T+L Reports: Brit Bites
In London these days, beans on toast (and other English classics) are as popular as Jimmy Choo handbags. Terence Conran's Plateau (Canada Place; 44-207/715-7100; dinner for two $136) in Canary Wharf caters to both high- and lowbrow palates. The retro-sleek restaurant (Eero Saarinen tables, Harry Bertoia chrome chairs) serves delicately seared scallops in pea shoot sauce, and bespoke suits can still chow down on a workaday favorite—Billingsgate fish pie—in the adjacent bar-and-grill. Across town, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, specialists in exalted watering holes (the Caprice, the Ivy), have opened Wolseley (160 Piccadilly; 44-207/499-6996; dinner for two $130) in a former car showroom spruced up with gilt Viennese-café flourishes. During the morning rush, Mayfair doyennes order breakfast kippers, Welsh rarebit, and bubble and squeak; at night, the menu embraces pub favorites from tout Europe: Wiener schnitzel, Irish stew, and Hungarian goulash. The Berkeley Hotel's Boxwood Café (Wilton Place; 44 207/235-1200; dinner for two $148) pairs a subdued brown-and-silver interior with earthy entrées (lamb's cheeks, pig's trotters) more suited to the East End than to Knightsbridge.
Glass walls overlook Canada Square Park and Canary Wharf’s towering skyscrapers at this modern French restaurant located on the fourth floor of Canada Place. A private lift opens onto the two-part restaurant, which contains a main dining room and a more casual bar and grill. The restaurant is designed with marble tables, sleek white chairs, and metallic arc floor lamps, as well as a central open kitchen. There, chef Allan Pickett and his team prepare dishes like honey-spiced duck, warm violet artichoke, and squid ink risotto. In the bar area, the menu includes more affordable British fare, such as fish-and-chips.
First designed as a luxury car showroom for the Wolseley Motors Company, this cavernous Art Deco building now houses an all-day brasserie frequented by both tourists and local celebrities. Renovated in 2003 by famed restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the Venetian-inspired interior still contains original design elements, including high vaulted ceilings, black marble columns, and grand staircases. The restaurant serves modern European fare from 7 a.m. to midnight, with options ranging from classic eggs Benedict to steak frites and Weiner schnitzel. Also popular is the traditional afternoon tea, which includes homemade fruit scones and tea served in antique teapots.