Boisdale Canary Wharf – The Perfect Blend of Scottish Fare, Blues & Jazz
July 19, 2017
I’m a big fan of blues and jazz music, so was more than eager to review Boisdale Canary Wharf. Before going to the second floor restaurant my companion and I had a drink on the terrace which overlooks the lovely fountains of Cabot Square. The balcony wraps around the bar so it’s a great spot for after work drinks and people watching! On entering the restaurant the first thing we noticed was the extensive whisky collection on display behind the bar, as well as several album covers adorning the walls. This gave the venue a very Scottish feel, but also one with a blues/jazz atmosphere. The lighting was just right as was the volume of the background music.
We were shown to a table by the window with beautiful views and were served a lovely glass of chilled house champagne.
And so to the food….my companion had the most tender Szechuan pepper & chilli squid. This was served with pickled cucumbers and a slightly spicy harissa mayonnaise. The portion size was just right and cooked to perfection – not at all rubbery. I had the most delicious seared hand-dived Scottish scallops that were accompanied by chanterelle mushroom, sautéed bacon, asparagus and pea puree – simply divine! They were beautifully presented, delicious and so tender.
For the main course, my companion chose the sirloin steak which melted in her mouth – it was one of the best she’d eaten in a long time. To accompany the steak she had mashed potato which was so smooth and rich, as well as the steamed broccoli, cooked perfectly al dente. The peppercorn sauce was more thin than thick and creamy, but worked perfectly with the mashed potato. The whole lobster can only be described as amazing! It was served chilled with a really tasty homemade mayonnaise (you can also have this char-grilled with garlic, parsley and chilli). It came with all the usual culinary implements you’d expect when eating lobster. I decided on the thrice cooked chips which didn’t disappoint!
For dessert my companion decided on the cheese board. Ashley chose five cheeses for her which were a good mix of hard, soft and smelly cheeses, accompanied by two types of crackers, pears and honey. A delightful combination. I plumped for the Twix Brownie, which was a mixture of Twix, chocolate cake, milk chocolate caramel mousse, salted butterscotch and buttery shortbread. Sublime!
Throughout dinner we were served with a crisp, very easy drinking house Sauvignon Blanc, also suggested by Ashley, our fantastic waiter who was extremely polite, smart and very knowledgeable about all the menu choices on offer. And what a sense of humour!
Just as we were finishing dinner the band started to play. The atmosphere changed from a restaurant to music venue. We had eaten a little too much to be able to dance to the band but will be back soon to experience that side of a fabulous venue. Highly recommended for food, service, atmosphere and location! Definitely one I’d return to!
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Pamela Hope