Surf and Turf at The Parlour

The Parlour in Canary Wharf is a Drake and Morgan place right on Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf. It has lovely outside seating but it gets very busy in the evenings, make sure you book. I got a Mojito which was well made, lots of fresh mint and the bartender did it with cubed rather than crushed ice as I was getting a sore throat. I really appreciated that little touch. As we were ordering food I got table service thus avoiding the crush at the bar. This was served with a salmon carpaccio amuse bouche.

Salmon carpaccio accompanied by a Mojito

Salmon carpaccio accompanied by a Mojito

We then moved on to mains. I ordered the 8 oz steak plus half a lobster. When I came out I loved the cute presentation, the chips came in a flowerpot but the steak was teeny weeny, pretty much the smallest steak I have ever seen in a restaurant. I was very glad that I had the half lobster as well, although I have to say by the end the chips defeated me. The sides were lovely, light crisp onion rings, perfectly seasoned mushroom and tomatoes. However for me the steak was lacking in flavour, I don’t know what their ageing process is, wet/ dry or for how long, but I think this steak could benefit from more of it. The lobster was fine but if I had a craving for lobster I would probably go to Burger and Lobster.

Surf and Turf - 8oz steak and  half lobster with chips, onion rings, mushroom and tomatoes

Surf and Turf – 8oz steak and half lobster with chips, onion rings, mushroom and tomatoes

Luckily at this point my dessert stomach capacity kicked in and I ordered the trio of desserts. Again the presentation was very cute in 3 tea cups clustered together. The trifle one was forgettable, just jelly and ice cream but the other two were a very good brownie, fudgy with a light crust and a toffee apple brulee. If you have a very sweet tooth as I do you’ll love this.

Trio of desserts

Trio of desserts – toffee apple brulee (upper left),  trifle (upper right) and fudge brownie with vanilla icecream (in foreground).

Fab Snow Queen Vodka drinks selection

Fab Snow Queen Vodka drinks selection

The food at the Parlour is like superior pub food, you wouldn’t treat it as a destination restaurant but if you’re in the area it does the job nicely. Through August all the Drake and Morgan venues are doing a 4 oz steak plus half a lobster, chips and a glass of prosecco for £15 if you call in advance and book quoting beef reef and bubbles.

Twitter: @TheParlourBar

http://www.theparlourbar.co.uk

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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