SquareMeal Review of
Bluebird Café White City
Chelsea stalwart Bluebird Café has spread its wings westward to White City, where it has landed as part of the redevelopment of the former Television Centre. Fans of the original will probably like the look of the new place, but newcomers to the Bluebird brand may wish that the original’s 1990s stylings had been updated for this reincarnation – although the bar is beautiful.
The all-day menu emphasises crowd-pleasing classics – nothing wrong with that, except some of what we tried was decidedly mediocre. Steak tartare to start looked and tasted unappealing, with the meat far from tender and the bread bordering on stale. Meanwhile, a broad bean and ricotta salad did not taste fresh and was under-seasoned.
Main courses were better: chicken curry was textbook stuff, well presented and well spiced, while nduja-crusted yellowfin tuna with grilled onions showed dexterity with the flavouring and originality with the ingredient combination. Puddings also pleased, as did the range of drinks on offer, but on current form, this Bluebird has yet to take flight.
Bluebird Café White City is recommended for