Review on The Magazine Restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Set in the heart of Hyde Park, the Magazine restaurant adjoins the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery which is housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion. The contemporary restaurant located in what was an 1805 Gunpowder store used by the Military until 1963, has been designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid and is operated by Kofler & Kompanie.
The stark white futuristic building with its undulating membrane roof, curves down to meet the ground at three points, with large inset glass walls to take in the views of the surrounding landscaped gardens, created by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. The white theme continues inside the restaurant with the occasional splash of colour provided by the green seating and tables. The whole effect, with the white feature column shaped flumes from ceiling to floor is very space age and one can almost hear those immortal words associated with Star Trek, "Beam me up Scotty".
Diners can expect starters in the shape of crab salad served with brioche and cucumber as well as buttermilk fried corn-fed chicken, country ranch and Iceberg lettuce. Follow on with slow roasted turkey, honey glazed carrot and maple bacon sprouts or from the sea there's Scottish salmon, creamed leeks and chowder. To finish enjoy buttermilk waffle, banana and salted caramel or apple pie, pecan and cinnamon.
The well-researched wine list showcases both New and Old World wines, together with cocktails influenced by the building's history, as well as the kitchen's British and Japanese dishes.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00am through
Dinner: 6.00pm Tue-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card