My weekends always start early with no work on Fridays. Hurrah! This particular Friday afternoon I decided to whisk Mr S away from work and meet him for some lunchtime jollity. We headed for the nearby eatery Blixen an all-day bar and brassiere renowned for its beautiful indoor garden.
On entry the restaurant didn’t disappoint with its clever layout. You have bar seats at one end of the open kitchen, cosy booths and a wonderfully romantic indoor garden full of hanging plants and cacti.
Full of hungry lunchers, we didn’t manage to bag a seat in the garden area, but I was more than happy with my booth.
We started our day date on a healthy number and ordered from their great juices and smoothie menu. Mr S went for Good Health (£4) with apple, celery, fennel, parsley and lemon. Mine was a pear, pineapple and ginger number called Good Times (£4). Chosen in equal parts for its name and inclusion of my favourite herbaceous perennial.
We opted to dine from their brunch menu which is available from 10am – 2pm. The rest of the menu is more modern European with the likes of sea bream with fregola, greens and beurre noisette, slow cooked lamb shoulder with farro, eggplant, peas, rocket and pistachio pesto or a strozzapretti puttanesca.
Back to brunch. I couldn’t resist the potato rosti with spinach, poached eggs and parmesan (£7). It can also come with a topping of salt beef and mustard hollandaise. The rosti was thick and deliciously crispy. Apart from the lack of seasoning, I loved the dish. Easily fixed with a couple of shakes from the salt pot.
Mr S decided to mix and match and started with the celeriac, apple and truffle oil soup (£5). I had food envy once it arrived, it tasted and smelt divine. A perfect winter warmer.
This was followed by sourdough bread topped with scrambled eggs and house hot-smoked trout with dill (£8.50). An honest dish perfectly executed in the words of Mr S.
Being on a time limit we had to forgo dessert reluctantly. Service was a little slow throughout our whole lunch. Fine when you’re whiling away time on Sunday, but not when you’re after a quick food pit stop on your lunch break. Quite surprising given the city heavy clientele they’re targeting.
Nevertheless Blixen is a beautiful oasis in the Old Spitalfields market it looks onto, with its romantic corners and cosy booths. It has the looks, the good food and reasonable prices. A no brainer that I’ll be back. This time not to skip on the desserts.
Blixen | 65A Brushfield Street | London | E1 6AA
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