The Parlour 1

Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square , London, E14 5FW

0845 468 0100

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SquareMeal Review of The Parlour

The guys behind Docklands’ spiffiest ‘bar/kitchen/cocktail lounge’ clearly had fun while shopping for accessories to fill this all-dayer. It’s like a trolley dash through the Conran Shop – Bertoia bar stools, Eames rockers & the rest look ‘super trendy’ under the modish exposed ductwork, & there’s design overload on the tables too. Clipboards, pegs, takeaway cartons & pots of herbs are, frankly, a surfeit of ‘stuff’. The Brit/global allsorts menu is very busy too, a crammed page of sharing boards, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, salads & mains. ‘Quirky’ presentation occasionally trumps flavour: neither prawn ‘lollipops’ (not deveined) nor underpowered Thai beef salad tasted half as good as they looked. Overall, it can seem ‘distinctly average’, but the vibe inside & out is kicking; ‘yummy’ cocktails & an everything-by-the-glass approach to wine are also commendable.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

West Ferry Quay Station 95m

Canary Wharf Station 223m

Address

Address: Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square , London E14 5FW

Area: East India Dock Millwall

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8am-11pm (Thurs-Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 10am-12M (Sun -7pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Docklands 62m

Cabot Square 180m

Details

Telephone: 0845 468 0100

Website:

Cuisine: International

6.1

Food & Drink: 5.6

Service: 5.6

Atmosphere: 6.4

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Belinda L. 14 January 2018

Lovely looking restaurant and a nice atmosphere. Good overall service but the only thing I would say is that our food (mainly burgers) arrived within 5 minutes of ordering however, the food was really good and very tasty. We had 2 desserts to share between 5 of us (chocolate brownie and a knickerbocker glory) both were delicious and next time I will order my own dessert so I don't have to share....lol

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Vanessa . bronze reviewer 22 July 2015

My first time visiting The Parlour. Great place to go for after work drinks and dinner. We were seated promptly and the place wasn't too busy inside but still took a while for our food order to be taken. It seemed like we were being served by 2 different people and had to ask twice for another drink. Overall a good place to go, value for money.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

The Cheese platinum reviewer 20 June 2015

I confess: I'm frightened of Canary Wharf. The proper grown-ups (with suits 'n' everything!); the incalculable heights of Canada Square that make my brain go funny; the number of supremely hammered folk before 6pm on a Friday. (Triple that when the sun's out / it's a bull market / it's all gone Lehman Brothers). So I faced my fears and visited the Parlour one evening, arriving on my tod. Firstly, a parlour it ain't. It's raucous and rammed, with mercifully high ceilings to dissipate some of the volume. Someone's been pretty smart with design, as tables topped with honeycombed ceramics plus a hint of dogtooth and tweedy upholstery prevent the place being entirely soulless. The staff I encountered were very cordial (contrary to many reviews) and held up admirably under the strain of a billion traders out on the razzle, spilling out across the lawn. Cocktails are fairly priced for these parts, or maybe I was seduced by everything being listed as £9.95 rather than the actual tenner it means. It's also nice to see that everything's available by the glass, from Sancerre through to Chapel Down Brut. There's bar food to soak up the excess, with the usual suspects of the posh pub grub realm. Tasty ballast includes hummus and baba ganoush, or a meat platter so gluttonous it may be solely responsible for global warming. (I counted double pig, mini burgers and token poultry for good measure). A seafood option seems the more refined choice with its frilly blinis and smoked salmon, until you spy 'prawn lollipops'. A deeply disturbing concept. Anyhoo, sharing is the way to go, but don't expect the nibbles to go far; order a couple of dishes if there's more than a few of you. I can't speak for the sit-down offering, but the ring-fenced dining area overlooks the kitchen and is slickly put together. Still a deafening spot though, unless your snide intention is to sidle up to your unsuspecting target. If you're unwinding after work, on the pull or partying for no reason in particular, the Parlour's probably alright. The music is loud - so very, very loud - and the bar queues are long, but every group in the vicinity appears to be having a ball. It's entirely down to personal preference that it's akin to my own version of hell.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Joanne B. 05 March 2014

The service was very slow, once we were seated the menu was given to us, then about 10 minutes later the waiter asked us what we wanted to drink, we ordered and then after about 20 mins i had to ask another member of staff where our drinks were, we ordered our food at this time, the starters came up really quick, during the meal another drink was ordered but never materialised. All in all the food was good, I don't think they had enough staff to cope with the volume of diners

