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Giant Robot

Restaurants, Street food Canary Wharf
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Giant Robot

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A seven-days-a-week foodie arena on the rooftop of Crossrail Place, from the team that brought you Dinerama.

A big shiny box on a low-rise Canary Wharf rooftop, Giant Robot is from the peeps at Street Feast, who also gave us hip outdoor food hangouts Dinerama and Model Market. It looks sort of like a boat. Or something with a massive quiff.

Inside, it’s like a cross between an airport departure lounge and a nightclub. Concrete floors, retro furnishings, groovy tunes. Plus four street food vendors, two bars and a coffee shack. Outside, there’s access to the wharf’s glorious ‘rooftopia’. You’ve got it: a landscaped rainforest on a roof. It’s all under a translucent, wood-framed dome, meaning shelter from the rain, but they’ve taken lots of panels out, so there’s breeze and birds, too.

At Giant Robot you'll find traders Little José, Thunderbird, Bob's Lobster and Yum Bun. Read all about their best dishes here.

Giant Robot says
OUR EATING AND DRINKING ROOFTOPIA
Giant Robot is our Canary Wharf eating and drinking rooftopia is open Mon-Sat from 11am to Late. Join us for food, booze and grooves – Families welcome.

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES:

Our last feast before we close for Christmas is Fri 21 Dec. We’ll be back on Wed 02 Jan 2019.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Address: Crossrail Place
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5AR
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf
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3 out of 5 stars

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3.5 / 5

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Tastemaker

Another instalment from Street Feast! 


While nowhere near my favourite of their locations, this one stands out by being the first 7 day a week location. I does have a much smaller selection of food with only 4 sellers. The food seems to be either a little more expensive or a bit smaller than their other locations.


The place itself really nice, set in Crossrail place with a great balcony and view, and a rooftop garden above it. They bring their normal grungy look but a lot cleaner and more organised, it feels a lot more grown up than Dinearama. Being in the city you will be surrounded by suits during the week, but don't let that put you off if you are going!

It retains the things I love about Street Feast, a great friendly atmosphere, amazing selection of beers, with a separate bar offering cocktails. Awesome features like a free cloak room in the evening, or a coffee bar in the day. 


I would highly recommend this place if you are in the area, either for food and drinks, or just a drink before heading to a restaurant.


tl;dr It's Street Feast but more grown up, with a polish and a suit, but still retains the amazing atmosphere I crave from a Street Feast location.

tastemaker

An indoor Dinerama, the Giant Robot is a good pick if you’re organising drinks for big a group and want to have a range of food options available. This an indoor foodcourt-cum- bar, offering a range of dishes (think Lebanese pitta with halloumi fries, fried chicken, pork buns or burgers) and a good choice of drinks (the margaritas are not bad). Not the most stylish of places but very functional and with good quality food and drinks, the Giant Robot is not a bad choice if you’re organising a night out for a bigger group around Canary Wharf.

tastemaker

We've currently got a friend visiting from Australia. To show off how cool we are, I thought I'll take her to one of the many street food places London has to offer. Giant Robot has been on the list for a while, so we took a punt and headed to this new street feast venue. The best thing about the Giant Robot was how relaxed it was for a Saturday night. Not many people around, plenty of food and drink options and no lining up for 30 minutes to get a drink. I would highly recommend visiting before it gets put on the map and stuffed with people.

Tastemaker

Another Street Feast location and although smaller than usual, still has great options for food and drinks (including one of my favourites Yum Bun).

If you are around Canary Wharf go for a visit.

tastemaker

I'm always a fun of Street Feast's offerings and Giant Robot is a solid addition. 

I've eaten and drank here a few times and it definitely feels a bit different to the other offerings, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Less urban/industrial chic and more big silver surfaces, Giant Robot is located on the side of Crossrail place (makes you feel like you're on a boat!).

There's a huge main bar with decently priced drinks, though the cocktail list is small they are consistently well made. As for food options, for me the real jewel in the crown is little jose's. Having looked in jealously through the window of the Bermondsey Street outpost which is constantly rammed I was delighted to find somewhere where I can actually get in and enjoy! 


