Teaming up again after the success of Tramshed, the UK restaurant with the Damien Hirst formaldehyde-tank'd cow front and centre, chef Mark Hix and Hirst have collaborated again on a new UK restaurant, a mad, pharmacy-themed eatery located in London.
Named after Hirst's first Pharmacy restaurant which closed its Notting Hill premises many, many moons ago, Pharmacy 2 opened its doors last week and is bursting with DNA strands, pills, drugs, works and all sorts of medicinal paraphernalia directly from Hirst's madcap mind, as well as the artist's iconic Kaleidoscope butterfly works. On the menu, designed by Hix, diners can expect classic British fare - think: Smashed avocado on toast for brunch, shaved winter squash with Trevisano and Graceburn cheese as a light lunch and Poached Yorkshire Rhubarb and Saffron ice cream for dessert.
Though Pharmacy 2 only displays Hirst's works, the diner is part of Hirst's brand new Newport Gallery in London. The space features a huge collection of over 3,000 ranging from the icons (think: Francis Bacon, Banksy, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso) to young, emerging artists and oddities, such as taxidermy and natural history specimens, collected by Hirst over the years. Go for the art and stay for the prescribed food.
Pharmacy 2 is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-Midnight; Sunday 10am-6pm; www.pharmacyrestaurant.com