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04 June 2010

Round 2 of Trim Supper Club!

Leila brings you her second restaurant review.

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled. ~Frederic Raphael

Ding ding seconds out -last night was round two of Trim supper club. Oopf and what a marvellous supper it turned out to be. Five trimmers eagerly arrived at Blue Print Café (above the Design Museum) along Shad Thames. Don’t be fooled by the name, this eaterie is anything but a ‘café’. Huge floor to ceiling windows reveal a monumental view of Tower Bridge, whilst small binoculars on each table, allowed us to get a closer view of the riverside buildings and of course people’s food!

From the word go, we knew we were onto something special when three of us bit into a toasted eel sandwich. The meaty fish was enrobed with the most mouth watering fresh horseradish and mustard sauce, offset by tart thin strands of pickled red onion. My god, this sandwich was GENIUS and I know the three of us will be dreaming about it for days to come. Other starters of fresh cuttlefish and asparagus salad and a velvety parsley soup were equally pleasing. And a freebie of asparagus wrapped in crisp parmesan was, as crazy as it sounds, reminiscent of a crispy croque monsieur.

The mains continued to thrill our taste buds with a mighty blackened cut of onglet reminding us why we love cows, served with a oozy wild garlic polenta and fiery fresh horseradish. The papa of all fish – turbot came with a punch of tender, roasted artichokes and a scattering of spring time gremolata. By now our stomachs were certainly purring and our eyes were widened with joy.

We finished our venture in this ‘mouth (watering)-brothel’ with three delightful desserts – a trusty crème brulee was light and perfectly excecuted. Whilst a moist fig and almond tart served with a dreamy cloud of dense jersey cream had us all licking our spoons. And the third, bitter sweet walnut meringue, ladened with whipped cream, berry ice cream and sorbet was a triple sensational conundrum for the buds.

So now we pass the message on – GO TO BLUE PRINT CAFÉ…..its a damn good mouth-brothel!

Blue Print Cafe

Butlers Wharf

28 Shad Thames,

London SE1 2YD

020 7378 7031