For 20 years, Bluebird Chelsea has been a staple for stylish Londoners looking for a chic all day drinking and dining destination. Last year, Bluebird spread its wings openings its sister restaurant in the BBC Television Center in White City, offering the same kind of stylish dining as it’s big sister on Kingsland Road. Our resident doggie journalist, TeamCocopup Charlie, checks out Bluebird Café White City for a dog-friendly review.
Bluebird Cafe White City certainly has big shoes to fill, and it does so with its own distinct flair. West London sybarites can definitely rejoice, because here, you can expect the same familiar charms that made their sister restaurant a Chelsea landmark for over 20 years. This expansive 5000 square foot space has all the Bluebird signatures, and some new and interesting elements too. Think clever pattern play and eccentric art hanging on the walls, a show stopping art deco bar, and a cosy outdoor winter terrace that was created in collaboration with Fever Tree.
Of course it wouldn’t be Bluebird without the impeccable staff. Charlie was greeted with a friendly smile (and an appropriate amount of fuss) before we even got to our booth. Once there, he was given his own little doggie water bowl and plenty of ear scratches from restaurant passerby and our lovely Italian server Maria. We kicked off with some of Bluebird’s signature cocktails. My personal favourite was the Viola Flower Bellini which was a lovely mixture of White Peach Purée, Sparkling wine, Crème de Peche and Elderflower, covered with violet and lemon air. A perfectly blended concoction that balances delicate flavours with just the right amount of booze. We then sampled Executive Chef Simon Gregory’s signature modern European menu and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
There’s plenty of goodness to choose from, but it’s here the starters are exceptional. We decided on two states to share, and they were both equally scrumptious. The Burrata and Heritage beetroot, sprinkled with walnut and truffle oil was the highlight of my meal. I even went to so far and to try and inquire where to get this lovely creamy cheesy indulgence; and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Bluebird sources the Burrata directly from a local producer in Puglia. (which just gives me yet another reason to return to Bluebird Cafe White City for more). The grilled prawns with garlic, parsley, and tarragon butter and toasted brioche is also worth shouting about. The only problem you’ll have is that you won’t have enough! BRB, while TeamCocopup Charlie and I schedule a return visit on our diaries.
For more information visit www.bluebirdcafe.co.uk