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Dawn W. 03 June 2013

For a preconcert dinner at the O2 this is a great alternative than going into battle with the rest of the masses arriving at the O2. The Parlour is a great venue both inside and out (weather permitting) and is incredibly handy for getting to North Greenwich (1 stop). The staff on Saturday night were super friendly and helpful. The menu for the deal is just about the right size. The starters we had were the only let down, the squid and prawns need a bit of work, however the main course, duck salad and salmon were both good. If you have a hearty appetite you could go for something more substantial but as said if you are looking for a pre something dinner or a lunch then I would say give the Parlour a go!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Alex W. 26 April 2012

I went to The parlour last Friday for lunch and I have to say – it was a great experience. we booked a table for two and we got a window seat in the restaurant. we ordered 2 watermelon martinis that were absolutely amazing followed by fish & chips and a perfectly cooked steak. Desserts were lovely too – creme brulee and a knickerbocker glory (felt like a kid again :). Service was attentive and casual, I would definitely be back for lunch as well as dinner as I've heard they have some cool cocktails every night.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nasty O. 14 April 2011

been to the parlour for girlies catch up over the weekend! what an amazing space, especially the outside area! the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. the barman suggested some yummy cocktails it they were indeed impressive. these guys know how to wow their guests.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Ellie 20 January 2011

We visited here for the 2nd time at the weekend, and I so badly wanted to like it. We visited before when it first opened and were left with an impression of distinctly average and unsatisfying.. this was a while ago, and we were hoping that maybe since then it might have improved? Sadly this was not the case. When you first walk in, the interior is super trendy, and it looks like the perfect place to spend a nice brunch or lunch. And the menu offers an appealing variety of food. The food even deceptively looks nice, all presented in a quirky style, or on boards. Someone has clearly put some effort into the concept, so why is the food so bad?!! We ordered the bread board, and it arrived and looked like a nice selection of breads, but they were all stale. I'm not just being picky, they were all hard, and going white around the edges, they were old. Next arrives my main, chicken club sandwich, pretty small average looking sandwich, could have been nice if our good friend the super stale bread hadn't made a reappearance. It was supposed to have chilli jam on the side, but it was actually thai sweet chilli dipping sauce…very strange combination? I also ordered truffle fries with grated parmesan (I had them previously in Jamie Olivers restaurant and they were delicious, so was very excited when I saw they had them here too). They weren't fries, but more chunky chips, they were totally soggy, covered in grease and oil (no taste of truffle whatsoever), then covered in chunks of sweaty cheese. Not edible. My partner ordered the Beef stew, which again tasted average, very bland, and the mushrooms were disgusting. It just tasted cheap. The service was average, someone previously used the word ‘vacant’ which pretty much sums up the staff. I asked if they did a side salad with the sandwich's, the reply was ‘errrm, no’. We complained about the hideous food, and they took the sandwich off the bill, after I poked the stale bread in front of him to proove that it was, in fact rock solid. Such a disappointment for a place that could have such potential! After looking at other reviews, they are all shocking… why isn't the management paying any attention?!

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Lee m. 29 June 2010

The Parlour, Canada Square. My first review!! Well where do I start? We arrived and waited just a little longer than was comfortable to be shown to a table. We ordered wine. They brought the wrong wine! We ordered a starter. It didn’t arrive. We ordered two mains. They did arrive. Phew! The waiter then, very kindly, decided to pour my dinner over my beloved’s crisp white shirt (ok it was somewhat damp and crumpled from a hot day in the city). Oh, and over his suit too. The gravy stain was most attractive, sticky for a while but usefully hardened in the heat of the restaurant. Now to the food. To be fair dearly beloved’s fish and chips were edible, just. My chicken and potato…..the potatoes were disguised as perfectly proportioned pebbles. Somewhat disappointing. My teeth survived the experience but my dentist is rubbing his hands with glee!! My recommendation. Don’t go! Just don’t.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Tim m. 01 December 2009

I normally read reviews rather than write them but thought I should write after our visit to the Parlour at Canada Tower yesterday. I love finding new places, you first notice what a great space it is – stylish and trendy, not pretentious. We were greeted my a smiling young guy who showed us to a table and brought us menus. We ordered a lovely bottle of (house) sauvignon blanc for £12.95 which is actually cheaper than my Local. The menu is modern British/European and it all looked pretty tempting. I had butternut squash risotto which was perfect, my fiancé loved her crispy duck and noodle salad. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, when it was time for the bill, it came in a little old fashioned tin which was cool and looking around you notice other little design touches like that. I'd absolutely recommend a visit, to sum up our experience – great location, great design serving great British ingredients in a sophisticated way – and turned out to be great value!