SquareMeal Review of
The Mez and Bar at Brasserie Blanc
The bar at Raymond Blanc’s big City brasserie is an option in its own right when you need to kick back with cocktails after a hard day second-guessing the FTSE’s trajectory. In pastiche Parisian surroundings – or in a compact plush mezzanine lounge that can also be booked for celebrations – order spritzes, sparklers and classic fixes. Elderflower Collins, Chambord Royale, French or Vesper Martini and Maker’s Mark Whiskey Sour are sold at won’t-break-the-bank prices. Around £7 secures a Captain Morgan Dark & Stormy Mule. As you’d expect, French growers are prominent on the wide-ranging wine list; perky, fashionable Picpoul is among the by-the-glass selection (which starts at under £5). Strawberry-burst Château Beaulieu Provençal rosé from Aix is similarly summery, and from Château Durfort-Vivens comes a mellow Margaux for £70. Snack on olives, anchovies and nuts, or ‘trempettes’: fresh crusty baguettes dipped in tapenade, aïoli, virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.