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Nov 14, 2011 07:22 AM

Best choices in/near Canary Wharf? [London]

I'll be in Canary Wharf for a week of meetings, and was looking for folks' recommendations; I know that this is a less interesting area to eat in than many others, but will be having pretty lengthy meetings which may restrict adventuring. Any tips gratefully received!

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  1. There's a few decent-ish places in Canary Wharf, it's not quite a culinary wasteland.

    There is Roka (which is good if someone else is paying), and the Gun gastropub is not too far away - I have had some great lunches there. There is a Royal China for dim sum and for something a little more casual, Wahaca for Mexican street food. There's also a Jamie's Italian, and while I wouldn't say its a destination restaurant, is not bad for a chain restaurant.

    Royal China
    13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

    66 Chandos Pl, London, Greater London WC2E 7, GB

    1. I'd second the recommendation for The Gun, which is a 10 minute walk away but worth the trip -- lots of history. If you've walked that way, there's also a very nice little Italian place -- Il Bianco. Huge pizzas and pastas and usually a couple of good fish specials (it's v close to London's fish market, Billingsgate).
      Camino down at Westferry Circus for tapas and nice views of the Thames.
      Browns if you're near West India Quay and just want something quick and reliable.

      Depending on when you're visiting, Goodman are opening a new steakhouse this week and Iberica are also opening next Monday (tapas and sherry). Gastronomically speaking, the area is definitely looking up!

      1. I know it's a chain but I do like Byron for burgers. I haven't been to the CW branch but they're pretty consistent. Same with Wahaca.

        Has anyone tried Feng Sushi? It's the closest place to me and I want it to be good!

        66 Chandos Pl, London, Greater London WC2E 7, GB

        1. There is a Gordon Ramsey pub called the Narrow not too far in Limehouse. The Gun is a beautiful restaurant, but not crazy about the food really.

          1. Lotus Restaurant near Crossharbour DLR for dim sum. It's a 15 minute walk or 2 minutes via DLR.

            I also think Canteen is reasonably priced, and during the daytime it's super bright with the sunlight streaming through the huge windows, and there's free wifi - plus their sofas are super comfortable.