Pidgin

4.7
531 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Pidgin is a modern British restaurant in Hackney, serving a weekly changing set four-course menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European, British, International
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Sat, Sun 13:00–15:00
Dinner
Tue–Sun 18:00–23:00
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Phone number
020 7254 8311
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dan Graham
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Parking Details
Free street parking after 6.30pm.
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Public Transit
Hackney Central - 5 minute walk


Dalston Junction - 12 minute walk


London Fields - 8 minute walk
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sat 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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NS
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third trip to Pidgin for a family get together and it was as amazing as ever. The food is inventive and delicious (the vegetarian option as well - some of us ominvores were envious!) and the wine pairings are chosen with care. The service is friendly and flexible and I can't wait for an excuse to go back!

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pidgin went above and beyond our expectations. Having had our eye on this restaurant for over a year, an anniversary was the perfect time to visit. The food was delicious and the wine pairing was perfect. The extra additions not mentioned on the menu were lovely surprises and although it’s something to save for a special occasion due to the cost, it was worth every penny. Thankyou Pidgin, we will be back soon!

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AS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, one of the best we've had in a long time. Knowledgeable staff, excellent service, thoughtful and exciting dishes that change every week. Tremendous.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple, fresh, delicious

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very interesting food, cosy ambience, good wine pairing.

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NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tastes were superb derived from cooking skills, knowledge of ingredients and their combination and sheer imagination that leave me in awe and that I could not begin to emulate.

There are restaurants which serve food that you think you could cook at home, given the time, patience and equipment. This is very much NOT one of these.

The wines were excellent too.

However, it is not cheap but good value for the superb food it serves

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my god! Some dishes at this restaurant literally made me cry. It’s like, “Life is so good, but everything good must end” :’’’)

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KB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing and actually really good value with all of the additional tasters between courses

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JA
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect. Incredible variety of food, and probably the best meal I have ever had.

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b
London
20 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - another great visit/menu. Service excellent as ever, and the food exquisite. Never disappointed.

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WS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Amazing. Excellent experience. Food was exceptional. We were the first to arrive and the last to leave.

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JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good, service extremely poor, aloof and rude.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining here - they do innovative and exciting things with food here. Lovely, quiet place - very romantic.

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FK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner for a special birthday. However, food quality was uneven - a couple of dishes were very underwhelming, while others were excellent. And, for what it's worth, portions are very small. Service excellent though. Overall, for the price, there are better options.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s a cosy and lovely restaurant! The food are amazing and come with surprises! The pace between courses was great! Although the ambience can be improved by better lighting and adding a touch of style. Would be perfect if the staffs are more friendly!

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked a table for my boyfriends birthday. A cosy restaurant with outstanding food and friendly service. Both thoroughly enjoyed the taster menu and the wine pairing made it! The restaurant were able to adapt the menu so it was gluten free for me which meant I didn’t have to miss out on anything! The little extras were a great touch too.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is delicious. And I love that it's classy without being pretentious. Our waiter was very nice too - very important.

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!

I was really looking forward to taking my wife to Pidgin for our 17th wedding anniversary. I had eaten at Magpie, the sister restaurant, a couple of times and really liked it.

So what went wrong? The following quote from a celebrated restaurant critic sums it up:

"There are 10 main criteria by which I judge whether my readers will enjoy a restaurant, and the 11th is the food".

The food was technically excellent, bordering on faultless. However, the portions were a little sparse and I ended up coming home and stuffing myself with fruit and chocolate - not great after spending £170 on eating out!

But the real shame was the overall experience: cold, indifferent service. No warmth or enthusiasm from the staff. Both young waitresses rattled off the contents of the dishes as they were served without stumbling or catching their breath. But, was there any interest in the food or whether we were enjoying our meal? Nothing that was shared with us.

The service, as with the food, was delivered without major mishaps. No downright rudeness and no long waits.....

The whole experience just left me cold. I eat out several times a week, mainly for work, and there are so many great new restaurants offering high quality fayre, but also with a friendly attitude which makes a completely different impression. Even if the food had been earth-shatteringly good (which it wasn't) I still would rather have the personal touch and drop a notch with the food.

The thing about indifferent service that really baffles me is that great service - even just a warm welcome and a friendly smile - costs nothing.

Good luck Pidgin - I am sure you can sort this out, the food is lovely. Maybe we just caught the staff on a bad night?!

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SM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Truly an excellent experience, i have eaten in many high class restaurants and this is up there but in a different way. There is obvious skill and commitment in the kitchen and i love their ever changing weekly menu. interesting combinations with good flavors and spot on cooking make a wonderful combination. The wine list is interesting and i mean that in a good way ie it pushes you to places and styles you would not normally go for. The room is small and basic but that adds to the experience rather than detracts. I strongly recommend a trip it warrants and deserves support.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved the whole experience from start to finish. As a mushroom hating vegetarian, they catered for me with care and no judgement! Can't wait to return!

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GC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal again at Pidgin with really interesting wine pairing...love this place!!

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PD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had wanted to go to this restaurant for a while. It’s a local gem and the food is absolutely fantastic. An excellent European/ Japanese fusion of flavours which were unexpectedlly brilliant. Perfect for couples but I wouldn’t take a group larger than four.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stunningly creative and delicious food and great wine list.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really lovely - thank you! great food - LOVED the green tomato and jalapeño sauce - and all so beautifully presented.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, intimate and refreshing! Perfect treat night!

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

really nice menu, a total gem. looking forward to going back next time

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SF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent evening spent at Pidgin. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Love that the menu changes weekly and would certainly go back again!

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NE
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, fantastic food and great service.

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V
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very welcoming and excellent and generous wine service. Some delicious dishes but overall uneven . Part of the dessert we found was not edible(tasted of milk gone off) .Inquired with the waitress who tried to explain this was the taste of fermented sake! When I booked I mentioned it was our anniversary but it was not acknowledged.

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The menu did not play to my tastes. There was an amazing course of veal. The dishes surrounding that main course we're not to my taste.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal here, the service was impeccable and the food was great. The tasting menu is good value for four decent sized courses (and some!)

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HD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, friendly service, creatively prepared food. Would definitely go back.

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TF
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very interesting menu, lots more than just the 4 courses. Would recommend for a special evening

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fabulous food and wonderful service. What is not to like.

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ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small restaurant with fixed 4 course menu without the razmatazz but premium prices at £49 plus an additional service charge. Food was interesting and flavoursome but was just a bit too foodie/trendy for my palate with most ingredients that I had never heard off.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, wine and staff. Bit cramped. Luckily the next table were nice people. We hope they thought we were too. It’s not the place for an intimate or difficult conversation!

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NB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pidgin more than lived up to its reputation - we will definitely be back!

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LT
Switzerland
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative foods in unlikely combinations creating a transcendent taste experience. Mind blowing. Bread and “browned” butter were in themselves a new level of food that I barely knew existed. Every detail was perfect.

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NT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After all the hype, we thought it was time to visit Pidgin. The restaurant has a lovely frontage with a nice cosy interior. Foodwise, it was delicious but nothing special about it. This may be because the menu is changing every week and it doesn't allow the chef to evolve or improve the current dishes to another level. The waitress who looked after us struggled to introduce and explain the majority of the dishes and she also knocked over some of my drink and took way whatever left in the glass without offering a replacement until I had to ask for it. Overall - I will give it 7.5 out of 10.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not as good as Salon in Brixton, but more expensive.

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