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Blixen - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
958 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

Blixen is a restaurant, garden and bar with private dining, located on the edge of the bustling and vibrant Old Spitalfields Market, East London – with its own peaceful atmosphere and vibe. Filled with plants and natural light aplenty, Blixen is an unexpected escape from the buzz of the city.

With a focus on casual European dining and beautiful design, we practise the true spirit of hospitality – arrive happy, leave happier.
 
We are open seven days a week, offering brunch, lunch and dinner, complemented by an eclectic wine list and exceptional cocktails – both upstairs and at The Bar Downstairs, our subterranean cocktail lounge.
 
So whether it’s for brunch with the gang, a romantic dinner in the Garden Room, or a prime position at the kitchen counter, there’s a space at Blixen that will suit you.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00–23:00
    Sat 10:00–23:00
    Sun 10:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    020 7101 0093

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    John Tremayne

  • Area

    Spitalfields

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Nearest stations are:<br />Liverpool Street Station - Mainline rail, Central line, Circle line, Hammersmith and CIty line, Metropolitan line. 8 minutes walk.<br />Shoreditch High Street Station - London Overground. 7 minutes walk.<br />Direct buses to London Bridge, Waterloo and Kings Cross St Pancras.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

2 courses for £19.50 3 courses for £23.00

Snacks

  • Home made bread & olive oil£2.50

    • Castelvetrano olives£3.50

      • Hummus & crisp bread£5.50

        • Smoked almonds£3.00

          • Padron peppers£4.50

            • Salt cod croquettes, saffron mayo£6.00

              • Chorizo picante, marinated peppers£6.50

                Starters

                • Fennel, blood orange & chicory salad, pomegranate & feta

                  (V)

                  • Devon crab bisque, gruyere

                    • Welsh lamb breast, lamb's lettuce, gribiche

                      Main Plates

                      • Potato gnocchi, Paris brown mushrooms, purple sprouting broccoli & January King cabbage, parmesan

                        (V)

                        • Hot-smoked trout & monk's beard risotto, parsley & horseradish

                          • Roast pork belly, apple, savoy cabbage, champ

                            Desserts

                            • Spiced pineapple, coconut sorbet, poppy seed crisp

                              • Rocky road ice cream, honeycomb

                                • Black cow cheddar, onion chutney

                                  What 958 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.4
                                  4.4 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.3Food
                                  • 4.3Service
                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                  • 4Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. AM

                                    AbigailM

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 12 March 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Beautiful food and cocktails. Also great value for money, so impressed.

                                  2. SH

                                    SteveH

                                    London

                                    4 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 6 March 2020

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    Generally a good meal. The octopus strarter has jus three pieces of octopus! However, what there was, was good. The waiting staff weren’t very attentive.

                                  3. TB

                                    ThomasB

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 March 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great Service. Friendly people. Recommended to anyone

                                  4. MD

                                    MD298

                                    London

                                    3 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 29 February 2020

                                    overall3food3service4ambience5

                                    The restaurant was great from layout through to service but the weakest part was the actual food unfortunately (drinks downstairs in the bar however were really nice). We all had different things from the menu and portion sizes were unnecessarily small, tasty enough but all on the small side.

                                  5. RG

                                    RobertG

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 29 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    It was a really nice evening. The food was very good I liked it a lot. Service was nice and friendly but unfortunately not quite attentively. But we will go again.

                                  6. C

                                    Chris

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 29 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                    Great little spot for brunch. We were served by a very lovely french girl, the service was attentive and friendly. Our food arrived promptly and it was delicious.

                                  7. RM

                                    RMD94

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 28 February 2020

                                    overall2food2service3ambience5

                                    The portions were tiny. Can’t believe I paid £17 for a very small ball of pasta. The dessert was nothing like described on the menu, so I was very disappointed even without the fact that it was £7. Also, the waiter didn’t know what was in the green veg side dish. He told me green beans and it was Pak Choi...

                                  8. W

                                    Wellsy

                                    London

                                    19 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    19 reviews

                                    Dined on 26 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Food was nice. Was a bit odd that we had to choose between set menu and al la cart, we both had to have the same... why? Food was ok. restaurant was a bit too cool (cold) for my comfort

                                  9. s

                                    sheenaw

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 23 February 2020

                                    overall2food1service3ambience3

                                    Limited brunch menu. Zero deviation from the menu. Limited wine selection. Will not go back on a Sunday

                                  10. MG

                                    MehernaazG

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 21 February 2020

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    A very charming restaurant with friendly service. Had a lovely lunch and look forward to eating here again. The cocktails are delicious!

