Time Out says
A trendy-luxe French bistro on Brick Lane.
You can always judge a restaurant by its loo – which is why I was pleased to see the tapestry of frolicking nudes at Blanchette East. This toilet said: naughty but nice, fun with a certain je ne sais quoi. There’s another naked babe above the bar; clearly, this Shoreditch spin-off of popular Soho hangout Blanchette doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Foodwise, think decent bistro fare with a few twists – North African-inflected, with Provençal and Basque overtones – rejigged into small plates you’ll want to share. I could’ve left happy after the snack alone, a merguez sausage roll with harissa mayo for dunking – spicy, flaky and ever-so-slightly sweetened by the onion confit. Ooh la la.
A divisive-sounding escargot surf n’ turf of seared hanger steak topped with (shell-less) snails, parsley, garlic and a velvety onion purée was a highlight. Lamb tagine was no less gorgeous, speckled with almonds, its richness cut by whipped labheh. Green bean and comté salad and pomegranate couscous were also exquisite.
My rose-tinted specs did have to come off when dessert arrived; a chilled peach and saffron ‘soup’ was redolent of shop-bought smoothie and a coconut macaroon was inedibly brittle. Zingy basil sorbet fared better, but I’d stick to post-prandial cocktails instead.
Because hey, not everything can be perfect. Blanchette East is a solid-gold date night option; or, if you want to romp in a group, request the lovely back table, secluded by frosted glass and velvet drapes. Like I said, naughty but nice.
Our menu Change very often, our delicious snacks are for sharing such as the signature Merguez Sausage Roll with Harissa Mayonnaise, French Cheese and Charcuterie, some spices are explored in dishes such as Marinated Stone Sea Bass with Saffron, Pomegranate and Aioli or Crispy Braised Lamb Shoulder with Pomme Purée and Glazed Shallots.
The music is curated specially by Malik, who is also founder of sound design company La Musique du Faubourg. Malik's eclectic signature style blends elements of nu-disco, funk soul classics and new wave - a neat parallel to the diversity of Shoreditch.
204 Brick Lane
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street Overground|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.|
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat midday-11pm; Sun 12pm-9pm|
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This is a slightly hidden gem on Brick Lane. As soon as you pass the entrance you feel the great atmosphere and vibe of the place. Good variety in the shared plate menu and super drinks. I keep coming back to this place every time I visit London.
Blanchette East is a good place where you can share testy food prepared with love . The french touch is definitly in your plate . Every dishes we tried were delicious and the selection of wines is well adapted. The staff is friendly , decors and the music makes you just feel Good
Went to blanchette restaurant at Soho first and then couple of weeks ago at Shoreditch with a bunch of friends.
First of all, one thing you can not miss about this place is the look: charming, cosy, brickwalls, rustic with wooden tables and chairs.
Segundo, the food is simply brilliant. My friends and I started at the bar where we had a charcuterie board. Lovely! Then we moved inside and shared some tapas styles plates.
Blanchette serves comforting, good quality food and the staff is also very friendly. Yannis one of the owner, will welcome you in a proper way like they do in his native Normandy region.
I would definitely recommend that restaurant if you fancy a cool atmosphere, classy French bistro type without any bookings beforehand.
Blanchette East is my favourite place to share a meal with friends or family. Every plate is delicious and the selection of wine is fantastic! I would recommend the baked St. Marcellin w/ honey & truffle...the best!
Evenings at Blanchette are simply my favourites! Love seating at the bar and start with a glass of Crémant. The atmosphere there is something you won’t find everywhere; great music, delicious small plates to share, and super friendly staff. Can’t wait to visit again!
Great place to have a nice bottle of wine by the counter and share some small dishes prepared with authenticity and love! great staff as well!
Absolutely superb! You must stop by if you are in the area or make your way there if you are not. The staff, decor and music make the atmosphere wonderful, and the food is to fall for, with both simple and refined dishes. I will come again and again.
A little diamond in Brick Lane! Cosy, trendy and amazing wine list. The food was delicious! We really enjoy finishing our meal with a nice and delicate board of cheeses. We had a great experience and we´ll definitely come back. Well done!
Highly recommend! The atmosphere is amazing, stunning decor and delicious food. Such a fun and exciting restaurant with excellent music and a very carefully thought out wine list and food menu. Perfect for either a casual lunch or a special occasion, I would eat here time and time again.
