Pidgin is a restaurant in Hackney that serves a weekly-changing tasting menu, with dishes taking eclectic global influences. The restaurant is well-known as one of East London's earlier fine dining restaurants and it once held a Michelin star.
A number of well-known chefs have started their careers at Pidgin before going on to do well with their own restaurants. Elizabeth Haigh won a Michelin star whilst head chef of Pidgin, before going on to create Mei Mei in Borough Market, and the likes of Drew Snaith and Adolfo De Cecco have also held the position.
The restaurant itself sits in a relatively small space on Wilton Way - a Hackney backstreet close to Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate, with drinks made at a bar area in the restaurant and dishes coming out of the adjoining kitchen area. Pale blues and greys give the interiors a calm, serene vibe, whilst a well-stocked wine shelf runs all the way around the restaurant's upper wall, lending to Pidgin's neighbourhood restaurant atmosphere.
Pidgin is famously built on a philosophy of never repeating a dish twice across a tasting menu that changes every week. To date, the restaurant has never served the same dish twice, and has served well over 1000 unique dishes to date. As a result, guests know that every visit guarantees entirely new dishes on the menu, and dishes take on myriad international influences. The menu at the time of writing includes monkfish with parsnip and grape, a grouse shami kebab, an onion bhaji, and potato with dulse and creme fraiche.
The restaurant also serves wines by the glass and bottle, a wine flight to accompany the tasting menu, and a compact cocktail menu that includes an Oyster Shell Martini (gin, oyster shell, miso), Toasted Rice Martini (vodka, toasted rice, pickle) and a Kampot Negroni (gin, Antica Formula, Campari, kampot pepper).