Hotels aren’t my usual favourite haunt for restaurants, especially when you consider that Manhattan Grill is located in the Marriott Canary Wharf, more well known for business dealings than it is for its food. But that is changing and Canary Wharf now boasts a significant number of pretty swish restaurants and well when it’s good steak on offer, I can make an exception.
Living as we do in East London, it’s an easy enough jaunt to head over, take advantage of the empty shopping centres to do one’s shopping and free parking on the weekends. Eating out spots tend not to feature so heavily on this weekend agenda so when offered a voucher from the wonderful folk at Zomato to review Manhattan Grill, it was no tough decision to say yes. There is quite the hotel-like serious atmosphere in the restaurant, hushed with tinkling muted music in the background and lounge-like seatings.
When it’s steak you’re after, only a glass of the silkiest red will do and we opt for one to wash it all down. To start, I’ve opted for scallops, a little overpowered with the crispy chorizo and pea puree but still beautifully and perfectly cooked. My dinner date opts for the crab cake which she loves as it’s still refreshingly light but filling.
She definitely lucks out on the steak front, se’s opted for a t-bone, which is moist and flavourful and far more superior to my fillet which while very thick is a little too much on the dry side without even flavour to compensate. A side of chips and some creamy spinach rounds off the meal and by the time we’re finished, there isn’t any room to spare at all!
But what is a steak dinner without some dessert and an order of the double chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream is in store. This is rich and gooey and definitely one to share as it’s a whopper!
All in all, it’s a great choice for a hefty meal out with colleagues. It’s on the pricey side given the hotel lobby location so one to try when you’re on expenses!
Manhattan Grill can be found at the London Marriott, West India Quay, 22 Hertsmere Road, London E14 4ED. It’s a short walk from either Canary Wharf tube station or West India Quay DLR station.
Disclosure: I was given a voucher from Zomato to come and trial this place, but as always, opinions are my own.