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4th Floor, Canada Place
020 7715 7100
Excellent staff continue to make all the difference on the fourth floor of Canada Place, where D&D London’s Plateau hybrid could otherwise lack a little soul. On the more casual side, the close-packed Bar & Grill turns out a popular set menu of international plates, but there’s more to hold punters’ interest in the restaurant – a classy, spacious dining room furnished with 20th-century design classics. Food-wise, many dishes now have French roots – from grilled gurnard to pan-fried duckling breast aux épices. We suggest plumping for the six-course tasting menu if you want to settle in for evening and round off with the drama of crêpes Suzette. A solid wine list is bolstered by occasional events and guest tipples.
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From: 02 July 2018
To: 31 October 2018
Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
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4th Floor, Canada Place
020 7715 7100
West Ferry Quay Station 217m
Poplar Tube Station 271m
Canary Wharf 50m
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 4
Amidst its jungle of skyscrapers, Canary Wharf has many dining options, but few high-end ones. Plateau is therefore a welcome relief, even if the formula is a familiar one. This is perhaps unsurprising given it is part of the D&D restaurant group (which now numbers 30+ venues such as La Pont de la Tour and Le Coq d’Argent). Even if the food pleased and service could not be faulted, it still did not take away from the fact that places sorely lacks atmosphere, or even a sense of joyfulness. All the diners were almost identically dressed in business outfits. Were they to look up from their meals between debating matters of high finance or similar, they would be forced to take in a depressing view from the large floor-to-ceiling windows of very similar-looking tall buildings interspersed with scaffolding and diggers. This is not New York (where such a vista might be considered cool), but just a small part of London, distant from the real heart of the place. Dining here means you may have made it by Canary Wharf standards, but give me Mayfair, the river, or just about anywhere else for some ambience. Enough griping, and £25 for a two-course set lunch (or £30 for a pudding too) represents distinct value given the quality of the cooking on offer. A La Carte options are pricier (~£15 for starters, ~£30 for mains), but this probably doesn’t matter if expenses accounts generally cover the bill. My comrade and I stuck to mains, but I had no complaints about my roast venison haunch, parsnip, red cabbage and juniper port dish. It was presented beautifully; the meat was tender and the flavours combined harmoniously. There were plaudits for the baked cod from my comrade too. One of the best venues that Canary Wharf has to offer, even if the praise is somewhat relative.
The restaurant is visually beautiful. It is a glass box four stories high, decorated with restraint (their floor lamps are from the Museum Of Modern Art, though) – so, nothing detracts from the view. We were there on a rainy night and the effect was simply stunning, somewhat like being inside an aquarium (minus fishes peering in).
Food was good, complex and tasty, and prices are reasonable. Risotto and wood pigeon starters were both excellent, duck (trio of filet, confit and foie gras) good and lamb – just OK, but then I am a spoilt Australian. Wine list was extensive, with any number of reasonably priced bottles; for me, though, exciting stuff started from around 50 pounds. Fair enough, too – and they even had a half-bottle of Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 on the menu for forty pounds!
Service was very friendly and efficient, but not at all intrusive.
I will be back – gladly.
Despite reading previous reviewers comments and hearing of some negative experiences from friends (all over a year old – and the restaurant has installed a new head chef in the mean time), I decided to book Plateau to catch up with some friends midweek.
Having arrived early, we took some drinks in the bar, and my friend was delighted with her Grey Goose cocktail. The bar was busy (considering it is small) and noisy, and I can imagine that eating in the bar area would be a far noisier experience than the restaurant.
The decor of the whole restaurant is very impressive, minimalist and modern and the views out from the full length glass windows helped to set the scene. The restaurant is not overly noisy, nor overly quiet, and conversation was natural and easy to follow.
As for the food, two of the party had the set menu and I chose from the a la carte options. Having worried that portion sizes for the set menu would be small, my friends were delighted with their meals in both size and taste.
My crab raviolo was a little bland, but by no means unpleasant but the duck breast, petit endive tatin & seared foie gras was exceptional and of a very satisfying portion size.
We shared a very nice, reasonably priced, bottle of red wine, recommended by the sommelier.
With two set menu options, and an inexpensive wine, the overall bill was not extortionate, but it is by no means a cheap meal!
We all had a great time, and I will go back.
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