Canary Wharf is best known as the capital’s business hub, but it’s also home to some fantastic food and drink and is worth a visit whether you work in the area or not.
Nestled amongst the skyscrapers and offices you’ll find everything from fine dining to relaxed pubs, with something for every taste and budget.
If you’re after a taste of the Far East while you’re in the East End, head to Sri Nam. Instantly recognisable for its traditional décor featuring plenty of red lanterns and Buddha statues, Sri Nam is split across two storeys, with a relaxed downstairs brasserie and a sweeping staircase leading up to the more formal dining area.
They also offer takeaway options so you can grab a bite while you’re on the move to and from the office.
The meals cover tastes from around Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and China, with bento boxes for a lighter bite and full three-course banquets for special occasions.
The prawn toast, pad thai and house fried rice come particularly recommended, but you’re sure to find something for your tastes on the varied menu.
Bella Cosa is the place to head for Italian food in Canary Wharf, with a distinctly contemporary twist.
Consisting of two levels, each with its own distinct feel, Bella Cosa is a very versatile venue, whether you’re looking for somewhere to hold a business lunch or treat a special someone to a romantic date night.
While the food is Italian, it comes with Japanese rigour and precision, courtesy of renowned head chef, Kentaro Torii. The menu features classic pizza and pasta dishes as well as other options including pork belly, lamb chops, and seared red tuna steak.
With small bites on the lower level and fine dining upstairs, Bella Cosa offers an unrivalled Italian dining experience, no matter what you’re after. They’ll even give you a free taxi to the restaurant if you’re within 1.5 miles of the venue.
Chai Ki itself is a great restaurant, serving up modern Indian sharing plates, but the real attraction is its Toddy Shop Bar & Kitchen.
Modelled after the drinking dens of South Asia, known for serving up the hot beverage and spicy snacks, the Toddy Shop is the perfect place to kick back with one of their signature cocktails or craft beers while you enjoy some authentic Indian cuisine.
You can expect sharing fare such as koliwada calamari, dahi puri and Himalayan ribs, with breakfast and brunch options available such as Indian chaas buttermilk pancakes, kedgeree and idli sambar.
The décor is stripped back, with bespoke headlight lamps, railway luggage racks and turquoise leather giving it a really distinct feel.
These are just some of the options on offer at Canary Wharf; for such a small area, there are loads more eateries packed in for you to explore. Whilst it’s not somewhere people often think of eating, especially if they don’t already work in the area, it’s well worth a visit!