Search

Shoreditch French diner Blanchette East adopts tapas style portions

PUBLISHED: 12:09 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 10 May 2017

Blanchette East in Brick Lane

Blanchette East in Brick Lane

Blanchette East

Emma Bartholomew finds sharing plates, which are all the rage, have now been adopted by a French restaurant in Shoreditch

Blanchette East follows the hot trend for tapas or sharing plates, and takes the concept into French cuisine.

There’s a cosy bistrot vibe in the Brick Lane diner, inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque.

There’s an al fresco front with a marble bar and long marble counters lining the walls, which flow into an elevated back dining area separated by frosted glass windows.

Founded by brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary, Blanchette is named after their mum.

Food has a North African influence as seen in one of the signature dishes, the spicy Merguez sausage roll (£6). With harissa mayonnaise, it’s a perfectly formed rectangle pie, with a thin and crispy pastry.

We were encouraged to try the cheese beignets, another of their smaller signature starter dishes. Deep-fried little balls of choux pastry they are served with an onion confit (£4).

Although all the dishes are designed for sharing, there’s a main course section of the menu. We opted for the confit duck leg (£9.70). The skin was a tiny bit crispy and it came with a mild slice of celeriac covered with roasted sesame seeds and a deliciously rich jus. A green bean salad was given a tangy edge with aged Comté and walnut dressing (£7.25).

The coup de foudre was thinly sliced square inches of pork with a heavenly truffle topping - strangely subtle and yet dinstint simultaneously. Balance came from a creamy cauliflower purée (£9.50).

They recommend three or four plates each but by the time it came to a rich mutton tagine with sweet potato and wild garlic (£9.95), I was done.

Still a little space for dessert though, we loved the mango rice pudding topped with a lime and gin sorbet, and the rhubarb vacherin – a kind of cream cheese dessert, both £6.25.

Blanchette East is intimate and there’s a good vibe with some loud music curated by Malik.

Evidently artistically minded, the brothers are also responsible for the rather racey wallpaper they designed for the toilets downstairs.

It’s nice working your way through lots of little plates so you can get to try out a variety of flavours, and not what I was expecting to find in a French bistrot.

204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA

blanchettebricklane.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 18:30

Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth £20 million on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Yesterday, 15:00

Spurs have won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions and suffered just one defeat during that period - at the Etihad last month

Yesterday, 18:03

Shedding further light on illegal schools remains a chief priority for Hackney Council in the face of criticism from the Jewish community.

Yesterday, 15:31

When I gave up meat as a first-year student, I did so not just because of nascent first-world guilt about the environment and factory farming, but because it was cheaper.

Yesterday, 14:30

The team at Newington Green’s popular Alma has opened a new pub, Be-Bop-A-Lula, in Green Lanes. It’s great. James Morris isn’t surprised.

Yesterday, 13:02

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pull-out, we look back on Leyton Orient’s 2017 and explain why this year provides renewed hope

Yesterday, 12:13

Iftekar Hossain tells Emma Bartholomew about his journey from Dubai and Bangladesh to running the Hoxton pizzeria that’s just been named north London’s ‘best takeaway’ in the British Takeaway Awards

Yesterday, 11:24

Parents in Stoke Newington say road closures in the area designed to get people walking and cycling will increase pollution at their kids’ school – by diverting cars past it.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists