EAT OUT OR EAT IN A menu for four from Mag­pie to try at home

Try out the new flavours of these clever recipes from this cre­ative Lon­don restau­rant, the last word in shar­ing plates

BBC Good Food - - Contents - recipes ADOLFO DE CECCO words CHRISTINE HAYES pho­tographs DAVID COTSWORTH

Mag­pie will not be for every­one. An in­dus­trial-style fit-out, po­tent cock­tails and cen­tral lo­ca­tion (off Re­gent Street) make for a clat­tery, oc­ca­sion­ally chaotic, at­mos­phere. Dishes are of­fered on a wooden trol­ley that snakes and jud­ders its way through closely packed ta­bles – fun for some, or a gim­mick too far? There’s no ar­gu­ing with the food though. Co-own­ers Sam Her­lihy (be­low left) and James Rams­den have cre­ated an in­trigu­ing menu of feel-good dishes with clever twists, such as coq au vin fried chicken and steak tartare with ta­leg­gio and truf­fle crisps. Many dishes fea­ture am­bi­tious in­gre­di­ents such as kombu (sea­weed), ume­boshi (pick­led plumbs), gje­tost (cheese) – eat­ing here is an ed­u­ca­tion. We asked Mag­pie to cre­ate a sim­pli­fied menu based on what’s served at the restau­rant, adapted to be cooked at home. Trol­ley ser­vice op­tional. mag­pie.di­ne­su­perb.com

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