Boisdale of Canary Wharf 22

Cabot Place West , London, E14 4QT

  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale Canary Wharf
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf

SquareMeal Review of Boisdale of Canary Wharf

A reassuring alternative to the polished glass and hard edges of its Canary Wharf neighbours, Boisdale is positively tartan-tastic – there’s even a patterned rug for every knee out on the heated cigar terrace. It might sound doddery, but a businesslike crowd and live music (overseen by ‘sommelier of sound’ Jools Holland) add considerable verve – as does an enlivening selection of over 900 single malt whiskies. The Scottish skew continues on the menu, which opens with fine shellfish, pressed pheasant terrine and a mini roast haggis with neeps ‘n’ tatties – although mains widen the net to include, perhaps, chicken curry with winter squash dhal, poached Cornish sea bass or the house Aberdeenshire steak (served with Thai chilli mayo and the “obligatory” chips). Fittingly, a favourite wine order is “a bottle (or two) of the house claret”, polished off with something from the trolley of British farmhouse cheeses.   

Grana Padano

Grana Padano has become the world’s best-selling PDO cheese and one of the most loved products in Italy. It has been made with the same passion for almost 1,000 years in the heart of the Po River Valley in Northern Italy using only local milk, and aged from nine to over 20 months. What’s more, 30g of Grana Padano PDO contains the same nutritional value as approximately one pint of milk. Real Grana Padano cheese can be recognised by the small diamond lozenges on its rind. So always check there is some rind on the piece you are buying.

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7.1

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 6.9

Atmosphere: 6.8

Value: 6.5

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Tammy K. bronze reviewer 19 February 2016

wasn't great - was quite empty considering it was lunchtime. Service not as good as you would expect in a city hub.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Radhika J. bronze reviewer 10 December 2014

The level of service I have received from Boisdale at Canary Wharf has been utterly disgusting. With the holiday season upon us, a lot of people have had to re-evaluate their priorities, and therefore cancelling other plans. The way Boisdale Canary Wharf had handled the situation was horrendous, and considering it is the season of goodwill, they were unbelievably stubborn about cancelling a reservation. I have spoken to a few colleagues who are always looking for places to dine in Canary Wharf, and they have never experienced this problem and have made a note of it. It is safe to say that the colleagues who are using this reservation, will not be making the mistake of going there, especially as the food is over-priced and the services is under-rated!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Harriette 06 March 2014

‘The Boss’ was so impressed with his first visit that he asked me to rebook for a team lunch. First impression was that it did have that wow factor. The glass ceiling to floor wall gives an unrestricted view of the pretty West India Avenue. Great if conversation becomes rather tedious or your date is a real bore. Another wall is covered with various interesting whiskey/ Spirit bottles providing a further talking point/ distraction, and finally, there is the food which will gladly grab your attention. There is something for everyone on the menu even those picky clients or guests. The Lemon Sole tasted like it had just come from the sea and the Steak was so tender that a steak knife would not have been needed to cut it. As for the wine, list is extensive without starting too expensive. The service was fine although luckily we were not in a hurry. Not the place for a quick bite. I expect the Bar and grill on the floor below would suit those looking for a quicker lunch. Once again menu there is varied and plentiful. A Grand Piano on the stage at the far end fuelled my enthusiasm for a return visit and I will be on the lookout for when Jools Hollands comes back to play. I am sure the regular jazz nights would be amazing. Lunch or dinner, this restaurant will definitely be top of my list.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Angus C. bronze reviewer 05 November 2013

Just managed to get a grouse in at this late stage of the season! The atmosphere was poor but only because it was a Monday, but the food more than made up for that at a restaurant that never seems to disappoint.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Caroline R. 15 October 2013

Felt compelled to write a review as I was super impressed by this venue. Great place,food , athmosphere and good service. Music was sublte but made the evening have a lovely feel. Steak was outstanding. Yes its not cheap but you do feel you know what you are paying for. Highly recommend it.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

