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|Address:||Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SG|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £19.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6.30-11pm Sat-Sun 10am-12.30pm 1.15-3.30pm Sat 7-11pm|
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First time back at Wapping Food after quite a long gap thanks to the joys of the East London Line refurb! It’s much the same as it ever was – food is delightfully unpredictable; sometimes the menu can offer you a huge range of options where you'll want everything, sometimes it’s hunting though to find an option, and don't think you'll be allowed to mix and match e.g. veg from one dish with the meat or fish from another as “the chef wouldn't be prepared to do that”. Having said that the food is generally a high, if not exceptional, standard. It's fairly pointless commenting on particular dishes as the chances are when you go it won't be on the menu in its current form given the regular changes. Bread is very nice and seems to turn up without too much prompting and there is no Oliver Twist moment when you ask for more!
Wine and drinks have a wide selection all be it you won't get European ranges; options by the glass are limited but affordable and perfectly acceptable, bottles can get quite expensive quite quickly, but overall food and drinks are reasonable value for money and much the same as you'd pay anywhere else these days e.g. £40-£50 per head.
Service is erratic – but at least we haven't ever had the experience that some diners report (Google Wapping food+owner for a selection of quotes not suitable for a family newspaper), but generally the staff do take some catching in order to place orders, pay etc – they circulate in a beautifully choreographed formation without ever looking at you or approaching you, but once you've finally got one they are perfectly polite and helpful.
The venue itself is quirky, or dare we say Marmite – you'll love it (as we both did) or hate it; the old power station generating machinery and high ceilings are in place and candles are everywhere but tables and chairs are plastic and its got bare concrete floors and music that will either bother you, or in my case you won't have even noticed as the company was delightfully tall, blonde and Clare shaped.
There is private parking, which itself is a novelty in London, although the car park is full of potholes deep enough to lose a Mini in!
Worth giving it a try – expect that you might be disappointed around 1 in 5 visits, but that’s a better hit rate than a number of venues in a part of London that is fairly devoid of decent options.