Blueprint Cafe, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

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.

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One response to “Blueprint Cafe, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

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