When? This modern three-storey building became home to new restaurant Craft London in April this year. It was opened in partnership with acclaimed chef Stevie Parle and famed interior designer Tom Dixon. We visited for dinner. There’s a cafe and shop on the ground floor, the restaurant on the secound and the cocktail bar on the third floor.
What we ate? The modern British menu is very creative – so many new flavours and taste combinations, so much temptation! We tried the scallops with mussel and clam porridge; a kind of seafood and grain risotto, so delicious! Then the Ross chicken with bone broth, dumplings, pickles and kombucha egg – this dish is becoming a bit of social media sensation and I can see why; the pickles and both are divine together. The roasted squash with puffed grains and goats’ curd is simple but delicious. We skipped dessert in favour of three tinctures, or liqueurs, which really pack a punch. A great way to end a meal.
Food envy? The chocolate coffee raw cream from the dessert menu looked pretty special from the next table.
What’s it like inside? The restaurant is an experience from every angle. The design is spectacularly stylish. You’ll really feel like it’s a treat to even visit the bar, which has incredible views over Canary Wharf and the City of London.
Any gossip? We were lucky enough to meet the man behind the menu, Stevie Parle. He is utterly charming and showed us around the whole place. We’d almost left without a drink in the roof top bar! It’s a very exciting project for Stevie and his team. The menu is focused on produce and production so everything, where possible, is locally sourced or made on site; there’s a kitchen garden just beside the building, a meat curing room, fermenting cellar and coffee roaster. This follows through to the design; the building has been made using local crafter and materials. And we did ask – he is there doing shifts in the kitchen!
You’ll like it here if you like… Locally sourced British fare with a modern twist, and a meal with a view. The sunset is stunning from the restaurant.
Starters from £4 main courses from £18. Desserts from £7.