A couple of weeks ago, I visited The Magazine restaurant for lunch. I’d heard the buzz about its architecture when it opened at the end of last year but it wasn’t until I was in a taxi driving past Kensington Gardens one night that I decided …
… I wanted to step inside. And I wasn’t disappointed by Zaha Hadid’s design.
Looking around the restaurant, I noted quite a sophisticated clientele who made me feel I was more on mainland Europe than in a London park. But I imagined at night, this crowd would be different when The Magazine becomes an event space and the djs come out to play.
As for the food, the Japanese influence of German chef Oliver Lange’s training added to the sense of another world.
For my starter, I had The Magazine Sushi which included dragon roll and unagi; spicy hamachi and crispy ginger; quail egg and truffle; volcano roll and teriyaki sauce; and smoked trout with oven baked tomato …
Since I was a kid, I’ve loved The Serpentine. I even remember the first time I visited the gallery when I was at school. So it only makes sense that The Serpentine’s latest addition to its family would be something more grown up and even more exciting. As for the restaurant, I’m a sucker for interesting spaces.
The Magazine, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA