The Blues Kitchen ultimate place to enjoy burgers, cocktails, music and much more

The Blues Kitchen will solve your blues as guaranteed as soon as you step through the doors of this vibrant colourful themed speakeasy restaurant you will be smiling. They serve up delicious American cuisine from burgers to shrimp taco salads as well as tasty cocktails. All in which you can also enjoy on certain nights throughout the week live music by talented musicians.

The Blues Kitchen has a number of restaurants across London and even one in Manchester. I was invited courtesy of the management to visit their Brixton branch which really wowed me from the start. The decor is stunning, they serve yummy food, and refreshing cocktails. Sadly though I did not stay the night for the live music due to train issues but I have heard good things about their entertainment.

The Blues Kitchen

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The Blues Kitchen are a place to enjoy American cuisine. They adventured the Deep South of the USA from places such as Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, etc. meeting many chefs and musicians along the way to be able to create and bring a American style feel to their restaurants.

The first Blues Kitchen opened up in Camden back in 2009, followed by Shoreditch, then Brixton and Manchester. All of The Blues Kitchen venues serve Southern, pit style, slow smoked barbecue, burgers and chicken wings. The live entertainment on certain nights provide a range of Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul and Americana.

Speakeasy vibes and delicious food

Arriving at The Blues Kitchen and even before entering I was wowed by the entrance. Upon stepping inside The Blues Kitchen in Brixton I was taken back by it’s beauty from the colourful tiles, brickwork, pictures donning the walls and colourful glass lampshades.

The restaurant is spread across two floors, bringing a lively atmosphere to the restaurant from live blues, roots and soul music. There is a large striking centrepiece island bar that separates the bar and dining area. Upon passing the bar there is a music stage which live music is performed often. Check out their Whats On page. The dining area consists of cosy booths, and even has a beautiful private dining room at the back which makes this place perfect for any occasion, be it for a quiet drink, dinner for two or a party with friends.

With the smell of food from burgers, spare ribs, chicken and so much more drifting through the restaurant I could not wait to order my food.

Looking over the menu me and my husband enjoyed a selection of their vegan and meat dishes. Along with some drinks.

To start with we opted for the Buffalo Cauliflower and Cajun Popcorn Squid.

The Buffalo Cauliflower is a great vegan dish. The cauliflower balls are soft and crunchy served with a lovely creamy cashew cream.

The Cajun Popcorn Squid is cooked to perfection still soft but a nice outer crisp golden coating of batter. The red eye mayo gives it that extra kick and squeeze of lime that hit of citrus.

For mains I had Eggplant Parmigiana and Jason The Big Boss Burger.

The Eggplant Parmigiana came served on a slice of toasted sourdough. This dish consisted of nice sliced chunks of aubergine, loaded with fresh tomato sauce and the sourdough bread was nice and fluffy.

The burger according to Jason was great. The meat is made from grass fed cattle which has been smoked and has USDA beef brisket, American cheese, onion rings, South Carolina sauce, and pickled chillies. Thus bringing a pack full of taste and textures to the mouth. So if you are looking for a burger that is a little different then check out this burger.

For sides we had a side of Cornbread.

Never having cornbread before we were both highly surprised and was not what we expected. It was like a syrup sponge. I loved the honey flavours and the sponge texture of the cornbread. We will certainly order again but maybe as a dessert rather than a side as it is sweet.

For dessert we shared the Sweet Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo Donuts.

The Sweet Baked Chocolate Cookie even though nice and warm and chocolately giving a great sweet hit it was a little too sugary for our liking. However the cookie has a great crunch and came served with a nice bourbon icecream.

The Oreo Donuts was the star of the whole night though, what can I say but what an explosion of taste. The donuts were light, fluffy and loaded with melted Oreo. It came with toffee sauce which you can dip into. Seriously these were delightful and literally the melted Oreo oozed from the donuts when biting into the balls of delight.

For drinks we both enjoyed a few Espresso Martinis. The drink came in cute small Martini glass. The colour was intense, and had a good head to it and a great coffee hit. Not a sweet one but still it was very nice.

We also enjoyed a few of their more colourful cocktails. I had a Hurricane and Jason a Zombie.

The Hurricane consisted of Havana 3 , Goslings, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Orange, Grenadine, Anostura Bitters.

The Zombie Havana Especial, Wray & Nephew, Appelton Estate, Grand Mariner Goslings, Havana 3, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Orange, and Lime.

The cocktails both tasted great, looked impressive and came in large glasses. I though preferred the Hurricane as it was more fruity in flavour. Where as the Zombie was quite strong with flavours of rum. It was still tasty though.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This being my first visit to The Blues Kitchen I will certainly be returning to try some of their many other dishes on offer such as their spare ribs. However one thing is for sure when I return I will be having their Oreo Donuts again as they were absolutely amazing.

I just loved everything about The Blues Kitchen from the friendly and very happy staff, the vibes of the restaurant, food and the drinks.

So if you are looking for a place to have ribs, burgers or drinks then this is the place to head to. Perfect for a date night or a night out with friends.

The Blues Kitchen visit now

The Blues Kitchen in Brixton
40 Acre Lane

Tel: 020 7274 0591

Monday – Wednesday 5:00pm -12:00am
Thursday 5:00pm -1:00am
Friday 5:00pm – 02:30am
Saturday 10:00am – 03:00am
Sunday 10:00am – 10:30pm

To book click here.

I was invited down courtesy of The Blues Kitchen. All views are my own honest opinion.

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