“I don’t have brunch often enough” was the first thought that came to mind as we took our seats in Blixen’s lush garden room. The luxury of having lie in, someone else cooking up the first meal of the day (and not having to pop to the nearest shop to grab something because you forgot that you eat breakfast at home at the weekend), and then delving into something so much more tasty than anything you could whip up with bleary eyes. I’d have brunch every weekend if I could. But maybe the excitement of indulging in the city’s favourite meal, discovering somewhere new and ticking off a place that’s been on the list for a while wouldn’t have felt the same when we opened the restaurant door on the borders of Spitalfields Market.
Blixen opened earlier this year and I’m pretty sure it’s been on my radar since I saw it pop up on Clerkenwell Boy’s Instagram feed. I forgot about it for a while and then I read Emma’s blog post and it was on The Weekend Edit and permanently added to my to do list.
James and I have only a few spare weekends together before the end of the year that don’t involve weddings, celebrations or study (for James) so I grabbed the opportunity to book in brunch a bit more further afield than South West London. Happily discovering that Blixen take bookings, on Saturday morning we arrived ready to steady our rumbling stomachs. We were guided through the modern dining area (similar to Granger & Co in some ways) and out into its more relaxed garden room.
I’m definitely a fan of the botanical trend right now.
There’s something welcoming and homely about it, don’t you think?
Perfect for a spot of brunch.
We ordered coffees on arrival.
And then contemplated the menu. The upside of not brunching too often and eating the first meal of the day later than usual means it’s OK to be a bit greedy. We both ordered smoothies, a brunch starter if you will. I chose ‘End Strife’.
Banana, pineapple, lime, agave, flaxseed, pink Himalayan salt. It was good and felt quite saintly compared to the main dish.
James went for the ‘Prevent Danger’.
Black grape, plum, manuka honey, blueberry, cinnamon, anise. Obviously I had to have a taste. It was nice but I wasn’t over keen on the cinnamon flavour that came through quite strongly (in my opinion).
The mains arrived whilst we slurped on our smoothies. James had ordered the bacon and fried egg sandwich, with gem lettuce and tomato jam.
And exclaimed that the bacon was nice and crispy.
I ordered the pancakes with blueberries and whipped mascarpone (it’s hidden behind the stack).
YUM! It was just the right portion for brunch and I liked the warm blueberry topping.
I wandered into the main dining area and the whole place was packed.
A sure sign of its popularity.
With stomachs full of brunch and minds contemplating our next brunch choice, we paid up and went to wander around Spitalfields Market.
I’ll definitely be back one day Blixen, I just have to work my way through a few more London brunches first!
Prompt service, buzzy brunch atmosphere, good food and decent value for money. If you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy the luxury of brunch Blixen should definitely be considered.