Blanchette East

In London’s vibrant Soho neighborhood, the French-inspired Blanchette has masterfully done what many restaurants struggle to do: they’ve captured the taste, ambiance, and essence of the French imagination and uprooted the tastes, delights, and flavors seamlessly into the English culture. Now, they’re hoping to do it all over again. Aptly dubbed Blanchette East, the second restaurant in the Blanchette family recently opened in London’s ever-popular Shoreditch neighborhood, just steps away from Shoreditch High Street station. The men behind Blanchette — brothers Maxime, Malik, and Yannis Alary — promise that the new restaurant will “merge the décor of the Parisian Belle Ėpoque era with the distinctive feel of East London.”

The restaurant is split into three parts: a dining counter crafted from pink marble, rustic wooden tables, and an array of potted plants, a main space, and a private dining room dubbed The Cote d’Azur, a nod to the French Riviera that has immortalized the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France for decades. The private dining area also features a second wall mural commissioned by Aldo Gigli. Inspired by the tastes and colors of North African influences and Southern French fare, the Blanchette East menu offers dishes like lamb tagine with apricots, roast poussin with tarragon and pommes Sarladaise, and wild strawberry and wild strawberry and black pepper vacherin alongside fan favorites like cheese beignets, croquet monsieur, and crispy frog’s legs.

In an interview with Evening Standard, Maxime said, “The new restaurant will be different to the original, but there will also be plenty of similarities. It is still about sharing and still French influenced but will be a bit more Brick Lane. We know a lot of our customers in Soho either work or live in East London, so it is a location that makes sense for us. The area also has a similar vibe to Soho, which we like — we wouldn’t fit in so well in Mayfair or somewhere like that.”

Blanchette East officially opened its doors to the public in August. More information on the inspiration behind the restaurant and a taste of what they’re offering can be found online.

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