By Laura Nickoll
On the first floor of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, which exhibits works of art from his private collection, Hirst has reconstructed the décor and feel of the original Pharmacy in Notting Hill – the place to be seen in the mid 90s. Collaborating with restaurateur and champion of British produce Mark Hix on the food, Pharmacy 2 sends out a roll-call of globally-influenced starters, mains and puds. The all-day menu stays rooted to British soil for its ingredients (taking pride in signalling provenance where it can), but is a patchwork of cuisines
What to order Risotto and linguine sit alongside Vietnamese prawn salad and sweet potato and squash curry, and brik a l’oeuf de canard with harissa shares the billing with spiced sweetcorn fritters.
Pipsqueak tip The children’s menu is as imaginative as the setting. Think prawn cocktail, vegetable risotto and minute steak and chips. On Sundays, the kids menu offers roast chicken or beef with potatoes and cauliflower cheese.