Pidgin duo James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy open Enfant Terrible

02 December 2016 by
Pidgin duo James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy open Enfant Terrible

The duo behind Michelin-starred Pidgin in London's Hackney have now opened what is thought to be the smallest wine bar in the area, just a short walk from the restaurant.

James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy opened Enfant Terrible at 51 Greenwood Road yesterday (1 December).

The new venue, a barbershop by day and bar by night, will offer a daily changing wine list, cocktails and bar snacks.

The pair described Enfant Terrible as a nod to the new generation of Parisian wine bars.

Herlihy added: "Enfant Terrible is a simple place; eat a tartare, a tin of smoked oysters and some epoisses while drinking a bunch of wine, and that's at the very least a pretty solid foundation for a damn good night."

The stripped-back space will echo the design of the neighbourhood restaurant and will comprise 12 metal counter stools tucked beneath a wood-topped bar and shelves stocked with the day's bottles.

Bar snacks will include a tin of smoked oysters, chilli crisp and lime (£6); mutton tartare, roasted rice, brown butter, fish sauce (£8); truffled Tunworth, brioche, caramelised shallot, endive and orange (£8); and cognac and kampot pepper caramel brownie (£4). There will be a frequently changing croque, beginning with sausage, epoisses, pickled onion and sauce vin rouge "pho", a riff on the French dip (£8).

Ajax Kentish has been appointed as bar manager to oversee the day-to-day running of the venue. He has spent the last four years behind the bars of establishments such as the Franklin in New Orleans, Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs and Keith McNally's Schiller's Liquor Bar in New York, along with launching London's Spuntino with Russell Norman.

Kentish said: "After a brief hiatus away in New York and New Orleans for the last four years, I can't think of a better team to be with arriving back in London. I can't wait to see the bar filled with regulars and new faces."

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