Boisdale

Why go here:

To try out some great quality Scottish food with live jazz in the background and for some of the best whiskey, since this happens to be the biggest whiskey bar in the whole of Europe.

What it looks like:

The restaurant is nestled right in the middle of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. You go up the elevators into the circular dining room, with ceiling to floor glass windows, lots of group tables with merry, dining bankers and with the aforementioned whiskey bar and the jazz band forming the backdrop.

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The food:

The dishes can be hit and miss. The Truffle Aberdeenshire rib-steak hamburger and the dishes from the Grill are slightly less exciting but all very well-executed. My starter of the ham hock and fois gras terrine was a bit dry and the presentation seemed to lack color and looked a bit disjointed.

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The salmon fillet in my main course was not seasoned well enough but the taste of the accompanying juicy shrimps, soft leeks and hot butter sauce definitely made up for it.

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My favourite has to be the dessert – sticky toffee pudding. It was warm, gooey and the most indulgent caramel-y toffee sauce and partnered with a scoop of home-made smooth, white clotted cream.

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Verdict:

You should go here for the steak or the burgers if you want to play it safe. Or you can try out some of the more adventurous Scottish dishes and be rest assured of the quality of the ingredients. The flavours may not always be as top notch but are usually very decent. Overall, if you’re looking to go to impress your clients and love jazz and/or whiskey, this is the place to go.

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