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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H
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Despite high expectations, food was not that exceptional. It took a while for some dishes to come out. They also didn’t offer us to pick our seating whilst they did for other customers who walked in after us.

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re so pleased we discovered this delicious little restaurant, tucked away in a side street of Hackney. The tasting menu was exquisite with so much variation. Each course was exciting and different to the last. The waiters really described everything so well and considering the menu and pairing wines change every week they did an incredible job.
Only criticism was they only had a table at 9.30 so as we were the last in there they didn’t offer coffee or the cheese course. Maybe they shouldn’t take late bookings if they can’t finish serving the meal.
Also we wanted to contact the restaurant before we came and they do not pick up their phones which apparently should be manned between 4-6pm.
Apart from this we would definitely go back again and again. Such great food and atmosphere. Well done Pidgin.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Still a really great little restaurant despite losing its star. Nice laid back atmosphere. Service was attentive without going overboard. Good food and great value.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but lighting was really dim for taking pictures and quite cramp

JR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Will have to go back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasent dining experience altogether

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit, and another excellent, inventive menu. A friendly, relaxed venue with great service.

m
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great concept. And half the time it delivers inventive cooking successfully. The Celeriac dish early in the lineup was best. Two Chicken dishes were very good. Desserts were excellent except for the beef-fat cube. Looking forward to trying a new menu there in my next visit.

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday spot fantastic experience once again

MA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't usually take the time to write a review, but we had such a great experience that Pidgin deserves nothing but kudos - for everything. We found them when looking for a place to dine before an early concert nearby. The timing was tight, but the staff served us their full tasting menu, efficiently but not hurriedly paced, and got us out the door in time! Dishes were beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. Simply our best meal of our month in the UK! What a gem!

FM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wines were very good and came out feeling extremely satisfied. They catered to last minute additions to allergies and food preferences very well.

FR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful and extremely imaginative flavour combinations with a small but excellent wine list. Some dishes did not really come off either because they tried a bit too hard or were too clever for their own good - beef dripping fudge anyone? - but overall a really good meal. Service was good but unremarkable.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great interesting food however service made you felt you were being rushed through your meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was superb. Will be going back.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

A great deal of attention and care given to the food over several courses but I'm afraid I was underwhelmed with the flavours. (the highlight was the butter served with the bread which were both delicious) Maybe its just my palette but nothing else really got my taste buds going.
The service was efficient but not very friendly and I have to say the bathroom broken seat wasn't what I would expect from a restaurant with these prices. Sorry for the bad review I really do appreciate the care gone into the prep of the food but I want to be honest.

MP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really special dining experience. It was so enjoyable from beginning to end - the food was outstanding as was the service, wine pairing and ambiance. I recommend for a special celebration or an intimate evening with friends.

CK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine experience. We did the wine pairing and it was excellent. It's definitely a pricey evening but if you're ready to spend money it's definitely worth it.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Main for beef a little tough but dessert possibly best I have ever had.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For us, Pidgin has no culinary equals in East London. It’s simply in a class of its own. We have been there many times now and it never ceases to amaze and delight us.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pidgin was without doubt one of the best meals we've ever had. We went there for our 6 year anniversary and it did not disappoint. Every course of the tasting menu was beautiful and the wine was delicious. A small and intimate setting, the waiting staff were all great too. Cannot recommend this place highly enough and will definitely be returning to see what else they come up with.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff who are accommodating of allergies etc.
Never felt like they were getting in the way but always on hand quickly to clear plates and answer questions etc.
Food was incredible - incredible value for money as it's not often you get to eat a fine dining set menu for such good price.

JG
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with matched drinks. A lovely slightly extravagant treat.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top top food. The menu was exquisite, wine tremendous and ambience perfect balance of intimate and social. The only criticism would be that we left still a little hungry even with the additional cheese course. But probably because the food was so immense we just wanted more.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Great value. Nice ambiance. Will be returning.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab menu, lovely staff with good wine list. Food was great value for money and love the idea of a set menu that changes weekly. Lovely chilled place for a relaxed long and indulgent Saturday lunch

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious with an amazing mixture of flavours. The service was friendly and very informative. Fine dining in a relaxed and chilled environment. Thoroughly recommended, we will be back!

MC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall all the dishes were great, interesting flavour combinations and nice presentation. We were just a bit surprised that most dishes on this particular weeks' tasting menu consisted of lamb (even the dessert which we didn't even touch :( - it was really strange to have a lamb fudge!), I wish it was a bit more varied. Also, although the padron peppers dish was tasty there was no information provided that it will burn your mouth and lips, the peppers were so so hot that their taste overwhelmed everything else there was on the dish (pity), we only recovered after 2 glassed of water or maybe more.
The wine selection was also good.
As the menu changed weekly, I would be interested to come back and try something new.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Maintaining its innovative cooking style in an informal and light environment.
The ingredients are identifiable and intensified within each dish. Highly enjoyable and
good value for money

DL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazingly good and smart with the lamb declination up to the sweet candy. Smart wine list to. My favorite in London. @theparisbiglebowski

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was painful. The poor servers kept screwing things up but somehow wouldn’t apologize. The food was sooo delicious. It was a weird experience.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute Perfection...

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BY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All the food we had was experimental and interesting. The only thing that didn’t work for us was the lamb fudge. The slightly lower score for the service was only because the power went out for a few minutes. Otherwise we enjoyed the meal immensely.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the courses and pacing. Appreciate that the staff is professional and not too fussy. Creative, gorgeous food that’s still accessible.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pidgin is everything we imagined it would be and more, amazing food - so much thought and outrageously good ingredients make this one of the best value meals ever! Would definitely recommend for anyone with an open mind and adventurous palette.

BP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pudding I’ve ever had in my life, and I don’t like puddings normally. Really successful balancing of flavours on all dishes, and nice additions like home made limoncello. One to return to for sure.

SP
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing inventive a real culinary experience.. thank you

f
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our Pidgin adventure ... food is beautifully presented and delicious. Flavours are intense and punchy using creative combinations that surprise and delight.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding start to finish. We came here 4 years ago and loved it, and were delighted to find that it has gotten even better! Really really special food

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in lovely setting. Portions of the same course were a little inconsistent but wouldn’t stop me going again

MR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I visited Pidgin on Friday night for his birthday, overall we had a wonderful experience. The staff were super friendly and informative, we also loved the spa-like toilets. The tasting menu was great, our favourite dish from the menu was the fermented cabbage, we would've preferred to have only had the second pork dish (the first was unfortunately on the dry side). I would say that if you've got a big appetite like my boyfriend then you may be disappointed as the portions are on the small side, however they were fine for me! Thanks for a great evening, Pidgin!