Having a decent local restaurant is worth a high street full of mediocre chain offerings. A fail-safe venue where you are just as happy to take your parents for a meal as you are meeting your friends for a catch-up. It should also provide a good value menu that ‘hits the spot’ as well as being comfortable and friendly. Residents of the Docklands look out – Docklands Bar & Grill is just the venue for you!
The contemporary venue is a little ‘IKEA’ in feel, but comfortable and inviting. The massive bar area serves some good quality cocktails and is also one of only a dozen or so restaurants in London to provide Prosecco on tap – and for just £4.75/glass. The restaurant also features a large outdoor area and boasts London’s largest outdoor BBQ, although I’m not sure how often they’ll get to use it!
The seasonal menu features an appealing range of traditional British and European dishes to suit all palettes, and also includes lighter sandwiches and salads. We started with a rich and smooth fois gras terrine and an intriguing sounding, but very good ceviche style sea-bass & guacamole. For mains, Dr Dodgy ordered a perfectly cooked duck, braised lentils & black grape chutney which all worked well together. My delicious fish pie featured chunks of scallop, cod and prawn and was served in a clay pot – all it was missing was a nice chunk of bread! The choice of desserts included an incredibly moorish orange cake coated in sweet chocolate and a Black Forest gateaux which tasted just as good as any I remember eating in the 80’s!
Service was smart and relaxed and prices are reasonable considering the quality and good portion sizes. If you are in the area, you couldn’t go far wrong with eating here!
Cuisine type – Modern European/British
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Beers – £3.50
Wine – £4.25
Cocktails – £8
Docklands Bar & Grill
Royal Victoria Dock
London, E16 1AL
Tel: +44 (0)207 055 2119