Saturday Brunch is a must at One Canada Square
In recent years, Canary Wharf has come alive at weekends. It now boasts a fabulous array of shops that can rival the West End, has two cinemas and an endless supply of restaurants and bars. Obviously these are not as busy as they would be during the working week but as we approached One Canada Square for a Saturday brunch, we heard the place long before we saw it!
I was actually rather pleased that I had brought my niece rather than my husband on this occasion, as the restaurant’s clientele was almost entirely made up of females, having a good sing along as the pianist was blasting out some classic tunes! The atmosphere was electric and my niece said it reminded her of New Year’s Eve at my house! Although having an intimate conversation was almost impossible, we were happy to just sit and take in the music and ambiance while we perused the menu.
Brunch at One Canada Square is extremely good value. Two courses are £20 or three for £25 and for a further £20 you get “bottomless” glasses of Mimosa, Wine or a Bloody / Virgin Mary. There are at least half a dozen choices under the Starters, Mains and Desserts sections and the variety is very good indeed. You can choose from Eggs Benedict, to salads to Whitebait and that’s just under the starters section. I was totally spoilt for choice but I love Soft Shell Crab and so rarely see it on a menu that I had to have one.
It came served as a “Benedict” and arrived with a soft muffin, poached egg covered in a creamy hollandaise sauce and a portion of avocado on the side. It was so tasty and a lovely combination of flavours. My niece isn’t as fond of seafood as I am and so she went for the safer option of Avocado and chilli on toast with smoked bacon. This was also served on a toasted muffin and judging by how much she ate of the hearty portion, it was obviously as tasty as my dish!
To follow she opted for the Shorthorn burger, which came nice and pink in the middle and served with some hand cut chips. I had the vegetarian pasta dish of Artichoke tortellini, Chicken of the Wood mushrooms, summer truffle and parmesan. I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the best pasta dish I have tasted outside of Italy. The sauce was rich, the tortellini filling was creamy and delicious and I would go back to just to have another portion of this dish!
We didn’t really need dessert but were having such a lovely time that we decided to share a portion of Sticky toffee pudding with cornflake ice cream. We were intrigued by the ice cream and although it didn’t taste of cornflakes it did have a nice crisp coating and together with the pudding was utterly yummy.
We were certainly not rushed from our table and sat there for hours enjoying the music (which did get a lot less raucous after a while), the food and the literally bottomless drinks!
With so much on offer in Canary Wharf these days, it’s definitely worth a trip over there on a Saturday afternoon but if you do it would be crazy to miss out on brunch at One Canada Square.
One Canada Square Restaurant and Bar
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