Written by Mark
Revised by Brent Deverman
OCT Loft is known for creativity and art galleries. What if that art was applied to the food there? If an artist combined two cuisines together would he/she think to choose Chinese Northeastern (Dongbei) flavors and western food? Let’s face it, Shenzhen has so many places to eat, picking one can drive the sanest person crazy – but when I heard about the opening night of this new trendy artsy restaurant – Magpie – we had to check it out.
The team behind the concept
Tucked away in the beautiful surroundings of OCT LOFT, the Magpie restaurant – brainchild of head chef Cadence Gao – is ideally situated, serving traditional Dong Bei food styled with a contemporary western edge – the perfect escape from the hectic city lifestyle.
We heard about the team creating a restaurant something like 3 years ago so it is great to see that it has finally come together and that their skills all compliment each other to build a concept that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
The decoration and ambiance
The first thing that grabs your attention is the relaxing ambiance and modern decoration which gel together perfectly. The staff were genuine and friendly and even though busy, were tentative and helpful.
Drinks and cocktails
The menu offers something for everyone, beautifully presented and skillfully written, complimented with a collection alcoholic beverages including some of the finest cocktails, carefully chosen and sculpted by talented mixologists.
Best Selling Cocktails:
Wine by the bottle is also reasonably priced with a bottle of Artero Tempranillo going for 185RMB.
Biting into a painting
The food was succulent and juicy, each dish freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. – My favourite dishes included “Who killed my duck?” – “Belly full of Scallops” and “The Obligatory Steak” but to name a few.
The menu is seasonal and may not be the same when you visit as they were just finishing their winter menu.
Maybe it was the attention to detail, the mouth-watering food or the delicious candyfloss cocktails that made my visit so memorable – whatever it was, the entire dining experience at the Magpie restaurant was exquisite and I look forward to visiting again soon.
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Restaurant Name: Magpie 喜鹊派
Place Address: Oct B Loft A5 125 深圳华侨城创意园北区A5125（旧天堂书店背面）
Place Phone: +86755-86528782（14:00-02:00）
Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00-02:00
Map to Magpie