Blanchett East is the sister restaurant of Soho’s sexy Blanchette and full of eastern promise it is too. It’s a guaranteed good time, night or day, for work or fun. The food has a North African twist – the famous merguez sausage rolls are a must. On our most recent visit we loved the stone bass with saffron and pomegranate, the baked hake with a truffle mushroom crust and the honey roasted pork cheeks. I started with a negroni – perfectly made with all the attention to detail that makes this cocktail special - the tumbler, the ice, the use of the orange peel! We than drank the very delicious Felicitte and followed that with a chilled gamay. We just about squeezed in a stunning vanilla rice pudding and a basil sorbet with spicy pineapple. The staff were friendly, happy and attentive. We had an excellent time and I'm now planning my next visit.
Amazing place! The attention paid to each details reflects the dedication and passion that the restaurant was created with. The food is something else! The choice of drinks and decorations have been carefully picked. The service is great! Last but not the least what gives the best ambience is the music selection! Highly recommended!
Very cool place !
As you enter blanchette you instantly have that French bistro feeling very cosy and warm.
The food is greatly executed with simple and fresh / sesonal ingredients.
Wine list is bespoke selected with some great references that you won't found in other restaurants !
The staff are very enthusiastic and pro
I had a great time there.
As a frequent visitor to Blanchette Soho (I work in the area), it's great to have Blanchette East as an option when I venture out East. Both have very similar vibes in terms of not being too serious, perfect for a date or with a group of friends for a tasty bite and drinks before continuing the night in Shoreditch.
You can never go wrong with the charcuterie and cheese boards to start with, and then I really enjoy the north African touch with Tabbouleh dishes and harissa mayonnaise sausages, mmm.
If you don't feel like a full meal, check if you can have a drink and some snacks in the awesome bar area, the staff make some dope cocktails!
Looking forward to come and try the vegan menu!
There is something truly special with this great restaurant.
Food can be childhood memories, anecdotes, creativity and love.
But getting something new, and then something historic, a relic from an ancient time, all that at once, is something indeed unusual but this is what Blanchette will successfully serve at your table.
Haven’t the science explained us that the brain creates new synapses when it is exposed with new flavours? Gosh - the Marinated Cornish Stone Bass with Saffron, Pomegranate with Aioli really made my neuros spark with pleasure, not to mention the Crispy Braised Lamb Shoulder with Pomme Purée and Glazed Shallot- I promise there is a story from a faraway kingdom meeting French cuisine. It doesn’t stops there, for the food creates something new and it stands on its own.
All this added up with the atmosphere that Blanchette offers, with its own style matching the food with its art deco flair creating that mystic and playfulness which makes it the perfect place to dine in absolute joy. Finally, don’t be surprise if you find yourself buying that extra glass(es) of champagne just because you want to stay a little bit longer.
As a regular at their Soho branch, this restaurant has exactly the same love put into the food as expected. Make sure to try the R-T cocktail, its fresh and punchy!
Cool, warm, friendly and tasty ! I went to Blanchette East a few times now and I just love it. I would recommend to seat at the counter, order a glass of wine or one of their signature cocktail and order some French charcuterie served with a delicious warm French Baguette.
French Cuisine Tapas!!! Brilliant!!! What a Wonderfull and Tasty Experience we had.
The food, the atmosphere and service was perfect.
Can't wait to go back.
Thank you Blanchette..
Once you have tried it... you just want more and more! I already loved Blanchette in Soho, and I now love Blanchette East. The french-north African food, the great wine, the french "savoir faire" and their great staff just makes it perfect. Can't wait to be back!
Have had the pleasure of dining at the fantastic Blanchette soho a few times, but wanted to try there sister restaurant out.
We recently booked the private room at the back of Blanchette Brick lane for a friends surprise birthday, and it didn't disappoint. Massive thanks to Yannis for organising a special cake for the birthday girl and looking after us all so well.
Loved the decor, and the place has a very chilled ambience to it, probably helped by the killer tunes! All 14 of our group raved about the food and we can't wait to visit again.
Thank you to all the lovely staff for there attentive service, be back soon.
Outrageously good lunch. Has all the class and refinement of the Soho original only with an expertly judged North-African twist. The Tagine was the real star of the show, a real conversation stopper, deep in flavour and piled high with delicious accompaniments!
Wish I didn't have to go back to work so I could have really got stuck into the excellent wine list too!
Thank you Blanchette !
I am used to eat at Blanchette Soho which is already one of my favourite restaurant in London.
I tried Blanchette Bricklane, and I had amazing experience too : amazing food, beautiful & cosy place (French touch), awesome music atmosphere.
All staff care about you and make you feel good. If you have luck, you may book a table when Malik is making live DJ music !
All Blanchette basics are here, but Brick Lane makes you feel different expérience than in Soho.
Go and try with no doubt. It worth it !
The original Soho Blanchette is known for its incredible food and friendly vibe, and their recent expansion to Brick Lane is no exception! Great sharing plates and a wide variety of French cuisine. A trendy atmosphere on any night - well worth a visit!