The decor speaks of Parisian cafs and bars with marble tables and chandeliers. The wine list is well-curated with a nod to atypical wine regions. And the menu is clever and innovative, featuring eclectic small plates influenced by dishes from Europe, Southeast Asia and further afield – a melting pot of cuisines served up on mismatched plates. The latest from chef Justin Leboe defies definition, and the moniker, Pigeonhole – as in, what the restaurant refuses to be – reflects exactly that.
Nestled next to Model Milk in a former dairy building, Pigeonhole has breathed new life into the space once occupied by Victoria’s. That spot’s old sign remains as an homage to the building’s history, overlaid now with the neon pink of Pigeonhole’s signage. Inside, the soothing setting serves as a backdrop to the ever-changing menu of unexpected dishes. The plates are small and eminently shareable, which makes it easy to take the international tour around Leboe and chef de cuisine Garret B. Martin’s borderless approach to food, while enjoying an expertly crafted cocktail or glass of wine.
Restaurants in the Best New Restaurants category opened by the end of summer 2015. It gave each restaurant time to find its groove and our judges time to eat there before the deadlines for our March issue. Other restaurants have opened since and they are on our radar for next year.