Dining and Drinking with Height at Bōkan
Artisanal dining meets skyline views in the heart of Canary Wharf at Bōkan, a stylishly modern restaurant, cocktail bar and terrace offering an elegantly refined yet relaxed take on fine dining.
Occupying floors 37-39 of 40 Marsh Wall (The Novotel London Canary Wharf), the Docklands-inspired interiors of this sophisticated space evokes industrial chic with quirky touches adding depth and character to the restaurant and bar. Large antique mirrors are adorned throughout the space and the use of timber and steel evoke the accents of the history of the surrounding docks.
Bōkan 37, the dining floor of the space sees the innovative cuisine of Guillaume Gillan, formerly trained by Joël Robuchon champion a curated menu of European dishes combined with the flair of British influence using UK-sourced ingredients sustainably sourced from some of the country’s finest farmers and producers.
Innovation and culinary excellence are at the core of the seasonally changing menu at Bōkan 37 which is designed to maximise the flavour of each ingredient in a move to reduce food waste. Available either à la carte or through a choice of chef’s tasting menus, the food here is done to absolute perfection and ranges from locally sourced meat, fish and vegetable based dishes.
Some seasonal favourites on the menu range from poached lobster with blueberry sauce, celery juice and fresh pasta through to one of the restaurants signature dishes, a giant scallop Josper cooked, served with a burned calcot winter black truffle and Hackney Culatello ham.
Well-thought and complementary to each course, an optional wine flight can also be added on to tasting menu options from a handpicked edit chosen by sommelier Nelson Sintrao which adds to the experience.
Cocktail-wise, Bōkan certainly doesn’t disappoint, perfect for pre or post dinner drinks (or for just drinks) two floors are dedicated to Bar 38 and Terrace 39, with both offering unrivalled views of the London’s skyline from above. With both offering an innovative mix of drinks created by some of the capital’s top bartenders and mixologists, one can take in the delights of expertly blended drinks, chilled lounge music against the sublime backdrop of the city below.
Open daily, Bōkan 37 serves dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 and is open for brunch over the weekends and reservations can be made online or by phone. Bar 38 and Terrace 39 are both open daily from 12:00 on a walk-in basis only.
Text By Jaz Grewal