Wapping Food

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
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Wapping Food’s single greatest feature is its setting. Beyond a beautiful Victorian red-brick exterior lies a cavernous space dotted with old machinery from the hydraulic power station’s past. Next to these redundant but still mesmerising machines is a pretty restaurant furnished with classic Vitra pieces and twinkling tableware.

In the evening, when all this is washed by gentle candlelight, the effect is romantic and surreal. The food, sadly, isn’t anywhere near as memorable, and to our minds doesn’t warrant the £20 price tag for most mains. A starter of lamb sweetbreads was unappealing, the pinky-grey lumps too clearly resembling the glands that they are. Mains of cod and black bream were better: neatly seared and sealed with perfect crispy skin, and well-chosen accompaniments – baby leeks and new potatoes with the hearty cod, and a Mediterranean-like robust peperonata for the more delicate bream. A side of chard was fine, but at £5 you expect more than fine.

This isn’t to say Wapping Food is not worth visiting; such a memorable restaurant will always be worth a trip. Just don’t expect to be as blown away by the food as you will be by the space.


Venue name: Wapping Food
Address: Wapping Hydraulic Power Station
Cross street: Wapping Wall
Opening hours: Brunch served 10am-noon Sat, Sun. Lunch served 1-3.30pm Sat; 1-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 7-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Wapping tube or Shadwell DLR
Price: Main courses £15-£22

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Ruth Cassar

This is the best place in London to eat for my money - the atmosphere and ambience are both outstanding as is the food .For an exhibition space it is unsurpassed - the integrity of the building is an example to all who are not impressed by cheap conversion work and the Project provides a consummate example of function and form working in harmony


We went there with three friends for brunch. The food was fine, but overpriced. Service was slow, and the owner was unpleasant. Unusual location though. I will go back for a drink to enjoy the setting and avoid the overpriced average food.


We booked to go to this restaurant on a Friday evening expecting it to be bustling, not so, in fact it was rather empty. The building is brilliant; the overall experience however has a lot of room for improvement. The main problem with this restaurant is that it is trying to be too ‘arty farty’ so to speak. I am very familiarised with complex restaurant menus but Wapping Food take this to a new level. While there is not much choice as the menu changes daily, the pure ostentatiousness of the way it was written was somewhat pathetic. I can understand adding a few foreign words to add flair to the menu, but not one person on my table understood what any of the meals on offer actually were and they are by no means intellectual lightweights. In fact they had to ask for assistance, which is somewhat embarrassing not only for those asking but for the restaurant itself. Perhaps they should have a read of George Orwell… Simple English. In terms of food, it was very good, but not the best by a long shot. Again I think they are over complicating the dishes they serve. I would much rather have simple but fantastic food. The portions were a bit under generous, especially in relation to their price. A meal for three of us, including one of the lower end reds came to £155 including service charge. I find it very cheeky when ‘high end’ restaurants add the charge onto the total, the level of service we received was not worth the £17 it cost us, and this removes a measure by which management can assess customer satisfaction with staff. As we sat at the table we touched upon the business model of the restaurant and how it felt very under-utilised. A Friday night here should be bustling; better music, simpler food, a classy bar, even the furnishings were a bit naff. This place has so much potential it’s a shame it is how it is. We talked about how it would be amazing if there was a bit of industrial noise, fluid lighting, moving parts, haze… Features that would make the place feel alive. At it currently stands it feels like a shell, somewhat soulless. My whole table left with the same conclusion. It was an experience dining in such a unique building, however the food is too complicated, over priced and the place lacks a serious ‘buzz’. None of us would return for a second visit other than to show foreign friends the architectural merit of the place. Put it this way… this place could be so much better.