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Blueprint Cafe

Tony Finch | Dec 21, 200102:51 AM    

This is a Conran place above the Design Museum at Shad Thames,with lovely views over the river and of Tower Bridge.

Went there last night with 12 colleagues for a Xmas meal.The place was full and festive with parties but the service was efficiently paced and good humoured(even when one of us had the bright idea that we should all change places after the starter,and again after the main course, thus throwing their order map into chaos).

Smoked haddock fishcakes were tasty but still a little too salty.The accompanying aioli was really more like Hellmans with garlic as opposed to the thick yellow butter like ointment it should be.

My main of preserved goose,duck,pork,anchovy and garlic sounded more..er...interesting than it was.It was all a little tasteless and tended towards fatty sludginess.One could only suspect the 'creative' use of leftover goose and duck legs.A colleagues slice of ox tongue which had been finished on the griddle and served with horseradish and beetroot relish(that's right-homemade CHRAIN) was much better.

Desserts were very average.I struggled to detect any Masala in my Masala parfait and the chocolate sauce was of supermarket standard.

With plenty of wine and coffee but no digestifs the bill was £47 per head.Not outrageous,but for £3 more the London Chowhound dinner at St.John last week was a definite class above.

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