I always enjoyed having drinks and foods at Canary Wharf, the high-rise banking buildings and the water makes me feel energetic but relaxed at the same time.
This time, I was there on a weekend night, a lot quieter and slightly boring to be honest. However, it's been a long day and I didn't mind the serenity. My friend and I just wanted to find somewhere relaxing to sit down, have a few beers, and grab some not-too-serious food. All Bar One definitely did it for us. The casual but chic environment felt clean, energetic and just simply comfortable. We started with sitting outside by the water, I got a glass of Rose and my friend had some beer. We also shared a lamb burger, and it was original and quite delicious.
We then moved inside as it got colder and each had another beer. I enjoyed the outside and inside equally. I then saw the tapas menu writing on the wall, and I am such a sucker for menu written on the wall (blackboard or glass or whatever)-- coooool~ Plus whatever was written on the menu looked like really delicious food. I definitely want to return to have some tapas.
I love it when you and your friends get together for a little celebration so when I helped with a flat move it was only right that we treated ourselves to cocktails on a sunny Sunday afternoon!
This All Bar One benefits really well from being right on the docks, so when you get a table outside and catch the afternoon sun it really adds to the atmosphere (unless you're someone who burns at the slightest hint of sunlight!).
We decided to go for all kinds of bellinis as a special treat (who doesn't love champagne with a bit of zing) and so tried the white peach, raspberry and strawberry varieties. Reasonably priced but nothing to rave about, these aperitifs did the job nicely. Those who prefer some tartness choose the raspberry, it hits you with a kick! (see photo)
After all the moving I decided to afternoon snack on a steak sandwich, which was a good portion size and juicy steak pieces, if a little bit tough. The main attraction though was my friend's selection of tapas. At 3 for £15 that seemed like a bargain to me! Chorizo in spicy italian sauce, meatballs in tomato ragu and mushrooms in gorgonzola. All delicious, the staff were really helpful in pointing out the allergy information for my friend, who is a coeliac. The mushrooms could have done with a bit more gorgonzola, but all in all very satisfactory for a Sunday afternoon
I'm not sure about All Bar One. I'd rather not set foot in one to be honest, but sometimes in Canary Wharf you really have no choice. To be honest, after working hours are over you choose the emptiest bar you can find. Even then you'll have a hard time finding a table.
But we did and it was fine. Nice enough staff, surroundings were a bit plasticy but it's All Bar One. What else did I expect. It's pretty much the place to be in you're really looking forward to catching up with someone but don't have much time and don't really care where you are.
They still put ice in my wine though. This is the second time this has happened in a week. Is anyone else having this problem?
I like their new menu that has 2 main courses for only 10 gbp. It's wonderful. They've picked some good dishes you can choose from and still not have to paid a lot.
Other dishes however tastes as good as always. Good prepared, good decorated and good served.
I love the outdoor seating at this place- right on the water front. The food is reliably good. Wait staff was very nice. We got a great deal- 3 tapas items and 1 bottle of wine for 15 P. I think it was happy hour. Calamari was very good. They made special items that were allergy friendly.
Definitely not my type of place - but if you just want a quick-ish (their service varies) cheap drink, then this might be your best and most centrally located option in Canary Wharf. To be honest, most places in the area service similar drinks, so the drink itself is not too different, it is more of how they serve, how they portray themselves (or actually, the lack of effort in doing so), that sets All Bar One apart from the rest.
Personally, this is one of my last choices - there are better places in Canary Wharf to grab a drink, whilst if you are willing to walk a bit further, there are alternatives in the same price range. Trade-off between the two if you are not fussed.
This is a good place to get together with friends after work particularly if one works in the Wharf, but at times it gets packed and can be difficult to get service. The food is average for this type of place - filling and good with alcohol, but not much more. One unique positive is the spacious outdoor seating which is great during the summer months.
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