As soon as I walked into Blixen, I fell in love with the decor; the dining room is spacious with a high ceiling and lots of light provided by the big windows and large ceiling lamps. It feels fresh and modern and best of all unique unlike other Spitalfields restaurants which are largely popular chains. There was a pretty garden theme that runs through the decor of the restaurant…
With chairs that resemble benches and exposed brickwork…
Stools covered in hessian…
Comfy cushions like in a conservatory…
And more private booths. The decor is eclectic with all the different seating but it all works beautifully together to create a space that’s casual and fun, yet still smart and stylish.
Leading out from the ground floor restaurant space is a covered garden, beautifully accessorised with real trees, plants and cacti – which are quite fashionable at the moment! There’s also a darker more intimate seating area in the basement which I didn’t get photos of. The staff were super friendly too and all said hello and smiled as I bumbled around the restaurant taking photos!
Soon my lunch time companions arrived and we took a seat in one of Blixen’s comfortable booths. Back when I was planning my wedding last year I made a few friends in the wedding industry and we had chosen today for a long overdue catch up. Liesel and Mimi own Zouch and Lamare, a highly successful and stylish events and wedding planning company. And Karen runs popular Jewish wedding blog Smashing the Glass, where she writes about inventive and creative weddings that break the usual mould of Jewish weddings. I love Karen’s blog and she was actually kind enough to ask me to guest post for her whilst she took maternity leave and trust me, attending the Herve Leger wedding dress preview did not feel like work!
Anyway back to Blixen which features a small but creative menu of modern European food. Liesel chose the option of two starters rather than a main course:
A hearty squid, chorizo and chickpea stew topped with a saffron aioli
Balanced with a kale, walnut, avocado, beetroot and pickled courgette salad which she chose to top with burrata.
Karen chose the same salad but plumped for the option of chicken breast. Both ladies loved the healthy salad packed with super foods and antioxidants.
Mimi and I chose the sea bream, white beans, broccolini and hazelnuts…my plate arrived swimming with oil but when I asked for a new plate the waitress quickly whipped it away and replaced it with clean crockery.
The fish was beautifully cooked and I loved the crispy vegetables and the creamy but slightly nutty beans.
Now I have on good authority from two of my favourite bloggers and brunching experts that Blixen is the perfect place for their favourite mid-morning meal and serves a damn good coffee. I must say I really liked Blixen for the decor, food and atmosphere…I will most certainly be back to try the brunch!
65A Brushfield Street
020 7101 0093