With branches in Shoreditch and Camden, The Blues Kitchen opened their doors in Brixton a few months ago on the site of former Bar Electric Social. I was surprised when Electric Social originally closed as it always seemed to draw a crowd at the weekends, but having seen the re-designed venue I’m glad it did.
The new layout is a big improvement with a long bar down the right hand side of the long thin venue when you enter, this had previously been right at the back and a lot smaller. The interior has been done out well with booth seating on a raised platform and a small stage at the end of the room where the bar used to be and additional seating directly in front of it. There’s a definite bluesy feel about the place.
The food was the star of the show on our week night visit, and meat is really the order of the day here. We shared a “Wings and Things” starting platter which gave a preview of many of the larger dishes. It was a very generous size and was more than enough between four of us. The highlights being the pulled pork and the barbecue ribs.
We then went in for mains and I went for the Catfish Jambalaya as recommended by our waiter. And what a shout, it was really delicious, and was a great contrast to the meat heavy starter. I also shared a side of onion rings as I couldn’t resist, totally unnecessary but good nonetheless.
The desserts were much like the onion rings, not needed but thoroughly enjoyed. I went for a hardshake which included salted caramel, whipped cream and fudge pieces. Pure indulgence, much like the oreo cookies the other half of our table shared.
To top off the evening there was the added bonus of live music, Thursday nights are soul nights and there are various events throughout the week with live dj’s and more live music at the weekends too.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Brixton’s Blues Kitchen and think it’s a great addition to the Brixton restaurant and bar scene.
The Blues Kitchen – 40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP