Dec 6 2013

One Canada Square

One Canada Square is a new European/ International food restaurant in Canary Wharf Canada Square in the iconic Canary Wharf building with the flashing light at the top that you see flashing when you fly over London. It was set up by Tom and Ed Martin (ETM Group) who are also behind the very famous The Botanist restaurant on Sloane Square (as well as some other gastropubs around London like The Well, The Jugged Hare, The Cadogan Arms). One Canada Square has a 30-cover bar and 100-cover restaurant (as well as a mezzanine level where my friend Anda had her team drinks recently) and it is open from 7am for breakfast and also serves lunch, dinner and post work cocktails. The interior sort of reminded me of Goodmans. There are leather chairs and that sort of a city vibe and there are beautiful paintings in sort of “autumn colours” on the walls. The interior was done by David Collins Studio which has designed the interior inspired by the 1920a.

I went to One Canada Square for lunch on a Friday with my friend Anda. The place was quite empty, not sure if it was because the place had only recently opened and people did not know about it yet. The menu appeals to everyone, there are raw dishes on the menu like carpaccios, tartars, ceviches for people that want to be healthy and watch their weight and there are also burgers and pasta for people that want to indulge and treat themselves. The main chef is Jamie Dobbin who before One Canada Square worked as a chef not for the Ivy but for its exclusive subsection the Ivy Club. Starters range from £6.50 to £12.40 and main courses from £14 to £24 so it is not cheap but also not overly expensive.

Anda and I did not want to have too much food, so we just ordered one course each, a main course. I chose the “Scallop & shrimp burger, kimchee, fries” and Anda went for the “Crab ravioli, leeks, samphire, shellfish sauce”. I did like the burger a lot. I am not always keen on burgers with fish or seafood but here they had cooked together the scallops and shrimps and added it between a soft bun and it was a good burger, big, easy to hold and with nice, not usual flavours. The kimchee and the fries were good, not amazing. Anda’s ravioli had a lot of samphire added to it and when I tasted it, the ravioli was good but I was not crazy about it, like I can be about pasta. 

One Canada Square is a very safe choice restaurant in Canary Wharf. It does food well, serves dishes that are trendy these days, but for me there was nothing “wow” about this place. Also Anda said when she came here earlier for her team drinks the canapés they got were not very good. The service had been excellent with waiters bringing them drinks the whole time but they were a few hours late with bringing out the canapés which turned out to be disappointing.

Date: 06/ 12/ 13
Location: Canary Wharf
Price for 2 people, no alcohol and service charge: £48.26

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One Canada Square
One Canada Square E14 5AH
United Kingdom
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