Due to the success of Blanchette Soho, brothers Yannis and Malik Alary are delighted to announce the launch of their second restaurant Blanchette East, which is set to open on trendy Brick Lane this August. Lovingly named after the brothers’ mother, the new restaurant will celebrate everything that guests have come to love about the Soho bistro but with a few distinct variations. The modern French menu will incorporate more Southern French and North African influences with spices from the regions, while the décor will be inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era combined with the distinctive urban feel of East London.
The menu will be overseen and executed by Tam Storrar and true to Blanchette’s style, the menu will be made up of sharing plates and delicious snacks such as the ever popular Crispy frog’s legs, Cheese beignets and Croque monsieur. North African flavours and spices will be explored and introduced in dishes such as Lamb tagine with apricots, almonds and rose harissa, Roast poussin with tarragon and pommes Sarladaise and Wild strawberry and black pepper vacherin. No French meal is complete without a good glass of wine so a concise wine list will feature French, Spanish and Italian wines, while the cocktail menu will focus on classic drinks with Blanchette’s unique twists.
Decorated throughout with antiques sourced from Parisian vintage markets, the 70-cover restaurant will be divided into three main parts. A dining counter made from beautiful pale pink marble welcomes diners into the restaurant and the bright dining room beyond will feature rustic wooden tables and distressed walls and ceilings, offset by an array of fresh plants. In addition, the private dining room named ‘The Cote d’Azur’ will feature a large mural replica of a Picasso sketch painted by artist Aldo Gigli, who previously created the stunning Parisian Art Nouveau mural painting in Blanchette Soho’s renowned Jungle Room.
As with Soho, the music at Blanchette East will be curated specially by Blanchette’s very own Malik Alary, who is also founder of sound design company La Musique du Faubourg. Malik’s eclectic signature style blends elements of nu-disco, funk soul classics and new wave – a neat parallel to the diversity of East London. His modern approach to music will be the perfect accompaniment to chef Tam’s imaginative take on classic French dining.
Bringing a slice of Soho to Brick Lane, Blanchette will be a welcome addition to East London’s ever thriving food, arts and music scene.
Blanchette East will open at 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA. Visit blanchettesoho.co.uk