Blues Kitchen have bought an original concept to the city of London, combining a menu of barbeque meats, Southern-style cocktails and live soulful music. Set over two spacious floors, the Brixton venue boasts a restaurant, large bar area and an upstairs bar and dancefloor. It’s quickly become an establishment in Brixton, popular with both mid-week diners and weekend party-goers.
Their Southern-style food menu was an instant hit; capitalizing on the slow-cooking trend of recent years, their specialty is barbeque meats, marinated in their special sauce and cooked over several hours. But before we reached the mains we decided to keep it veggie for the starter, beginning our meal with the veggie platter to share which contained a delicious spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla crisps, padron peppers, sweet potato fries and grilled corn on the cob. Sweet potato fries are a favourite of mine and these were crisp and sweet as they should be. We enjoyed them with the chipotle and barbeque sauces which are housed on the tables. It was a very satisfying starter.
I worked my way through their hurricane cocktail which was a tall glass, filled with rum and tropical flavours. I liked the touch of the inside-out cocktail umbrella – a quirky nod towards the drink’s name.
My main was a barbeque plate of burnt ends (slow cooked beef brisket, braised with beer and a hickory barbeque sauce), smoked chicken legs and thighs, served with slaw and fries. The meats were delicious and tender, with a deep, smoky flavour. It was comfort food at its best. The crunchy slaw and thin, crispy fries were great accompaniments.
Part-way through the evening, a trio began to deliver musical notes on the small stage while diners indulged in their meals. It created a unique Southern vibe, which only intensified as the night went on. By 10pm they were belting out bluesy country numbers to a welcoming crowd. It was a lot of fun for a Wednesday evening.
Sadly we couldn’t fit in dessert as we’d over-indulged on meat but we promised to return to sample their oreo doughnuts. A night at Blues Kitchen is bound to impress; everything from their cocktail menu to their music line-up feels authentically Southern and just a short walk away from Brixton station you can be transported to a mini New Orleans. I would recommend Blues Kitchen for everything: drinks, dinner and most definitely dancing.
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