When it comes to flavours, atmosphere and interior design, the people at Blixen speak my language. My, oh my, as we walked through the wood panelled, high ceilinged former bank, with ochre leather banquette seating, dark veined marble surfaces and gleaming brass railings, I wondered how it could get better. We were led through to a stunning conservatory, lush with greenery, overlooking the colourful clothing stalls of Old Spitalfields Market. “Rustic opulence” springs to mind as the perfect description for the character of this charming brasserie, and as we sunk into plush canvas benches and laid eyes on their dreamy menu we realised this was just the start of an afternoon of sensory heaven.
Now I know I am gushing, but bear with me; Blixen is a place that needs to be gushed about. Take their menu for example, a finely balanced collection of old favourites and the latest culinary trends with plenty of unique Blixen twists. From pork belly with spaetzle, kale and quince to cauliflower steak with curry leaf, toasted coconut and wild rice, it’s their flavour combinations that really get the mouth watering.
Arriving around midday, we were in perfect time for brunch (served from 10am to 2pm). Their signature potato rosti sounded too good to resist and temptation has never tasted so good. As silky orange yolk from a perfect poached egg enrobed rich, succulent salt beef, creamy hollandaise and crisp potato rosti, it was instantly clear I had made a winning choice. My sister’s bacon and fried egg sandwich was elevated by game-changing tomato jam and delicately naughty skinny fries. To top off this glutton’s feast, we gave in to sharing the buttermilk pancake stack with whipped marscapone, a delicious blueberry compote and warm maple syrup. Washed down with fragrant, floral cocktails like Hedgeland – gin, spiced apple cordial, elderflower, lime and creme de mure – it was a brunch we won’t soon forget. Safe to say we waddled out of there with grins as big as our food babies.
So if you’re in Shoreditch and struggling to choose between the oodles of trend setting, instagram loving eateries, give Blixen a try. You will be rewarded and then some.