                                  11. SJ

                                    SonJ

                                    London

                                    23 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    23 reviews

                                    Dined on 17 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Great place for a business lunch as food is good quality, service is quick and ambience is great

                                  12. CL

                                    CoffeeLover

                                    Canberra

                                    14 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on 16 February 2020

                                    overall5food4service3ambience5

                                    Blixen has a really great menu and friendly staff in a nice location. A good place to meet up with friends.

                                  13. D

                                    Delicious

                                    London

                                    18 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    18 reviews

                                    Dined on 15 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent service and delicious tasty food in a stylish yet comfortable setting. We were so fortunate as we booked at short notice and were blown away by the yummy food.

                                  14. C

                                    Craig

                                    Dorset

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 15 February 2020

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    The food here was great. We were initially placed on a small noisy table so asked if we could move to the kitchen bar seats. These seats were great and we got a full view of the Kitchen. Apart from our initial seating, this was a really good and enjoyable experience.

                                  15. DB

                                    DeniseB

                                    Denver

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 14 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing seafood! We especially loved the scallops.

                                  16. AM

                                    AdamM

                                    London

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 14 February 2020

                                    overall4food3service3ambience5

                                    Really nice atmosphere, and a lovely environment for an intimate date. However, my sea bass main was very salty and the waitress did not come back to check or ask if everything was ok with our meal.

                                  17. J

                                    Jake

                                    London

                                    24 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    24 reviews

                                    Dined on 14 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Very nice restaurant. Great food but a little salty. Great service. Very nice indeed.

                                  18. P

                                    Person1

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 13 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Great food and range of choices. Nice wine. Would recommend.

                                  19. JH

                                    JohnH

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 11 February 2020

                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                    Yes for food and service but need to ensure more comfortable seating.

                                  20. BF

                                    BFrench

                                    London

                                    22 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    22 reviews

                                    Dined on 10 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                    Great dinner to catch up after work

                                  21. OM

                                    OsvaldoM

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 8 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing restaurant! Lovely atmosphere and staff, and the food is incredible. Would definitely recommend.

                                  22. AR

                                    AlexR

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 8 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food, would have appreciated larger portions! Also Bloody Marys were pretty forgettable - a brunch menu in east London really needs to have that sort of thing nailed. Otherwise, great, and lovely setting.

                                  23. S

                                    Stella

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 6 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious food from an interesting menu. Great staff and quick service.

                                  24. BW

                                    BrianW

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 5 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                    My wife and I enjoyed a lunch with excellent service throughout. Relaxed atmosphere and surroundings added to the positivity of the experience with just one minor negative to prompt a comment. Both of us felt our main courses could have been served ‘hotter’. Some argue that food that is too hot denies you enjoying the flavours of the meal but our personal preference is for food to be hot. We both wish to emphasise that this should not be interpreted as a huge criticism

                                  25. GH

                                    GeorineH

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 2 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service2ambience5

                                    The 3 starters chosen were rather disappointing, the pedrones and the butternut salad did not have much taste but the cod cakes and their sauce were delicious. Then the 3 main dishes we had were equally delicious but we had to wait about 20-25 minutes between starters and main which ruin our appetite a little. But again the mains were very nice, especially the one with saukraut and beef. last but not least, our drinks were a little bit unexpected, it was a bit difficult to have an idea of the mix juices proposed on the menu although very original but the cocktail was delicious. Overall, we were very happy to eat at the back of the restaurant, surrounded by plants and the waitresses were nice and helpful.

                                  26. RG

                                    RebeccaG

                                    Eifel, Bonn & Bonn Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Fantastic place. Absolutely loved the food and the atmosphere. Service sometimes a little slow to react but can highly recommend!

                                  27. K

                                    Kks87

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    Asked waitress whether the casing on the sausage was beef or pork. Said she was pretty sure it was pork, but wasn’t 100%. Seemed hesitant and frustrated about having to go and check with the kitchen regarding this. It was only when it was ascertained that she was 100% sure that she went and asked. Just because it says pork sausage on the menu does not always mean all constituents of it are pork, there’s many pork sausages that have a beef or lamb casing. It’s quite a simple question, I appreciate it was a busy time but when you’re paying on higher end to get a cooked breakfast, and you have religious reasons for asking, I don’t see what the problem is. Also no butter offered with the toast and no condiments offered. Took ages for my friend to get a drink ordered. Giraffe or Wetherspoons have better service Service aside, food was great.

