A few weeks ago I was invited to a ‘tweetup’ at Brasserie Blanc on the South Bank. Brasserie Blanc is a small chain of French restaurants from renowned chef Raymond Blanc, with five restaurants in London and another 13 around the rest of the UK. I’d been meaning to visit one for ages as I’d heard good things, so this was a great opportunity to learn a bit more about the business and what it’s all about.
The Southbank location has recently been refurbished and it’s been beautifully done, complete with an alfresco terrace decorated with olive trees.
If the weather had been better we would have sat outside (typical British summer!), but we were all perfectly content in the bar area. The image below was provided by Brasserie Blanc – it was actually completely packed when we were there, always a good sign, especially mid-week!
The focus of this event was on the bar and its cocktails, and given it was a tweetup, the photos I took were on my phone – it’s definitely a blogger skill to be able to take photos, post on Twitter, make conversation and sip cocktails all at once!!
I started on champagne before moving onto a beautiful cocktail, one of the best I’ve had in a while – a Rhubarb & Honey Martini (Absolut citron vodka, rhubarb liqueur, honey and pink grapefruit juice).
After this I tried an Espresso Martini – one of my favourite cocktails (we had a LOT of them at our wedding at the beginning of last year, which seems to have kicked off a trend in our friendship group!). It lived up to expectations and was pretty strong, which is always good!
We were served LOTS of canapés during the event, and it was actually these which impressed me the most. They were amazing and without a doubt the best and prettiest canapés I’ve ever had. We weren’t sitting down to eat at this event, but from looking at the menu online afterwards, it seems as though many of these canapés were in fact smaller versions of items available on the menu. I managed to snap photos of a few of them – potted crab and avocado, a goats cheese tart and a mini brioche burger.
They were packed with so much flavour that it has really made me want to go back and visit the restaurant for a full meal. If the dishes are as good as the canapés, I’ll be in for a treat!
If you’d like to find out more about Brasserie Blanc, you can visit the website here.
I was invited to the tweetup event by Brasserie Blanc and Roche Communications but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.