A long-time favourite, the Blueprint Café would be destination for the setting alone: wall-to-ceiling windows look on to a stunning view of the Thames and Tower Bridge, and a retractable canopy gives a great inside/outside feeling. Head chef Mark Jarvis’s seasonal menus are short and to the point – dishes are beautiful but in no way twee. Begin, perhaps, with just-seared yellowfin tuna with kalamata olives and a delicate salad niçoise, or a tender artichoke salad with a molten warm duck egg and mint. Line-caught cod beneath a zingy green herb crust, with yellow-tinged crushed potato with rapeseed oil and a flower and herb salad, was stunning – summer on a plate. Meat-lovers will be wowed by well-hung Hereford onglet with bone marrow and forest mushrooms. Even a tomato and onion side salad was a treat – jewel-bright, full-flavoured plum, cherry and green tomato heaven. There’s a first-rate wine list too, helpfully arranged. Service was a touch haphazard, but always friendly and, after all – with that view (plus mini-binoculars on every table) where’s the rush?
With floor-to-ceiling windows and neutral wooden floors, Blueprint Café is the perfect setting to experience the simple yet innovative cooking of our head chef Joseph Albina in the company of knowledgeable and friendly staff.
|Venue name:||Blueprint Café||Contact:|
28 Shad Thames
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.45pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Tower Hill tube or Tower Gateway DLR or London Bridge tube/rail or bus 47, 78|
|Price:||Main courses £12.50-£21. Set lunch £15 2 courses, £20 3 courses. Set dinner £18 2 courses, £23 3 courses|
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2 courses £20, 3 courses £25 - Sunday Lunch
2 courses £20, 3 courses £25 - Sunday Lunch OnlyOffer valid until Apr 30 2017