Blixen, Spitalfields Market, London | 26/04/2015

The Riding House Cafe, The Garrison and Village East form a trio of restaurants which have been known to deliver great plates time after time. I have now been fortunate to visit all three, and when I heard a new instalment was in the works, although not directly part of the aforementioned trio, I was keen to make a visit. 

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Blixen, situated in the heart of Spitalfields Market, is definitely on the cards for a second visit soon. For those who have been to The Riding House Cafe, you will notice the similarities in decor and accessories. The food however, is something refined. Blixen has the full works: the airy openness of a restaurant; attention to detail in the bar; an open kitchen; and, what I liked most - the 'secret', (not really so secret) garden at the rear of the restaurant. All brought to life by impeccable lighting. 

Portion sizes here are spot on. The pancakes would be enough to share between two alone, but we opted for one sweet and one savoury dish to mix and match. The potato rosti with salt beef, poached egg and particularly the mustard hollandaise went down a treat. As strange as it sounds, I feel it is all too easy for the now quite familiar Eggs Benedict or Eggs Royale to appear on a menu, so I am always intrigued to find each restaurant's take on this classic, and this was faultless. 

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Having started with a Cortado, I was keen to try the cocktails on offer, going for the recommended 'Her Bill'. The pineapple, sage, lime and peppercorns gave this a fresh summer taste. Similar recommendations would include the 'Garden Up', or 'Ocho Sour'. By the time we had finished our dishes, Blixen picked up and the majority of seats were taken. It's clear that it had been highly anticipated and reservations were a-plenty over weekends. 

The dinner menu also looks set to impress - and would fit the bill for my second visit. For a brunch visit, be sure to make a reservation, perhaps even a special request for the garden area. Recommendations include the potato rosti, hot smoked trout and avocado, and the pancakes. Perhaps next time, I'll devour the dinner menu. 

Brunch for two with service, £40.

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