                                  28. f

                                    finedinner007

                                    London

                                    17 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    17 reviews

                                    Dined on 31 January 2020

                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                    We went for celebration new year and Independence Day for Britain. We had table in their garden area and it’s quiet and nice. The staff were friendly and service was great. My starter butternut squash was very disappointing, the dumplings was hard and chewy. Very all was good place for meeting people.

                                  29. l

                                    larky

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 31 January 2020

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Fabulous food, cooked and presented perfectly in a lovely environment. Like the way the restaurant is divided into sections each with unique feel.

                                  30. OL

                                    OL17

                                    London

                                    61 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    61 reviews

                                    Dined on 26 January 2020

                                    overall4food3service3ambience4

                                    Great place within Spitafields markets for Brunch, dinner, the food and selection was good for brunch, the decoration of the restaurant is great too, the perfect place to hide indoors for a cold and wet winter day!

                                  31. PW

                                    PhilW

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 26 January 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Took a gamble to travel from Marble Arch to Shoreditch for Sunday brunch all based on the Time Out review. Delicious, inventive food, excellent coffee.

                                  32. TM

                                    TraceyM

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 25 January 2020

                                    overall3food4service3ambience4

                                    It was good food and ambience, maybe a bit pricey for the food. It was a shame that there was a charge for bringing a birthday cake which we in the end refused. There are plenty of places that don’t do a cakeage charge so will go there next time

                                  33. AB

                                    AkashB

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 18 January 2020

                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                    The starters were delicious. I felt like the pork belly was to hard and the duck was too chewy. But overall the restaurant experience was very good. Thank you for allowing us to dine.

                                  34. IM

                                    IvanaM

                                    London

                                    10 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on 17 January 2020

                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                    Third time at Blixen over the last couple of months, another very enjoyable meal. Nice decor, food was good and friendly and efficient service. Nice place for a conversation.

                                  35. SF

                                    SusanF

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 17 January 2020

                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                    Had an enjoyable lunch at Blixen last week. My husband and I both went for one of the daily specials - the skate - and it was delicious. Good selection of wines available by the glass and carafe. Service was good. This was our second visit and we would return.

                                  36. JH

                                    JulietH

                                    Oxford

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 17 January 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food amazing love the pulled pork doughnuts and skillet of beef with excellent friendly service

                                  37. c

                                    chrisc

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 15 January 2020

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Good choice for informal lunch, decent menu and reasonable prices

                                  38. LL

                                    LiveLaughLoveNDance

                                    San Francisco

                                    36 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    36 reviews

                                    Dined on 13 January 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Excellent appetizers and entrées, fun cocktails, convenient location. Good for dates or business meals.

                                  39. PP

                                    PoppyPee

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 12 January 2020

                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                    Loved Blixen, environment was trendy and relaxing. Delicious coffee and food ....it was a great brunch menu. Only downside was our waitress who was quite off hand because we did not order straight away, reminding us we needed to be out within 90 mins !! The whole family felt offended !! Such a shame but we will be back despite the waitress !

                                  40. ME

                                    MikeE

                                    London

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 12 January 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Excellent service and food

                                  FAQs

                                  Blixen - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 958 OpenTable diners.

                                  Permanently Closed

                                  This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                  Additional information

                                  • Area

                                    Spitalfields

                                  • Hours of Operation

                                    Mon–Fri 11:00–23:00
                                    Sat 10:00–23:00
                                    Sun 10:00–18:00

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Modern European

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Elegant

                                  • Dress Code

                                    Casual Dress

                                  • Parking Details

                                    Street Parking

                                  • Public Transit

                                    Nearest stations are:
                                    Liverpool Street Station - Mainline rail, Central line, Circle line, Hammersmith and CIty line, Metropolitan line. 8 minutes walk.
                                    Shoreditch High Street Station - London Overground. 7 minutes walk.
                                    Direct buses to London Bridge, Waterloo and Kings Cross St Pancras.

                                  • Payment Options

                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive Chef

                                    John Tremayne

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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