David Waddington and Pablo Flack - the men behind Flash, the Reindeer Restaurant and Bistrotheque – last weekend launched their most fleeting project to date.
Taking shape in a fashion photographic studio (where else?) in London’s King’s Cross, Patron Silver Reindeer opened its doors for just three days, serving up an unforgettable banquet to anyone lucky enough to get a reservation.
Open only to those Londoners with their fingers sewn firmly to the pulse, the space itself was decked in achromatic Christmas style. Designed by Waddington and Flack, together with set designer du jour Gary Card, the interior bore all the hallmarks of cool festive kitsch, complete with giant fir tree, baby grand piano and a cascade of suspended white, paper snowflakes.
Food was devised by the long-time Waddington/Flack collaborator and head chef at Bistrotheque, Tom Collins, who provided guests with ‘a seasonal English feast' comprising roast pheasant legs with honey and skewered drunken quails. Sponsored by Patron tequila – cocktails were prepared Flack himself, who among his many guises, is a master mixologist to boot.
"Remember a reindeer is not for life, just for one weekend before Christmas," warned the events organisers and, true to their dictum, as doors closed on Sunday 13th, that was the end. And as the post mortem chatter dies down, it's replaced the length and breadth of the capital by eager creatives wondering what Waddington and Flack will cook up next.