Tompkins is located within the chic Pan Peninsula development in Canary Wharf, which so happens to be the tallest residential building in the UK. Style wise, the brassieres of New York with its grand high ceilings and super plush furnishings influence the interior. Although the room is vast, it manages to have a very homely and intimate feel with an eclectic mix of mismatched furniture. You can dine outside too with lovely views of the waterside.
The clientele are a combination of residents and city workers, and you can see that the menu tries to cater for all. Burgers, steaks, pizzas and pastas feature alongside modern British, Jewish, French and Italian style food – it’s just all a bit busy, which is a theme that runs throughout our meal.
A delicious starter of sweet, plump scallops with salty ham hock, slithers of apple and watercress are superb combinations with interesting textures. If they’d held back a little on the oil it would have been perfect. My friend, Kate’s, starter of Fritto Misto was fresh and perfectly cooked – crisp light coating on the outside, yielding on the in. Good, but too much of it.
Grilled Lamb Steak is schizo, what with a hearty parmigiana, olive tapenade, jus and rocket salad it’s essentially two meals in one, but it works – rich, bold and an absolute delight of a main. Kate had the belly pork, which looked good – the only thing she left were the cherries. We shared a bowl of very decent fries and broccoli.
Pecan tart and a dark chocolate brownie finished us off. I would love to go into detail on how they were, but we were both well and truly stuffed for me to be able to give a proper account.
We did manage to waddle up to the Attic Bar after, and maybe should have burned some calories off by walking up instead of taking the lift, but fat chance – it’s on 48th floor! And actually, I don’t even think you’re allowed to. However, when you get up there breathtaking views across London await.
If you’re in the Canary Wharf area, Tompkins and the Attic Bar are definitely worth seeking out, not only for one of the best views of London, but for the not so shabby food too. Starters are from £5-£12, mains £15-£22 and desserts £6.
Food I Fancy dined as guests.
4 Pan Peninsula Square
London, E14 9HN
Tel: 020 8305 3080