Eating & Drinking
Where to eat in Canary Wharf this veganuary
For many, January has become synonymous with exploring veganism and everything it has to offer. Whether you are socially mindful or simply want to broaden your culinary horizons, commit fully to veganism or take steps towards it with plant-based fare, across Canary Wharf there are foodie favourites just waiting to be explored.
Plant-powered at atis
Serving plant-powered food that’s satisfying, healthy, sustainable and dedicated to community building, atis in Canada Place is the perfect place for nutritious bowl food to fuel you through the day. Developed to fulfil the demands of modern life, atis is convenient and value driven, paying close attention to everything from sourcing to packaging, ethical relationships and the environment. Favourite dishes include seasonal bowls such as the popular ‘Miso Dreams’ with shredded kale, rice, edamame, tofu and lime, ginger dressing.
Long, lazy lunches at BrewDog
Best known for leading the charge in the craft beer revolution, BrewDog has 20 beer taps and are popular for their boozy lunches. They also serve up hearty menus of indulgent, feel-good food, especially burgers and fries. Part of that includes a dedicated plant-based menu featuring their ‘Plant Stack’ with onion rings, buffalo cauliflower, spicy cleaver smashed cucumbers, fries and crispy hasselback potatoes. Other favourites including their ‘Plant-Powered Patriot’ complete with plantbased streaky bacon and served on a beetroot brioche bun. With destinations around the world, we might be biased, but their location in Churchill Place stands head and shoulders above the rest. Overlooking Bellmouth Passage – the canal linking the old North and South Docks – it’s just a fourminute walk from the Jubilee Line and is the perfect place for long weekend lunches with friends.
Leisurely brunches at Caravan
Caravan and its many branches are famous for their internationally inspired menu and easy going atmosphere. In January it’s their plant-based brunches that have us in thrall. House spiced black beans on sourdough with braised kale, plant-based stracciatella, spring onion, toasted sourdough; fresh bowls of fruit with coconut yoghurt; hot bowls of oats with medjool dates, black sesame, tahini and cinnamon, and more are all top of the menu. Meanwhile, their location on the former trading docks is fitting for the well-travelled restaurant, bringing a touch of Palm Springs style to Canary Wharf.
Bombay brunch at Dishoom
Best known for their comfort food, Dishoom captures the cosmopolitan nature of the 1970s on India’s west coast. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai and dinner, the restaurant in Wood Wharf is a double height destination with views overlooking the water. Pop in after a morning stroll in the pretty Harbour Quay gardens, and tuck into breakfast with a Bombay twist. Nurse a warming cup of their oat milk chai, tuck into their vegan akuri or savour their signature ‘Vegan Bombay’ with tofu akuri, vegan sausages, vegan black pudding, grilled field mushrooms, masala beans, grilled tomato and homemade vegan buns.
Mediterranean medley at Gallio
Forget the winter chill and step into the sunshine with a little Mediterranean magic at Gallio in Cabot Place. Celebrating the kaleidoscopic flavours of the Med, this heart-warming haven is set within the Atrium Kitchen and is the perfect place for easy going eating that’s good for mind, body and soul. Mezze plates, topped flatbreads, pilaf bowls and wraps, there’s something for everyone including vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free diets. A favourite is their vegan wild mushroom pizza with pumpkin seeds and Aleppo pepper.
Dinner date at Humble Grape
From its striking waterside location on Mackenzie Walk, Humble Grape is the destination of choice for anyone with a nose for wine. They make a habit of knowing their winemakers personally, buying directly from small, sustainable, independent vineyards. Pairing nicely with each bottle, their menu is equally well considered, with small plates including their vegan crispy cauliflower with lime aioli and chilli ketchup, as well as main courses like their miso marinated mushroom ‘steak’ with polenta fries. It’s perfect for date nights or dinner with friends.
Working lunch at Kaleido
Reinventing the humble salad and proving that being healthy can definitely mean being happy as well, Kaleido in One Canada Square is the place for fast food that feeds the soul. Wrapped in thin, transparent rice paper that’s only 30 calories and gluten-free, their fresh and playful salad rolls are mouth-wateringly good. There’s a whole range of vegan options includ ing their popular aubergine in tamari or sweet potato and tahini wrap.
Stylish sustainability at mallow
Seasonal, sustainable and low-key chic, mallow in Wood Wharf is a 100% plant-based restaurant, giving you an entire menu of beautifully presented food to choose from. They have two locations in London, and their Canary Wharf location is one of them – exquisitely decorated for a warm but stylish welcome. Inspired by cuisines from all over the world, they are dedicated to minimal waste and use ingredients sourced from small businesses – many of which are in London. The name itself refers to a native, edible British plant, known for its health benefits. They’re open all day, offering main meals and small plates. Favourite dishes include their porcini walnut date borek main course with preserved lemon tabbouleh, toasted spiced almonds and confit celeriac cream. Don’t forget to finish with a dessert of date molasses sticky toffee with caramel, pistachio rose praline and vanilla ice cream.
Tasty takeaway at Patty&Bun
Another master of the burger and fries tradition, Patty&Bun is Wood Wharf’s popular burger joint, known for its Patty classics, ice-cream sandwiches, lip-licking craft beer and cocktails. They have developed something of a cult following and now have locations across London, but it’s their Canary Wharf hot spot that’s their biggest (and best), complete with a terrace area for warmer days. Vegan favourites include their ‘Ari Gold’ Cheeseburger, ‘Smokey Robinson’ and their ‘Hot Chic’ Chicken Burger featuring a ‘THIS Isn’t Fried Chicken’ patty. Eat in or take away – either way, you’ve gotta try it.
Signature street food at Pho
Bringing healthy, delicious and great value Vietnamese food to London, Pho offers an authentic foodie experience in relaxed style at their understated location in Jubilee Place. Their signature dish is an aromatic noodle soup (the national dish of Vietnam), which has made them something of a street food icon with destinations across the UK. It’s the relaxed and contemporary Canary Wharf location however, that keeps you coming back time and again. There’s a whole host of vegan options from their Super Green veggie broth with green beans, pak choi, fresh lime and Thai basil, to Vietnamese curry, rice bowls and salads. It’s feel good factor all the way – and yes, you should definitely finish with crispy, warm banana fritters for dessert.
Fresh fast food at The Salad Kitchen
Best known for their ‘Crunchbox’, The Salad Kitchen was born of a desire to prove that salads could be delicious, nutritious and full of flavour – and that’s exactly what they do. Bringing their mission to locations across the capital, their home in Jubilee Place is the perfect place for healthy lunches on the go. Build your own salad box on top of weekly changing bases such as lemon and parsley bulgur wheat, black beans in sun-dried tomato hummus or pickled red cabbage, then add zesty slaws, leafy greens, roasted vegetables, kimchi, roasted tempeh and more.
Made to be shared at Wahaca
Bringing Mexican joy to fend off the January blues, Wahaca at The Park Pavilion brings you tacos, quesadillas, platitos, burritos, enchiladas, rainbow bowls, sides, churros and more. Vibrant, fresh, and honest food is the order of the day, so you can tuck in with a clear conscience and enjoy a variety of vegan options from plantain tacos to their delicious Smoky Sonoran Hummus. Perfect for sharing, and made with the planet in mind, you have to try their Veggie Nachos – ideal for an evening out with friends and fun filled weekend lunches.