What can you tell us about Pidgin?
if you're unfamiliar with them, they're a small and hugely popular restaurant in Hackney, run by Sam Herlihy and James Ramsden. At the restaurant during normal times, you can expect a single set course menu with a difference - it completely changes every week. So once you've missed a dish, it's gone forever as they never repeat themselves. The same approach translates to their delivery venture, called Homing Pidgin.
And for this, they've teamed up with Mortimer House?
They had already been delivering Homing Pidgin weekly dinners to the local east London area, pretty much since the beginning of the first lockdown. That's still continuing - but now they're also working from the Mortimer House kitchen in Fitzrovia and delivering across the whole of London. So if you were previously outside of their catchment area, this is your chance to get your Pidgin fix right now.
The concept remains the same?
It does indeed - so every week, there will be a new menu. We'll show you what we had below to give you a small flavour of what they're doing - but those dishes are gone forever now. The changing menu does give you the opportunity to wait until something really catches your eye, though. So if the latest dishes aren't quite your thing - just check back the following week to see how things have changed.
And they really change - it's not just a case of tweaking dishes - the whole menu is reinvented every week.
What kind of meal-kit is it?
It's a combination of plating and warming only. For our menu, only one of the courses needed warming in the oven, making it a very simple process.
And what was on the menu for your dinner?
Our three-course meal was...
And that menu has already changed?
Yes, at the time of writing, the next dinner features this little setup:
- Warm coco bean salad with a lardo dressing, cranberry poached radicchio, fennel and roasted hazelnuts
- Fennel seed cured chicken thigh with a porcini and Madeira sauce, celeriac gratin and spring greens with spiced lovage butter
- Orange posset with a chocolate and orange blossom cremeax, stem ginger and candied orange peel with a tempered chocolate crumb
So that illustrates just how much the menu shifts every week. Have to love a menu which has a salad with a lardo dressing...
What if I'm out of London at the moment?
They have a monthly dinner that is being delivered nationwide too. Given delivery constraints, that's not going to change as much - but on the other hand it's actually a five-course meal. At the moment, it features dishes like pork belly croquettes with miso and confit garlic aioli as well as 36hr slow-braised Swaledale featherblade with shiitake ketchup, smoked potato dauphine and wild garlic buttered kale.
Pidgin have been one of London's truly great restaurants pretty much since they started, and they've moved to the new delivery way of life with aplomb. An ever-changing menu means you're bound to find a meal that's just right for you and once you've found that match, we'd strongly advise you to order asap.
More about Pidgin at Mortimer House
How much? £50 (feeds two)
Delivery range: Within the M25
How to order: Order online Order by 5pm on Tuesday for Friday delivery.
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