Canary Wharf has plenty of restaurants to choose from when visiting Summer Lights, whether you’re with family, friends or your other half
The perfect food to eat with your hands – and let’s face it what kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t like eating this way? – Seoul Bird specialises in crispy, double-fried Korean-style chicken. What’s more, children can dine on its Combo Deal that features two chicken tenders or one piece of grilled chicken, served with tater tots and slaw. Meanwhile, parents won’t be disappointed with its cult favourite: the Seoul Burger.
Needing a quick and easy bite to eat? You can’t go wrong at Five Guys. Whether the kids are savouring one of its burgers – choose from more than 250,000 possible combinations of fresh toppings – a hot dog or a sandwich, you’re bound to get five or 10 minutes of peace and quiet while they gobble it up along with its famous ‘boardwalk style’ fries. For an extra treat, why not let them customise their own milkshake?
Pizza night is a sure-fire hit with all of the family, and Franco Manca’s Neapolitan-style pizzas don’t disappoint. What’s more, the kids’ menu offers three choices and includes a drink and an ice cream. Meanwhile the big kids should keep an eye out for the daily changing sourdough specials.
Le Pain Quotidien
Adults who are in need of a caffeine boost first thing can start the day with an expertly barista-crafted coffee at Le Pain Quotidien, while children can enjoy a babyccino, cold press juice or smoothie – its chocolate, banana, almond, cacao and oak milk is a must-try. Dine from either the breakfast or all-day menu, or alternatively if you just fancy a little something, order one of its pastries, tartines or cakes.
With options such as mini chicken katsu curry, mini yasai ramen and crispy fish bites, the children’s menu at Wagamama – named Little Noodlers – will transport little ones to the busy, bustling ramen bars and street markets of Japan. Back at the table, the colouring activity sheets will keep them entertained so that the whole family can sip, slurp and smile together.
Bringing the spirit of the Mexican market to the UK, kids can get creative and build their own tacos at Wahaca. They simply wrap up a tasty filling in the tortillas provided and pack them with lettuce, cheese and mashed up guacamole, while a side of veg stick dippers provides some of their five a day and a bit of crunch along with the tortilla chips. Ice cream is included for dessert, but why not order a side of churros for the whole family too? Accompanied with a decadent hot chocolate dipping sauce, what more could you want? Yum!
Situated in the centre of London’s Docklands, the whole family can tuck into the NYC-themed menu at Shake Shack which includes delicious burgers, hot dogs, dense and rich frozen custard and hand-spun shakes. Parents need not worry about the ingredients either as its menu is 50 per cent veg, and the chicken, pork and beef are British free-range and the fish is sustainable too.
Pergola on the Wharf
Guarantee good times at Pergola on the Wharf, the botanical-inspired venue perched on Canary Wharf’s northern dock which affords panoramic views from inside and its wraparound terrace. Pick from a rotating roster of London’s best up-and-coming street food concepts, or from the in-house restaurant where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal from scratch in the open kitchen. And with three bars, live music and DJ sets that play late into the night, what more could you want from a night out with friends?
Featuring live music seven nights a week, Big Easy is known for its barbecue food and fresh seafood inspired by the 19th century shacks and barbecue joints of the American Gulf Coast. Gather your nearest and dearest and soak in the fun and relaxed atmosphere, whether you’re dining inside the restaurant or on the huge sun-drenched terrace. For starters why not share a Grand Appetizer Platter, while its Bar.B.Q Blow Out is ideal for a group to feast together on. Wash it down with a signature fresh or frozen slushy cocktail.
If you and your friends have joined the craft beer revolution, BrewDog is the place to be this summer. Overlooking Bellmouth Passage, the bar has 20 beers on tap while its menu is just as expansive and includes snacks, its world-famous wings, burgers, bowls and salads.
What better way than to reignite the competitive spirit between you and your friends than with a game of shuffleboard? Reimagined by Electric Shuffle, add delicious food such as its sharing platters, pizzas and fries into the mix, and along with the art trail, you can have a fun day out to remember.
Tapas makes for the ultimate sharing food, so why not head to Ibérica this summer? Inspired by executive chef Nacho Manzano, some of the bites include aubergine steak, mussels bravos and tortilla while its paella and three types of Jamón Ibérico, carved to order, are just as tasty. Share a bottle of one of its Spanish wines, some of which are only available outside of Spain at Ibérica, with friends.
The Breakfast Club
With a quirky, 1980s-inspired décor, an American-influenced all-day menu and a ‘secret’ cocktail bar to discover, there’s always fun to be had at The Breakfast Club. As well as classic breakfast options such as blueberry pancakes and bacon, the lunch and dinner menu features dishes like salt beef bubble and squeak, fried chicken burgers and fish and chips.
WITH A DATE
Spice up your date day at Chai Ki, the restaurant that showcases modern Indian soul food. Offering a fresh approach to Asian cuisine, dishes are flavoursome with a new twist. Toast your alone time together with a signature cocktail, glass of wine or draught beer.
Bringing Japanese soul food to Canary Wharf, Ippudo’s vibrant atmosphere and tasty ramen makes for an ideal occasion. Catch up with your other half while indulging in one of its fluffy hirata buns that are filled with pork belly, chicken katsu, sweet potato or sweet chili shrimp, while its world-renowned reinvented Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen is a must-try.
With ideas such as Tasting Tuesday where a mini tasting of four wines can be sipped for only £15 per person – with a different theme each week – and Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays, Humble Grape has plenty of ideas for date day. Its Sunday roast of pork belly, beef rump or nut roast comes complete with Yorkshire pudding, grilled cauliflower cheese, root vegetables and gravy, plus it offers value for money at just £20 each.
No35 Mackenzie Walk
Looking for a lively lunchtime spot? No35 Mackenzie Walk is the ideal all-day hangout, from Monday morning coffee to a Friday evening nightcap, while its all-day weekend brunches are just the ticket for date day; think Caravan coffee, cold pressed juices, breakfast rice bowls and tacos.
Located at the top of Canada Place, opposite the Canary Wharf tower, Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill is just the place for those looking for something extra special and features awe-inspiring cityscape views. And with its two-course set menu lunch that includes dishes such as seaweed-cured salmon and flat iron steak, it will make for a meal to remember.
With both Japanese and Danish cuisine held in high esteem, why not enjoy the delights of Sticks’n’Sushi, which was born out of the fusion of the two culinary traditions. An extensive menu offers a plethora of colourful sushi and sashimi plates, which can be paired with salads and an array of yakitori sticks, meaning the only awkward moments will be deciding what to order.
Pull out all the stops on your day out with a sojourn in the warm, inviting atmosphere of ROKA, where expertly-crafted sushi dishes are served up alongside a variety of meat and vegetable plates that have been fired over the charcoals of its signature Robata grill. To make your meal extra special, opt for a tasting menu which will give you a flavour of some of the best dishes that this award-winning establishment has to offer.
The Ivy in the Park
After declaring this the ‘Summer of Love’ at The Ivy in the Park, where better place to go? Expect vibrant colours, sensational sounds and, of course, seasonal dishes alongside 1960s-themed cocktails to get you in the mood. Alternatively opt for a decadent Champagne afternoon tea from 3-5pm daily.