“ Address: Beach Blanket Babylon East, 19-23 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LA / Beach Blanket Babylon (Shoreditch) „
The restaurant was fairly easy to find mainly due to it being on a main road. The parking in the area is generally pay and display until after 7pm (Monday-Friday). I did go on a Wednesday so I had no problem finding parking (directly on the side street) I am assuming the weekend will be slightly busier.
Public transport is readily available Shoreditch High street station directly opposite along with buses 388 and 8.
On arrival my eyes where met with a feast of scenery; candle lit tables, old Victorian decor and a backdrop of gold and black.
The bar clearly is the centre piece; shaped as a square you could possibly fit 4 individuals on each side, lit with a lime tone (bright but not distracting) and very clean.
The dining area is smaller than I expected which gave me further understanding as to why few time slots where available. Tip: Book in advance to save disappointment!! Although looking at the website gallery I don't think we were seated in the main dining area.
They had a live DJ playing an assortment of music throughout the night; it was at a low volume so you could still enjoy a conversation.
The staff where all smiles and service was fast.
*****The good stuff (FOOD)****
When seated we were given bread and butter (complimentary aka FREEBIES). Two wholemeal slices and two white very soft but I was slightly disappointed as the bread was cold.
As for drinks I always skip to the cocktails I had to applaud the range however £8.50 is not the usual going rate. Along with the cocktails we had tap water also which to my surprise came in a fancy glass bottle which the waiter left of our table.
Starters I had 'Calamari w/ chili & lime Mayo' it tasted like the standard deep fried squid (yummy nonetheless). My company had 'Grilled goat's cheese w/ roasted sweet peppers, crispy potatoes & chimichurri' (naturally I had to pinch a bit...so I can tell you of course). The cheese was very rich which he found a bit overwhelming. The starters on the set menu are limited to three dishes leaving towards vegetarians.
The portions are generous thank goodness there is nothing worse than leaving a restaurant with not only a empty purse but stomach too.
We both had '8 oz. rib-eye w/ sautéed spinach & garlic mash'. When the plate arrived I was slightly put off the mash potato as it mirrored the shape of dog poo- Kinda like layered circles as if it had been pumped through. The appearance was boring it needed more colour nonetheless it tasted good!
*Dessert (yes I had that too :-p)*
An assortment of ice-cream severed in a martini glass. 3 yummy scoops strawberry, chocolate and a nutty one (I think).
The spoon they give me eat it with is quite big but the dessert was delicious.
It was pricey (£29.50 per person for 3 courses) however I knew what to expect so there was no hyperventilating at the table. I booked through toptables which was 50% off the set menu-Going without the deal....I don't want to think about it.