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.
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.
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.
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.
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