Lunch at Magpie

Brunch is brunch. I mean, no matter where you go, avocado on toast with poached eggs will always be avocado on toast with poached eggs. Maybe the presentation is better, eggs are more or less runny, or avocado is more on the green or yellowy side; but it’s still the same dish.

It’s taken me a few months of blogging to realise this. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE brunch, but I’ve realised that whilst I could spend hours talking about the many restaurants and cafes I’ve been to to enjoy the first meal of the day, I am not as great when it comes to listing good places for lunch and dinner. I mean, really good places.

So this Sunday, instead of trying yet another brunch hotspot in the capital, I decided to be a little bit more adventurous and go out for a nice lunch. Wild, I know.

After hours of restaurant-research and being completely overwhelmed by all the different places I wanted to try, Simon picked out Magpie at Heddon Street, just off Regent Street.

We booked a table for Sunday afternoon, thinking it was going to be extremely busy, but to our surprise, we were basically the only ones there. The waitress explained that not a lot of people knew about it yet, since it had only been opened for two months.

We sat outside and ordered a big bottle of sparkling water because we were feeling fancy. After scanning the menu (even though I pretty much already knew what I was going to order) we decided to order two small dishes and a main, all to share.

The first dish to arrive was the beef tartare with taleggio, truffle crisps and yolk. Oh my. After just having one mouthful of it I knew we were set for a pretty damn good lunch. The tartare’s consistency was PERFECT; not too slimy or too hard, and combined with the crisps crunchiness and the yolk and taleggio’s flavor resulted in an explosion of flavor.

Second dish was fried chicken ‘coq au vin’ and red wine sauce. All I have to say about it to express how insanely good it was is that I would pay 50 pounds for a whole bucket and regret nothing.

Last dish we had was risotto with wild mushrooms, mole verde and barley. Although I am not the biggest fan of mole, this last dish was also to die for. Just like the tartar, this dish’s consistency was also perfect. Yes, if you haven’t noticed by now I am VERY picky with food’s consistency; if pasta is overcooked, I’ll notice it straight away.

In brief, I couldn’t recommend this place enough. As I said before, being brand new means that we enjoyed a great meal with brilliant service in a pretty much empty restaurant. If you have the chance to visit it before it starts getting busier, definitely give it a go.

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