Time Out says
A lovely all-day brasserie in Old Spitalfields Market.
No one goes to a restaurant solely because of its looks. But Blixen, on the south side of Old Spitalfields Market, might make some reconsider that policy.
Essential to the appeal is the subdivision of the main room into areas that are within full sight of each other, yet somehow feel self-contained. We counted five – and that’s not including the bar, with its gorgeous canopy and soaring backbar.
This would count for zilch without good food and drink, but you’ll get both at Blixen. The menu allows you to eat either daintily or dangerously, perfect for people of every appetite. We went the dainty route at lunchtime, sharing a selection of small plates and salads. White onion soup came with a crunchy lozenge of cauliflower cheese rarebit. Salads were well-dressed and featured fine, fresh ingredients. Only the pickled mackerel (under-flavoured) in another starter let the side down, but things were revived with excellent chocolates and baked goods.
Another special feature is the offering of soft drinks. Some juice fanatics think that the drinks don’t have to taste good as long as they’re supposedly beneficial to health. Blixen knows that taste matters. This applied in both a mixed juice and in a grapefruit and coriander ‘house soda’.
At night we would do as the muscular City gents at the next table were doing, and order something more substantial – the burgers, steak and chips, and big bowls of pasta all looked good. Cocktails are reasonably priced and so is the mostly European wine list, which offers plenty of choice in order size and price. Service is wonderfully friendly and warm.
Blixen is enlarging its domain with a terrace backing onto the market, and I have no doubt that they’ll make that look lovely too. Good looks, good food, and fair prices to boot – it’s a winning combination. I’ll be back.
65a Brushfield Street
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|Price:||£26 to £40|
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Users say (23)
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A truly hidden gem.
It’s like walking to a hidden enchanted garden, beautifully decorated.
Lovely starters and delicious food and wine.
Perfect for a date.
Great brasserie with a wide range of food options for a reasonable price. I wouldn't rush back, but good for dinner if you're in the Spitalfields area.
Make sure to make a booking even if its mid week as we didn't get a chance to sit in the garden area inside spitalfield markets which seems much nicer.
Then venue looks lovely and staff very helpful. Sadly i was impressed that the bread they served was a shop bought loaf of Warburtons seeded. (the waiter confirmed this). It wasn't even slightly toasted, but once ask for some to go with my soup , they happily obliged. Generally the food lack flavour and all seemed quite slaty. We all left feeling very dry and thristy. I was looking forward to trying the general menu, but as we were private dining. we had a set menu, which wasn't the greatest selection they had. Room for improvement!
Wasn't overly impressed with this. Its a nice setting and cool interior, but a bit overpriced for what it is. The food was tasty but small portions for quite a lot of money and a long wait to get in.
"I wish I knew this place was here sooner" - said by a coworker who we took to Blixen for her leaving lunch. The decor is lovely, the food is fresh, seasonal, and interesting. The waitstaff is friendly, and you can sit at a bar and watch the kitchen work (which is always great for solo dining). Definitely one of my favorite lunch spots in Spitafields when you feel like sitting down and indulging a bit.
Had the most fantastic midweek brunch at Blixen. Potato Rosti with poached eggs and salt beef, great kale, avocado and beetroot salad. Bloody Mary on point. Best of all was the attentive warm service from the welcome to the bill, great staff. Managed to do a bit of star spotting as well!
Attended during the soft launch, so I've overlooked a few hiccups like waiter forgetting one of our drinks and receiving one extra coffee, because those things should be expected during the soft launch.
all in all happy. Staff was friendly from the door. Took our coats, asked how we were doing, accommodated a table change, accommodated an extra diner. Food was great. Tasted fresh and came out in a good amount of time. We had steaks (which were just ok), mackerel (excellent), chorizo,squid and chickpea stew (SO good), Sea Bream (very flavourful!), onion soup (meh), pappardelle (good, not mind blowing) , and one of the best desserts of life, banana pudding! We had a eine which didn't knock any socks off, but the cocktails were fantastic. I'll be returning.
Superb and interesting brunch- the rosti was crispy and not too fatty whilst the beans and mushrooms were that rare combination of meaty, sweet and spicy - clearly having been marinated overnight. Smoothies were great too. We are already planning another visit
So unimpressed. Cold food, poor cuts of meat, arrogant staff.
Best to be avoided or - at least - just go to Hawksmoor round the corner for FAR better food.
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