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The Parlour (Bar, Restaurant)

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The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AJ
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
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The tortoise and the hare; a child’s fable of which I am particularly well versed and one that struck recollect on my way to visit The Parlour. My slumbering hare materialised as a static train and as hard as I looked, there were no lethargic tortoises bypassing my window. Inevitably, this resulted in my really rather tardy entrance. National rail: reliable unreliability.

Seething at the inadequacy of our great rail service, I emerged from Canary Wharf station, eye twitching with rage, and started off to find my point B. Granted, the eye spasms would have hindered in locating my destination but I imagine even a homing pigeon aided with an intricate map may have struggled. You’d be well advised to pack a GPS or a well trained girl scout armed with a compass.

Once located, I passed the outside seating area lined with bare autumnal trees dressed up in fairy lights to preserve their naked dignity, then stepped through the glassy entrance. I was instantly slapped in the face by atmosphere. The good kind; an air matter filled with excitement and buzz, not polluted with stuffiness or exclusivity.

This being Canary Wharf, the crowd was mostly suits, relaxed after crunching numbers or doing whatever it is they actually do. Imposing on the man pack were gaggles of women, clucking about all things bird related and preening their feathers whenever a likely suitor surfaced. Both parties were creating a lot of noise but not in a fingernail to blackboard manner; it was soothing. The eye seizure ceased.

Once seated, our waiter left us and went to fetch the well-needed guilt-free drink (they serve a selection of cocktails under 100 calories), and I became astutely aware of the light electronica that was blasting (not a hyperbole, it was loud) from the speakers. The Parlour is definitely a place for socialising with chums, not wooing a romantic date. Unless your date is conversationally challenged and then the intrusive music may come as welcomed relief.

The menu offered ample choice; from sharing platters to British classics, a large A3 sheet displayed tempting dishes at tempting prices (a burger for £7.95 at a Canary Wharf restaurant? McDonalds is barely cheaper). Too indecisive – I was unaided by my loyal magic 8 ball - we asked our very attentive waiter to make the decision for us. A selection of starters soon appeared, including a delectable Gambas dish; prawns covered in chilli and lime, which I greedily scoffed, insisting to my companion that I would ‘take one for the team’ and selflessly suffer the devouring of a dish that was sure to offend his taste buds. If it wasn’t for my nose growing in a Pinocchio fashion he would be none the wiser.

Breaking between courses I excused myself to the little ladies room, a pretext to do a tad of snooping around the rest of the venue. The Parlour is certainly unique; it’s akin to a warehouse with all its exposed vents and beams and steel caged pillars covered in rendering. The high ceiling and open kitchen give the space an impressive feeling whilst white bars, which omit the impression of a Las Vegas zoo, section areas off.

As unique as the building is, the decor is more so. A chandelier is made into a focal feature; it’s not crystals that drip from the graded levels but an assortment of kitchen utensils. Spatulas rub shoulders with whisks which invade the personal space of spoons. Trippy. Low hanging, sterile white lights hang from twisted springs and inflections of neon trimmings suggest a fun Japanese canteen. To intake the surroundings that even Lewis Carroll would struggle to imagine, you can sit and swing on one of the hanging wicker cocoon seats or, if you’re just passing, you can press a breathy face against the floor to ceiling glass windows that envelop the restaurant.

Lady (and detective) business done it was time for the main course. Chicken + mushroom stuffing + pancetta = an equation for belly happiness. Knowing that The Parlour sources all its produce from local business only enhanced my enjoyment of the food that was quickly disappearing from my plate; I was doing my part to help local butchers and I could practically taste the good deed.

Dessert was the best presentation: a traditional apple crumble tarted up with apple crisps, all perched on a wooden board; plus, a chocolate brownie accompanied by raspberries and vanilla ice cream. I’m salivating even now as I write.

The Parlour is a sense-prodding spot that jabs you right in the ribs; it’s the perfect location for after work drinks or a bite to eat. With a noise level that would wake even your hearing-impaired Gran, lost is the juicy gossip shared between girlfriends as well as the hush hush stock tips that city boys keep close to their chests, so if eavesdropping is your pastime, dine elsewhere.
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Average (based on 1 votes): 1 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I work near The Parlour and so often pop in for after work drinks and a bite. The place is always buzzing and they serve a great selection of drinks, I love their skinny cocktails so tasty and so low cal! The food is okay, it’s nice but not your top restaurant stuff but more than satisfying. If you’re in the area you can’t go wrong with The Parlour!”
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Sophia Tadross, London (8 years 7 months 13 days ago)

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"Hi guys, I come here with my friends and have very good time. I like your place very much and is very good times. I come back when I can soon. Thank you very much." Which venue is this?

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"Dreadful pub, run by people who have zero idea about hospitality or running a pub. Upon arrival we sat in the back garden that only had one other table occupied , when we tried to order off the lunch menu..." Which venue is this?

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