On the fringes of Spitalfields Market, an exciting new restaurant opened last year amid much clamour. Blixen, with it’s angular, Scandinavian brand design, has been a success from the moment it opened it’s doors. The restaurant has two distinct zones – a suave, white marble and wood interior and bar, and a more rustic “garden” towards the back with climbing plants and low-hanging bamboo chandeliers. I kid you not.
I’ve been to Blixen twice for dinner now – the first time I enjoyed it so much I forgot to take photographs! On my first visit, I had the sea bream with white beans, broccolini and hazelnuts, which was really delicious – one of the best fish dishes I’ve had in London. It was not a dash overcooked. My dining partner had the pork belly, which wasn’t too fatty, and the quince was an innovative accompaniment. I never think of putting quince with anything other than cheese…
Slow cooked lamb shoulder, farro, eggplant, peas & rocket, pistachio pesto
On my second visit, we shared some of the chorizo bites with herb mayo to start. For main, I had the slow cooked lamb shoulder with pistachio pesto and it was, once again, really delicious. The pistachio pesto was particularly good – I’ve never had it before and it makes a welcome change from the usual pinenut variety. My dining partner had the schnitzel with potato salad, which she enjoyed, but I thought it looked a little dry.
Schnitzel with potato salad
On both visits, the staff were attentive and thoughtful, and the food came surprisingly quickly. I wasn’t too enamoured with our table on the second take – we were placed right by the back door and staff were going in and out with rubbish bins… not ideal. But that’s my only complaint! The lunch and brunch menus also look really good – I think I will definitely need to return and sample those, and then perhaps have a lovely stroll around the weekend market.