From cod tongue to Hawksmoor potted beef: An insider guide to Canary Wharf’s new conscious cuisine

Canary Wharf’s top restaurants are offering limited-edition dishes to raise awareness about how to eat more sustainably.

Love eating out but concerned about the environmental impact?

Canary Wharf’s top restaurants are offering limited-edition dishes to raise awareness about how to eat more sustainably up until August 14.

Fill your stomach whilst also feeding your mind with fresh perspectives on food waste, the carbon cost of ingredients and the importance of local sourcing.

Here are the plates we’re most excited to get our teeth into:

Pair a glass of Humble Grape wine with the team’s new tempura cod tongue – a cut that often goes to waste in the UK despite being a delicacy in Norway – served with tangy kimchi made from cauliflower leaves. Credit: Humble Grape

Humble Grape

18-20 Mackenzie Walk, London E14 4PH

A favourite with first-daters, this waterfront bar has a list of more than 400 artisan wines.

Pair a glass with its new tempura cod tongue – a cut that often goes to waste in the UK despite being a delicacy in Norway – served with tangy kimchi made from cauliflower leaves.

Caravan has created a dish using the cauliflower stem. Credit: Caravan

Caravan

Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AJ

There’s more than a whiff of Palm Springs about this all-day spot’s rattan chairs and exposed concrete ceiling and the menu is equally international.

One of its bestselling dishes is spiced cauliflower with harissa, tahini, pomegranate and curry leaves – with the oft-overlooked cauliflower stem playing a starring role.

Hawksmoor has made a potted beef stew from trimmings that would normally be discarded, soaking up all that salty gravy with a Yorkshire Pudding leftover from Sunday roasts. Credit: Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

1 Water Street, London E14 5GX

One of the newest kid’s on Canary Wharf’s block, this outpost of the popular steak group is housed in a floating pavilion made fromsustainably sourced timber decking.

Tuck into comforting potted beef stew safe in the knowledge it is made from trimmings that would normally be discarded, soaking up all that salty gravy with a Yorkshire Pudding leftover from Sunday roasts.

Staff plant a tree for every drink you order from their Tree Planter Cocktail menu. Credit: Pergola On The Wharf

Pergola On The Wharf

Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR

Nestled among the exotic flowers and ferns of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Pergola is the perfect spot for a summer tipple.

Even better, the staff plant a tree for every drink you order from their Tree Planter Cocktail menu as part of their partnership with Sapling Spirits, a small brand that utilises wheat grown on British farms using regenerative techniques.

Order a round of Sapling Sours (Sapling Vodka, Matcha, Apple, Hone, Lemon & Miracle Foamer) and enjoy a clear conscience – although no promises about a clear head the next morning.

Gaucho sources all its greens from within three miles of the restaurant. Credit: Gaucho

Gaucho

29 Westferry Circus, London E14 8RR

Its buttered lettuce is a flavoursome side and is sourced from London-based company Crate to Plate.

Not only do chefs harness techniques such as hydroponics and aeroponics to save water, their greens never travel more than three miles which means CO2 emissions from transport are low.