When it launched back in 1998, the original Damien Hirst-designed Pharmacy Restaurant & Bar gave Notting Hill a cool shot in the arm. Now after an absence of 12 years, it’s back – albeit this time in the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, and with the collaboration of Mark Hix – and the newly resuscitated Pharmacy 2 promises to be one of the most exciting openings of 2016.
“Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions: art and food,” says Damien, whose famous Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings will be on display, alongside etched glass windows depicting DNA strands, marble inlayed flooring and a bar that incorporates a stainless steel and glass vitrine. “I’ve always loved Mark as a chef and his approach to food, so it’s great we’re working together on this.”
The menu reflects Hix and Hirst’s shared passion for quality food made from fresh ingredients. “Damien and I have been friends for many years, sharing a love of food and art. He designed a formaldehyde ‘Cock and Bull’ for my restaurant Tramshed so it makes sense for me to exchange my skills by creating the menus at Pharmacy 2,” says Mark.
Uniting the best of classic British and European food, highlights at Pharmacy 2 include Brick à l’oeuf de carnard with harissa; Crispy squid with green chilli, garlic and almonds; and Mark’s interpretation of the traditional German dish, ‘Heaven and Earth’; Reg Johnson’s duck curry with basmati rice; Soft white polenta with a Burford Brown egg yolk and shaved Wiltshire truffles; Pineapple upside-down cake; and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with saffron ice cream.
The restaurant has a carefully selected wine list, and a cocktail menu that includes everything from the aptly named Fizz-Ness (quince-infused Tanqueray London dry gin, chamomile syrup, honey water and lemon), to Dorset Donkey (Black Cow vodka, cherry eau de vie, lime juice, cherries, sage leaves and ginger ale) and the famous Hix Fix £13.50 (Morello cherry in Somerset Cider Brandy Company apple eau de vie topped with sparkling wine).
The restaurant will serve light breakfasts during the week, brunch at weekends, and roasts on Sundays. Prices on the all day menu start from £7.95 for sandwiches, starters from £5.95, mains from £13.50, and pudding from £4.