Review on Blixen
Blixen was unveiled in February 2015, running alongside the Old Spitalfields Market located in a form London bank, the bi-level space was more recently home to the Sweet Basil Italian restaurant. It is the first solo venture of Village London founder Clive Watson and his long time friend and business associate, Justin Gilbert of Coriander Buildings Ltd. Watson has already three other established ventures under his belt, including the London Bermondsey gastropub the Garrison which opened in 2003, the European brasserie, Village East in 2006 and the Riding House Café in 2011.
Billed as an informal take on a grand European brasserie, Blixen is a capacious all-day venue serving food, coffee and snacks throughout the day including cocktails in the underground cocktail bar, originally the old bank's vault, which also serves as a private dining room. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming with a bustling open kitchen overlooking the high-ceilinged room, blue banquette seating, mid century furniture, brass fittings and a terrazzo tiled floor, leads out to an outdoor covered terrace.
From the dinner menu kick off with white onion soup, cauliflower cheese rarebit or maybe from the sea choose squid, chorizo and chickpea stew with saffron. and thyme or carnivores will enjoy crispy pork belly, spaetzle, kale and quince. When in comes to desserts there's dishes in the shape of crème caramel with brandied prunes or rhubarb meringue roulade, paired with pistachio ice cream.
Service is attentive and courteous and a well-priced wine list with plenty of options available by the glass, plus zingy cocktails adds to the whole package.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 10.30am (10.00am Sat & Sun) through
Dinner: 11.00pm (6.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card