Saturday night, El G’s birthday, and we rolled up to the Blueprint Cafe above the Design Museum in Shad Thames – all white-washed art-deco Miami style. We went there because El G loves design and we thought we could ponce round the museum first (we couldn’t – the museum inexplicably closes at 5.45pm); I had toptable points to redeem and got 2 free courses (absolute bargain); and it had good reviews.
Apart from the manager asking us if we could eat quickly (apparently they panicked as there was a rush on), the service was fantastic and the view as lovely as described – Canary Wharf on one side and Tower Bridge on the other. The huge windows roll back in summer and the blue plastic binoculars on each table were a nice touch. It was light and airy and would make a gorgeous Sex-and-the-City-in-Paris style lunch venue.
It got much busier later on
The food and wine were lovely. I had chicken and pork livers with bacon and sage to start which was deep, hearty and smooth…
…followed by a delicious herb encrusted rack of lamb with a startlingly green caper and parsley sauce. The veggies on the side were yummy too – tender salty roasted baby potatoes and green veg. It might have been the delicious bottle of Malbec Perdido (£27) but I thought the food was fantastic – simple, delicate and well cooked.
After a starter and main each, we finished off sharing a brownie with two digestifs and the total bill came to £74 or £37 each – super cheap as I was redeeming toptable points (if you haven’t joined by now, you should). AND the tip is discretionary – how refreshing. The atmosphere was great especially when it got dark and buzzy later on, and the view was awesome. Tres romantic (get a seat by the window, watch out for enthusiastic wine-pouring by the waiters) and I’d love to go back for a long glam Sunday lunch in the summer.