Blanchette East is all set to bring a slice of Soho to Brick Lane with the announcement of it’s second restaurant now open in East London. Brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary (who lovingly named the restaurant after their mother), will continue to celebrate all that guests have come to love about the Soho original but with a few distinct variations.
The modern French menu incorporates more Southern French and North African influences with spices from the regions, while the décor is inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era combined with the distinctive urban feel of East London. The interior design was overseen by award-winning design agency, Blacksheep and the 70 cover restaurant is decorated throughout with antiques sourced from Parisian vintage markets by the Alary brothers.
Tam Storrar, will now be taking on the role of executive chef across both restaurants and has put together a menu true to Blanchette’s style, made up of French sharing plates with a twist. The menu begins with a variety of smaller snacks, charcuterie and cheeses including the much loved Crispy frog’s legs with Bois Boudran sauce; and Merguez Sausage Rolls with Harissa Mayonnaise. The menu is then split into fish, meat and vegetable dishes including: Rare Peppered Tuna with Chili, Avocado and Lime; Lamb Tagine with Apricot, Almonds and Lebna, exploring the more North African flavours that Blanchette East will be championing; and Saffron Couscous with Tabbouleh and Pomegranate Yoghurt.
From the dessert menu the signature Strawberry Vacherin with Black Pepper Ice Cream remains, with new dishes such as Chilled Peach and Saffron Soup, Coconut Macaroon and Raspberry Sorbet being introduced. The concise wine list features French, Spanish and Italian wines, while the cocktail menu focuses on classic drinks executed to Blanchette’s unique style.
As with Soho, music will play an important role at Blanchette East, and playlists have been carefully curated by Blanchette’s very own Malik Alary, who is also founder of sound design company La Musique du Faubourg. Malik’s eclectic signature style blends elements of nu-disco, funk soul classics and new wave – a neat parallel to the diversity of East London.
Blanchette East, 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
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