21 August 2014

The Pearson Roomone star

16-19 Canada Square, London E14 5ER

£46.00 International East India Dock, Millwall
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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £52.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-12M Sat 10am-12M

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Set within a glossy office and sports club complex in the heart of brightly-lit Canary Wharf, The Pearson Room could easily fool you into thinking that you were actually in Manhattan. Bare brick walls, low-hanging lights and stylishly shelved walls evoke loft conversion chic, while a menu of burgers, salt beef sandwiches, wings and steaks is downtown cool. We found veal and beef bone marrow meatballs richly flavoured yet delicately textured, though a seafood ‘chowder’ more of a thin and tasteless soup. The kitchen certainly knows what it’s doing with the burgers, though: a classic cheese and bacon number boasts a juicy, well-seasoned patty, generous toppings and a bun that can stand up to the pressure. A New York-style cheesecake or deep fried apple pie are appropriately American and decidedly decadent end notes. Swift and friendly service and a selection of sturdy cocktails make this smart-casual financial district restaurant one to bank on.

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  1. Roaming around the financial district of Canary Wharf has never been my playground. So when i made my way deep in to the heart of it all i realised there's actually something quite exciting about it all. Not only the multitude of fine dining restaurants for wooing clients over, but also the tranquil industrial side of Thames mixed with what feels like stumbling around the blocks of New York. With the building so sky-high, judging where you are is barely impossible. Even Google maps seemed to think i was always in the building next door. I was late for my booking, and incredibly lost. Once we finally, and I'd like to exaggerate that word 'finally' found The Pearson Room, which is located in the Reebok centre - we were glad to just sit and relax. There really is no indicators to this restaurant existing. You have to find a tiny Reebook sign, pass a Waitrose and get in the correct lift. I'm sure passing trade is completely unheard of here. But they can't exactly help that, it's only huge buildings in Canary Wharf, no standalone restaurants on the sidewalk. A cheeky Bourbon sour proved to be one of the best I'd had. A Negroni, while excellent really could have done with a little more strength. Olives too, the mammoth kind were incredible and tossed in a little light vinegar...
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  2. From the creators of Marlyebone favourite, Trishna and the ever popular Bubbledogs, The Pearson Room has burst onto the scene along with several new restaurants hoping to strike it lucky in the wharf. Two visits and I’m afraid I’m not convinced. I was an ardent fan of the Reebok restaurant, it’s predecessor, from my not so long ago working days in the wharf. When I heard it had been replaced and with what, I just had to make a trip back and drag a few equally curious ex-colleagues with me too. However, shoddy service, forgotten drinks orders and a surprisingly under seasoned and over tomatoey Smoked Mozzarella & Purple Aubergine Parmigiana made it clear as day for me. I don’t want the Pearson Room. I want the Reebok back. I’d like my trio of fish with spicy pearl barley cous cous back and I’d like the ever helpful manager Jon Flower back. Old habits die hard I guess, but I won’t let this put me off checking out the group’s latest venture; Gymkhana. A tribute to the old gentlemens clubs in colonial India. The bar is already touted to be a real find...
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