Mud, one of the best Blues vocalists around, provided a signpost for the quality of music to come at the venue.
Those familiar with the much smaller Blues Kitchen in Camden (where the chili is a must-have) will not be surprised that the new Blues Kitchen is a place for good food. The ribs impressed Mud Morganfield, who shared them with his band. Chicago-born Mud, asked about the meal, said, “It’s just like at home.”
The newest Blues Kitchen has a contemporary appearance. The very friendly staff in their nice attire (a Joy Division T-shirt stood out) have a big room, with a very big bar, to work in. The theme could be described as a touch of shabby chic meets Blues heartland America, with tables with lots of small, distressed and coloured wood panels. There is comfy seating, booths, and a caravan. Yes, a bookable, period silver American caravan embedded in the restaurant for people to have a special time in.
Plus there are cocktails. A yellow one swirling eye-catchingly in a container was a Mojito, apparently (ingredients include white rum, mint and lime).
Second photo: Kate Booker