A highly enjoyable restaurant curiously modelled on a cod-Scottish gentlemen’s club, with no cliché knowingly ducked.
This highly enjoyable member of the Boisdale triumvirate is almost laughably incongruous. On the second floor is an appropriately smart bar-diner that offers a brasserie menu and mollifying puffs in the Cigar Library or on the terrace, but the third-floor main restaurant has a cod-Scottish gentlemen’s-club theme entirely at odds with the office-casual modernist architecture around it. No cliché is knowingly ducked – mounted stag’s head and angling trophy, tartan carpet, table-top thistles – yet they’re delivered with a cheerful wink (a slightly lascivious wink when it comes to the waitresses’ tartan miniskirts).
From the £19.75 ‘Jacobite’ menu, we were content with potted mackerel, despite it arriving cold rather than warm, and relished haggis with a quenelle each of orange neep and white mash: no fussy presentation, just gut-stuffing good flavours. A la carte prices trespass on expense-account territory, but crab tian (with another quenelle: avocado, this time) and king prawn caesar salad were up to the mark, big in size and taste. After 9pm there’s a stiff cover charge to watch jazz or blues from a stage at the far end of a pewter bar counter (where there’s a daunting number of fine whiskies).
|Venue name:||Boisdale of Canary Wharf||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Tue: 12pm - 11pm Wed-Fri: 12pm - midnight Saturday: 6pm - midnight Sunday: 12pm-4pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Canary Wharf|
|Price:||A?la Carte mains £12.75 - £35.00. Two Course Set Menu £11.95|
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The menu at Boisdale's said that the haggis in its starter form would be a mini haggis. It was not. My starter was an enormous portion of magnificent haggis (with neeps and tatties) wafting calories into the air. There's nothing like haggis to exude energy. If it hadn't been that you have to put the energy into it in the dirt place, by feeding a sheep for some years and then boiling it's innards for a further year, I'd suggest it as an alternative to nuclear power. It's like a red hot coal fire in a plate. The traditionally served dish hit the mark- a little more fulsomely than intended. Even better was the…
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The Boisdale Club – Quality Food and Great Music London has 3 Ranald McDonald’s extremely tasteful Scottish themed restaurants; we visited the one located in Canary Wharf. After being shown to our premium seats in the Restaurant which were close to the stage, my husband and I made our way down the tartan carpeted stairs to the Oyster Bar. As the bar tender constructed my Jimmy Roosevelt cocktail I found myself distracted by the magnificent crustacea display behind him. The Oyster Bar & Grill offers an extensive menu of shellfish, caviar, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. We sipped our pre dinner drinks seated on the Cigar Terrace overlooking Cabot Square. We don’t smoke, but having peeked into the impressive Cigar shop we almost wished we did! But a 1988 Vintage Cuban Cigar would set you back a smoking £275.00 – enough to burn a hole in anyone’s pocket! We returned to our seats in the restaurant upstairs, passing one or two stag’s heads on the way. Live music was provided by a young Cornish singer songwriter, Jessica Sweetman who was obviously inspired by the likes of Stevie Nicks. The waiting staff were attentive, but not intrusive. The food and wine were excellent, although I had a little gripe about my poached egg that was served with the gravadlax. The chef had managed to achieve a runny white with a firm yolk rather than the other way round, clever – but not very appealing! I was generously offered complimentary desserts in recompense. My main course of Risotto of Broad Beans, Peas and Courgettes was bursting with flavour and colour. My husband had the Mini Roast Macsween Haggis with mashed potatoes and bashed neeps for his starter and the Wester Roast Poached Salmon for main – both of which were beautifully cooked and presented. We didn’t try anything from the remarkable display of whiskies which range in price from a reasonable £7.00 for a 50ml measure of Famous Grouse to a staggering £755.50 per 50 ml measure of Glengoyne’s 40 year old malt! Maybe next time. In summary, The Boisdale Club is an ideal venue for meeting up with friends in relaxing, yet extravagant surroundings. Enjoy Scottish fare, fit for a Laird! With live music and great service you would be hard pressed to find a better place to spend an evening.
Although the a la carte is a little pricey, the cheaper priced 'Jacobite' menu offers a really good selection of dishes. The haggis is delicious & comes with a dram of whisky! The live music was surprisingly good, with a great atmosphere. Service was very prompt and friendly. On the whole, an excellent addition to the wharf.
Perfect, just perfect :) Full review: http://adventureaspie.com/2013/09/boisdale-of-canary-wharf-london/
Tried to use Time Out card for Saturday night, but was told this was only Monday-Thursday. Not in line with time out listing.