JAH. bronze reviewer 10 June 2011

We dined at Boisdales a few days ago. We asked to send our steaks back as they were both overcooked. The waiter was polite and said he would have to get his manager. This lady took some time arguing with us before finally agreeing that “medium rare” should mean that the steak is not cooked through and that indeed our steaks were overcooked! Overall, the food was tasty (once we received better-cooked steaks) but substantially over-priced (£35 per head for a seafood platter served as a starter). Also, adding £12.50 a head to a table over by the window because one of us had a partial view of the stage occupied by the jazz band after 9pm is very cheeky. Fair enough if you have a full view… Would not go back.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Victoria D. 11 May 2011

I was really shocked! How beautiful can a new restaurant be? the place is only a few days old and feels so warm and welcoming. I went last Friday night to see the ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ night! We had a lovely meal and the show was amazing. So I thought I would try the place out for a working lunch. Well it still felt cosy and welcoming in the daytime. lots of natural daylight through the large floor to ceiling curved expanse of window. There were 4 of us and we got seated straight away. We were presented with an A la carte menu and 2 smaller menus. Rather too much choice at lunchtime and could be confusing. There was an express ‘Flying Scotsman’ menu, a ‘Jacobite’ Menu and the normal menu. The service was friendly and quick and not to formal, although they forgot bread until the starter arrived. We went for the Jacobite Menu. 2 course for £19.50. Simple dishes but a good choice to please everyone at the table. I had a warm leek and poached egg tart to start with which was light and very tasty I thought the portion was small but it ended up being just right for a starter portion. For my main course I had cod and haddock fish cake. 1 large cake very filling and tasty and not full of potato. My fellow guests all seemed to enjoy the food too. We only had a glass of wine each and a bottle of water. A good and comfortable place for lunch. I will try the 1st floor terrace next time the sun is out. (Female friendly and nice toilets) A good new addition to the area.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ginola14 bronze reviewer 21 April 2011

I was due to meet 3 others the day before good Friday – the venue having only opened the Monday before. I was stood up. This has not happened for over 10 years. I was saddened and shocked – but rather than shrink apologetic into the corner – I decided to press ahead and dine “a la carte” this Thursday lunchtime. I am SO glad I did. Food: I can genuinely only criticise one element – the crackling served “atop” the pork belly. And I accept that the compromise between crispy and chewey is very much a personally matter, in no small way dictated by dental predicament. For me too chewey. So giving my age away there. In summary – crab tien – pricey – but intensely flavoured crab meat. Enhanced by the spicey avocado mouse/paste beautifully. The slices of cuccumber made everything look prettier, but ultimately served no other purpose. Belly of pork – near perfect. And if my wife reads this she will be shocked. I HATE mash. But this snuck under the radar and before I knew it it was infront of me,. And guess what it was delicious. Dont know what made me do it but the roasted field mushrooms garlic and shallots were an inspired panic-order side dish. hats off. I guy I had chatted with earlier had told me that a colleague and some clients had been in to level 2 the night befoe and had described the food as “stunning”. I put them spot on. I was now coasting to the finish – the Chilean Sauvignon blanc (large) recommended by one wiatress and the Stellenbosch Welmoed 2009 (large) recommended by another working true magic. I dont do deserts. the lady from Chile (or was it Brazil) recommended the paoched pear desert – probably one of only 3 deserts i would have fallen for in the entire world. Guess what. perfect. Although should the vanilla custard/creme Anglais enhance more if warm? Not sure – was a warm day and i loved it. well done to all. In summary: Plateau meets Pizza Express meets Gaucho meets the 100 club By which i mean, in turn, accessible, quality ingredients, exquisite service and intimate experience. Well done to all – 10 years overdue – please stay for the next 10. p.s. I am so gob smacked by how good it was (although the above was £60) that i am going back next Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday to ensure a more balance review. And i will offer up a second composite of those next 3 dining experiences for all those that are interested. Happy Easter.

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