Last time we ate at Canary Wharf, a bloody great big boat was moored right in front of the restaurant, much to the chagrin of the Goodman's management. Well that boat has gone now... to be replaced by an even bigger boat, a floating 5 star hotel. But instead of lamenting this turn of events, the boat show that is now South Quay at Canary Wharf is in fact another reason to visit if you have even a passing interest in mega-yachts, for there is something truly spectacular on display.
Yes, we will come on to food eventually but part of the fun of Goodman CW is to sit outside and watch the world go by and, with the Olympics in town, so are the world's wealthiest people. Accordingly, billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has his 414 feet yacht 'Octopus' parked up here and it is quite the spectacle. It's the world's 12th largest yacht and the 5th largest owned by an individual. It has two helicopters, two submarines, seven tenders, a basketball court and a swimming pool. If you're interested in owning one, the price tag is a cool $200million.
If your budget doesn't quite stretch to that but for an hour or two you want to eat like a king, you can become Paul Allen's neighbour by pulling up a table at Goodman. Everyone knows the Goodman offering by now but there's a few new things at Canary Wharf so we thought we'd check them out.
On the starters, there is now soft Shell Crab with Lime Japanese Mayonnaise on the menu which was excellent and is not available at the other Goodman outlets. There's also Burrata, Chorizo, Crsipy Olive Bread with Vine Cherry Tomatoes which is in many ways a perfect summer starter with great flavours in all ingredients but especially a lovely sweet acidity delivered by the tomatoes.
On the beef front, Goodman are trialling the Delmonico steak (US corn fed), which is a close cut to the ribeye. Given the huge amount of fat running through the Delmonico, it is very much a guilty pleasure. We also tried the new side of Oven Roasted White Onions which came in a significant quantity (order no more than one for the table) and offered up a delicious caramelised sweetness. And of course we couldn't resist some beef from the home shores, our perennial favourite, Belted Galloway from the Cumbria region.
Canary Wharf (in every sense) knows it's not Mayfair, but it does offer lots that Mayfair doesn't. With the sun finally shining, it offers the chance to sit outside, watch passers by, and gawp at Paul Allen's mega-yacht. Mayfair or Canary Wharf however, the food is always the same: simply fantastic.
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