One of my first jobs was at a publishing company which was based in Canary Wharf. Back then the area was not nearly as developed as it is now. There was hardly anywhere to get a sandwich let alone an entire meal. But when I exit Canada Water station on my way to Plateau restaurant I realise the landscape in now dramatically different. There’s a steady stream of people arriving (rather than leaving) at 6pm. There’s a band setting up outside the station and several street food carts offer exciting options from Mexican to vegan. The area is positively… buzzy. Colour me surprised.
Luckily for me and my complete inability to understand Google Maps, let alone have any sense of direction, Plateau restaurant has an illuminated sign guiding me to it’s 4th floor location at Canada Place. I am here to attend a cocktail masterclass organised by Fair (more on that later) but also invited to stay for dinner.
From it’s 4th floor vantage point Plateau has a beautiful view of Canary Wharf which is glittering at night and feels very cosmopolitan. The restaurant’s modern decor, with swivel chairs arranged around round marble tables, look sophisticated yet welcoming. While most diners are clearly here post-work (and possibly entertaining clients) the atmosphere doesn’t feel corporate – which is quite a feat. A lot of credit must be given to the staff which are attentive and friendly without being obtrusive.
The extensive à la carte menu is full of tempting dishes – I definitely felt gripped with indecision when faced with so much choice. It was a little late in the evening to choose the Gourmand tasting menu (£49 for 6 courses / £69 with wine) but it would have probably been the best way to experience most of what Plateau has to offer. In the end I opted for a starter of foie gras with toasted brioche (the waiter immediately appearing to offer second slice of brioche before I had a chance to ask) while my fellow diners chose the Colchester oysters. It’s worth noting that, unlike most restaurants, Plateau also has a separate Vegetarian menu.
For the main I decided on the roast grouse with bread sauce which was absolutely delicious – juicy and very gamey served with chips that were almost to pretty to eat. For the wine lovers there’s an impressive list with many wines offered by the glass or half bottle. There’s even a separate Champagne list if you really want to push the boat out.
Would you believe me if I said I was too full by the end to order dessert? I think the choice may have blinded me again – my companion ordered the Mango (which came on a large platter filled with mango sorbet, mousse, crispy ‘cannelloni’ and white chocolate cake). I decided to order a cocktail instead – a beautifully refreshing Fair.ly Genuine (Fresh kiwis, cucumber, Fair Quinoa Vodka, kiwi syrup, fresh organic apple juice, elderflower cordial and lime juice).
I loved dining at Plateau so much I will certainly return – with an empty stomach and, quite possibly, my husband on a date night. If nothing else, I must sample the desserts and at least a couple more of the cocktails!