It's a bit shiny and corporate, sure, but this is Canary Wharf after all and it's refreshingly less busy than any other Street Feast I've been to, so for now I'm tsill very much enjoying it's welcome arrival.

tastemaker

Came here for a few Saturday afternoon drinks and thought it was quite a nice venue. It's street feast but not out on the street. It's based atop the new cross rail site building by the roof garden. It's a huge space that's indoors but seems to be trying hard to look a bit as if it's outdoors. There's food but I didn't partake as I didn't really fancy anything on the menu. It seemed to me that lobster was the main attraction food wise here.

There was an outdoor balcony style seating area but with autumn kicking in it just wasn't outdoor drinking weather any longer. Pretty lights and nice staff but not many co tail options for my liking.

Nothing special but okay was my main thought.

tastemaker

Giant Robot is the latest addition to the Street Feast family. 


I love the Street Feast concept and the combination of great street food, good music and cocktails/drinks is right up my alley. I went to Giant Robot with high expectations on a Friday night. It didn't let me down but it didn't wow me either, mostly because I expected something slightly different. It's located in Crossrail place in Canary Wharf. The location and views are great. 


What is different about Giant Robot compared to the other Street Feast markets is that it doesn't feel like a street food market. It's slightly more "preppy" and even though it has some great food options, you don't get the street food vibe here. There are good drink options and even though the food selection is not very big, you can have some delicious food here.


I choose to order a lobster roll from B.O.B.'s Lobster; it was absolutely delicious, very indulgent and full of luscious flavours. The brioche roll itself is buttered to perfection and it really is full of lobster. I have read a lot of reviews about B.O.B.'s Lobster being expensive, but I must disagree as I really got a lot of delicious lobster meat for my £16. 


My boyfriend had some steamed buns from Yum Bun, who used to be our Model Market favourites and truly missed this year. I was so glad to see that Yum Bun at Giant Robot still serve my absolutely favourite mushroom buns (portobello mushrooms, toasted walnuts, cucumber,spring onions, miso glaze)  as you can't get these at Hawker House. Once again Yum Bun didn't let down with their lovely flavours and really yummy steamed buns! 


I'm definitely going back to Giant Robot soon as I have to give both Little José (small tapas bar by José Pizzaro) and Yumplings a try! 

tastemaker

Located in Giant Robot, the street feast food market in Canary Wharf. These wings from Thunderbird are more sweet and sour than BBQ but they were meaty and decent wings. The dumplings were generous in size and ok too from Yumplings and meatballs were so-so by Little José.

Nice space they have for this food market, but there are limited options, I would have thought there would be more to choose from. Either way, I'm a fan of Crossrail Place so it's thumbs up from me.

Wheelchair access: the whole of Canary Wharf is completely accessible with automated electric doors. Staff were super friendly and more than willing to help bring the food to the table for me.

tastemaker

I came here with some friends on a Saturday afternoon and we had a good go at all the Yum Buns, which we loved! The original pork version was sweet and sticky, the fish was perfectly crispy and I loved the miso-glazed vegetarian option. We also tried the chipuffalo wings over at Thunder Bird which was so good! Needless to say, we left very full. There's only four food stalls at Giant Robot, so in terms of food choices it's quite limited but there's a good buzz and is a fun place to catch up with friends.

Tastemaker

Came here after a run in Greenwich. There were four of us so we went to four different places and brought back food from each. Jose netted us some squid rings, croquettes, and olives. The croquettes had squid ink and were fantastic. The bao place had pork belly and chicken bao. Both were delicious and tasty. From the chicken place... chicken wings! Moist, flavourful and a good bargain! And finally from the lobster place, some fried fish tacos and some tuna tacos! Needless to say, we were very full--- but very happy! Good choice with a larger group and you forgot to make a reservation. 

tastemaker

New place in canary wharf just above cross rail. I love street feast hence was really excited to try this. The atmosphere was nice and friendly and drinks were reasonably priced, staff at the bar were brilliant and fast so you wont be kept waiting for your drinks. Agree that there aren't a lot of food choices but I Love the fried chicken and fries, absolutely stunning but it's a generous portion at 8 pounds so good for sharing! Definitely give this a try if you are around canary wharf!

tastemaker

Giant Robot is a street food festival in Crossrail place. I was expecting a a few food stalls so we could order a few dishes between us and share these. Unfortunately, there wasn't that much selection with only 4 food stalls to choose from; 2 bars and a coffee stall. We had 2 buns from Yum Bun and some chowder fries from BOBs. The food was ok, some of it was quite bland.

It wasn't that busy bearing in mind it was the weekend and I can only say that might have been from the limited food selection and the location.