The Blueprint Café enjoys a splendid residence on the first floor of the Design Museum overlooking the River Thames beside Tower Bridge. The museum, a former 1940s banana warehouse, is part of a congregation of converted warehouses that line the south bank of the Thames. This historic complex of warehouses, known as Shad Thames, date back to the Victorian industrial golden years and have now become home to expensive flats and restaurants frequented by wealthy City workers.
Step inside the Blueprint Café and it’s quickly apparent what draws the City’s suits into this modern European joint. The restaurant’s sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views across the Thames from Canary Wharf to the east through to Tower Bridge and the City to the west. As the sun dips behind some of London’s most iconic landmarks, the restaurant is certainly not a bad place to take a pew.
The Blueprint Café menu, prepared by head chef Martyn Moody, is a fresh and lively ensemble. We started with the rich and earthy Ruby Beetroot with Ragstone Goat’s Cheese doused in an eight-year-old Balsamic Dressing, alongside the Slow Cooked Duck Egg accompanied by Spring Pickles, Confit Duck Leg and Jus Gras. Two wonderfully flavoursome dishes complimented by the restaurant’s New Zealand Pinot Noir.
Next up, we ordered in the Longhorn Dry Aged Sirloin, a succulent piece of meat cooked to perfection with Baby Beets, Nettles, a sumptuous Red Wine Sauce and a side serving of delicious Jersey Royals.
We also sampled the Roast Salmon, a pink and juicy parcel of flaked joy, served with Crushed New Potato and a Cockle Butter Sauce, which we furnished with a side serving of Heritage Carrots.
To conclude, we continued our rich vein of form and indulged in the Chocolate Ganache, a creamy dream served with Roast Hazelnuts and Banana Yoghurt Ice Cream.
Before leaving we turned to the cocktails list; quaffing Moët & Chandon cocktails in front of London’s twinkling skyline. Highly recommended.
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