Boisdale of Canary Wharf
Great live music and excellent food are two of life’s supreme pleasures, but rarely are they celebrated together. At Boisdale of Canary Wharf you can enjoy both – an excellent steak with the Sinatra songbook, lobster with Big Joe Louis and His Blues Kings, truffles with crooner T.J. Johnson. Ever since Boisdale of Canary Wharf opened in the summer of 2011, Jools Holland – the doyen of boogie-woogie, jazz and R & B – has had his music influence on a programme of live performers which have included Manfred Mann, Georgie Fame, Ruby Turner, Cuban legend Chucho Valdes, Chris Barber, Big Boy Bloater, Reuben Richards, Acker Bilk, Buddy Greco, Stephen Triffitt, The Congo Faith Healers, Mitch Winehouse, Mud Morganfield, The Fantastics and many more.
There’s nothing that whets the appetite so much as a delicious cocktail fixed by Boisdale mixologist extraordinaire Hannah Lanfear (recently voted in top 100 in the world) and a session of retro feel-good music. The Boisdale menu boasts a stellar line-up of ingredients sourced from the magnificent natural larder of Scotland: wild Highland game, Hebridean shellfish, Loch Ryan Native oysters, Dunkeld smoked salmon, and roast Macsween’s haggis served with mash, neeps and the obligatory noggin of malt whisky. Particularly legendary among Boisdale regulars are the seven different dry aged Aberdeenshire steaks, accompanied by devilishly indulgent sauces. There is also a £19.75 two-course set menu, an extensive bar menu with a highly commended selection of outstanding Aberdeenshire burgers, not to forget the largest selection of malt whisky (the restaurant has more than 900 malt whiskies displayed along a 12-metre ‘amber wall of liquid gold’) and Cuban cigars on the planet.
Boisdale has the most comprehensive choice of handmade Cuban cigars of any restaurant in the world. Its humidors contain rare vintage cigars, with more than 110 different sizes of more than twenty different brands, all stored in perfect condition. If you want to indulge in the pleasure of smoking a handmade Cuban ‘stick’, venture out on to the awning-covered heated terrace (where upholstered armchairs and sofas are supplied with tartan blankets) and enjoy a magical view through the twinkling night lights of Canary Wharf to the Thames and central London beyond.