10 February 2016
Damien Hirst’s new restaurant, opened in collaboration with Mark Hix, launched at Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London on 23rd February 2016. The restaurant, Pharmacy 2, serves classic British and European food, catering for visitors to the exhibitions throughout the day, and evening diners when the gallery is closed.
On the opening of the restaurant, Hirst commented: "Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions; art and food. I’ve always loved Mark as a chef and his approach to food, so it’s great we’re working together on this."
Hix added: “Damien and I have been friends for many years, sharing a love of food and art. Damien 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."
The menu reflects Hix and Hirst’s shared passion for quality food made from fresh ingredients. Highlights include: Brick a l'oeuf de carnard with harissa; Shaved winter squash with treviso and Graceburn cheese; Crispy squid with green chilli, garlic and almonds; 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 serves 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. A carefully selected wine list and cocktails including Hix's signature Hix Fix (Morello cherry in Somerset apple eau de vie topped with sparkling wine is also available.
Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst’s long-term ambition to share his art collection with the public. Entry to the gallery, which is currently showing an exhibition of work by the British abstract painter John Hoyland (1934–2011), is free. While the gallery itself will continue to host exhibitions of other artists' work, Pharmacy 2 gives visitors the opportunity to view some of Hirst’s own art, which here reflects his interest in science, through medicine and pharmaceuticals. The restaurant exhibits site-specific work from a number of Hirst’s most iconic series, including the Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings. It also features etched glass windows depicting DNA strands, marble inlayed flooring and a bar that incorporates a stainless steel and glass vitrine. Individually crafted pill designs are embedded into the marble floor as well as embroidered onto the leather banquettes.
Pharmacy 2 is open from 10am to 12 midnight, Tuesday to Saturday (with the gallery closing at 6pm) and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.
Reservations can be made at www.pharmacyrestaurant.com or by calling 0203 141 9333.
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