Martyn Meid may be reticent, his name not blazoned on menus or websites, but his modernist Nordic cuisine is anything but. The little restaurant is Scandi-cool in white, glass and steel, carefully lit in the evening via arty light fittings and flickering candles, and looking out over the neon-lit South Quays development.
Downstairs is a tiny takeaway serving the fish and chips that may yet prove a mainstay. The main menu has just occasional mentions of foams, powders and textures; on our visit, the waitress felt bound to warn us about the more ‘deconstructed’ dishes. Own-cured gravlax came with squid ink aïoli, mint jelly et al, and was a great composition. Fish and chips – we tried cod and rock – proved gratifyingly traditional, and good as can be. Rather different treatments were at play with home-salted cod – its tomato powders and pastes provided a plateful of umami – and the simply named but startlingly executed lemon sole with truffled celeriac. The most pungent of purées proved no match for a soft, almost-rotten fleshed fish hovering between the textures and tastes of Scandinavian specialities lutefisk and surströmming, a shock to the uninitiated and unforewarned.
We needed our wines (a great selection, with umpteen by-the-glass) to wash away a truffle powder that tasted merely bitter. White chocolate powder (in deconstructed cheesecake) proved rather more palatable.
There’s currently an uneasy tension here between the traditional and the experimental; if you’re after a straightforward experience, it’s best to enquire very carefully before tucking in.
|Venue name:||Dock Seafood Restaurant||Contact:|
2 Mastmaker Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: South Quay DLR|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£24. Set lunch (noon-3pm) £10 1 course, £15 2 courses|
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Had a lovely evening in the dock yesterday. This is got to be a tastiest fish I ever had. The food was clearly freshly made, and presented nicely. The service was so friendly and accomodating. So nice to find a restaurant in Canary wharf that isn't just another chain.
I dined at this restaurant last weekend with a couple of friends, having been personally recommended and was blown away by the sheer quality and freshness of the food. There was a great mix of choices on offer, the menu catering for the more traditionally inclined but also offering a more exciting a la carte selection. Spoilt for choice we opted to share a selection of starters and chose the scallops, asparagus, stone crab salad & fresh oysters with caviar. The presentation was beautiful & the flavours outstanding, the freshness of the ingredients shining through.
For our mains we had a variety of choices, my friend choosing the haddock, chips and mushy pea's, his girlfriend the seabream with asparagus, and for myself the sea bass, whilst my girlfriend chose the mussels. As with the first course, everyone were overwhelmed with the quality & quantity of the dishes.
Obviously no meal is complete without a good bottle of wine and again no shortage here as there is a huge wine list, all very reasonably priced!
I can see why some people may have missed this hidden gem of canary Wharf, as the entrance looks a little like a chippy, but venture upstairs and you'll be surprised with what you find!
One thing's for sure, I won't be sharing my scallops next time!
The Dock has a welcoming atmosphere with tentative and knowledgeable staff plus a beautiful, airy dining room with contemporary nordic style decor. The food is fresh and gorgeously plated, but most importantly delicious. Will definitely come back next time I'm in London.