks” and 5 glasses of wine. A great evening, could come every week and a new experience be served.

Wonderful concept

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal here. Staff were friendly and attentive, the restaurant is stylish in an understated way, but the real star of the day was the food. Inventive without being challenging, all the dishes we had were ridiculously tasty and thoroughly enjoyable. The pace of the meal is very relaxed, which worked great as we had the paired wines and meant we never felt hurried and could enjoy the experience.

t
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well looked after, very pleasant staff, good service, very tasty and inventive food, would happily go back!
nice wine list too...

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time visiting Pidgin and yet again the unique menu did not dissappint!

AW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to come here for ages and finally we had a perfect meal at pidgin recently, the food was fantastic, and had such exciting mixture of ingredients. The waiting staff were knowledgable and friendly, the wine was fantastic (even though the girlfriend and I said we weren’t going to drink...whoops!) The ambience and atmosphere were spot on to, all in all a fantastic place to dine. What with the ever changing menu, I am sure we will be back! Thank you Pidgin for a lovely evening!

F
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I love Pidgin. The food is outstanding, every time. This time the service was *extra* surly. I know what to expect from Hackney, but not a single smile? :-/

j
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food at Pidgin was incredible! Would highly recommend. It's a great size with a wonderful atmosphere and the bathroom feels like your in a storm! Unfortunately the service was a little underwhelming, either she was taking it incredibly seriously or perhaps had had some bad news that day. We tried our best to create rapport but it fell rather flat.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really interesting menu with faultless service. Well done

JR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant, great experience, delicious and creative food, highly recommended.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fifth time at pidgin. It continues to be a delight every time.

W
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Have eaten at Pidgin before but not for a couple of years. Still excellent the food is innovative and the service excellent. We had one diner in our party gluten intolerant and I mentioned this in my booking confirmation and she had several adjustments to the menu all planned into her meal to take account of this. No discussions on the night to disrupt what was my wife birthday party. We had a great evening.

MB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only one word describes this place......wow!! Amazingly tasty food, perfectly matched wine and a relaxed atmosphere.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It is the second time I am going to Pidgin. First time, I was extremely impressed by the quality and creativity of the menu. In fact, that is why I went back a couple of months later. Unfortunately the second experience was way less impressive. Food and menu was by no means bad, but nothing compared to the first visit. It is therefore difficult for me to say what the standard is. My take away is that quality varies, which makes it a good but not outstanding restaurant. One thing that did shock all of us at the table last time I went, was the very abrupt way they asked us to leave at the end of the dinner. It was a Saturday evening and it was indeed busy, but they basically brought our coats together with the bill and told us to leave asap. It really felt like they were kicking us out without any reason for it, we had been there for 2.5 hours and were about to leave anyway. It ended the whole experience on a negative note and left a bad taste in my mouth

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just brilliant, always a fantastic experience. Lucky us for having such a restaurant so close.