Good food served in comfortable surroundings with a warm ambience combine to make a wonderful dining experience, but sometimes you want a little more – it’s then that a beautiful outlook adds that special something to make your evening complete. City lights and reflections on the water create an irresistible magic that will mesmerise and enchant and, if you visit these Canary Wharf restaurants, you will find yourself being drawn into the romance of the evening.
1. Byblos Harbour
Situated right on the waterfront, the Byblos harbour has stunning views across the water. It serves traditional Lebanese cuisine and is a unique experience that is not to be missed. It has a well-deserved reputation for excellent fresh and healthy food, including the mezze, small dishes set around the table to create tasty and colourful appetisers. Wash it down with some traditional Arak and your dining experience will be complete.
It’s impossible to mention Canary Wharf restaurants without including Boisdale’s. The ambience of the second floor restaurant combined with the delicious Scottish-themed food that includes magnificent Angus beef and home-grown oysters is an experience not to be missed. With views of the city lights as you enjoy your dinner and relax to the sounds of jazz, you have the perfect evening.
3. Manhattan Grill
For superb steaks, the Manhattan Grill is hard to beat. Cooked on an authentic Montague Broiler in an open kitchen, your prime beef steak will be served to you in the Manhattan’s comfortable, contemporary-styled restaurant with uninterrupted views over the West India Quay and Canary Wharf. But, if steak is not your fancy, Manhattan also has a good range of other main courses including pasta and fish.
Open till late, Zizzi is the place to go for delicious Italian food. If you can get past the tasty starters that include unbeatable Italian breads with toppings like mozzarella, tomato passata and pesto, then give some traditional pasta or risotto dishes, or one of the great range of pizzas a try. Wash it all down with some good Italian wine and you have the ingredients of a great evening’s dining. For an added bonus, Zizzi has superb uninterrupted views of the River Thames from its waterside location.
Located on the fourth floor of Canada Place, the Plateau has a reputation for having a great atmosphere to complement the excellent food and service. The menu adds a contemporary touch to classic French dishes and includes such delights as Ballotine of Foie Gras, Confit of Rabbit and Roast Sea Trout. All this and two covered terraces with stunning views overlooking Canada Square and you have the perfect dining experience.
Upstairs from its ground floor bar, the Rocket restaurant boasts a great selection of pizzas like the signature Calzone (with chorizo sausage, prawns tomatoes and jalapenos), and food from the grill, including baked salmon and sirloin steak. But the coup de grace is the great view out from the terrace that makes the whole Rocket experience one to remember.