Five things you need for a great Burns Night - and where to get them in east London

By Rob Virtue on January 25, 2014 1:22 AM |

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FOOD

Burns Night arrives on Saturday so we've made it easy for you to get into the spirit of things with our five Scottish essentials.

Porridge: This Scottish dish is the perfect way to start the day or, as some may say, end it.

Head to Leon in Canary Wharf for your warming fix, including Porridge Of The Gods, which includes banana, chocolate flakes and honey - the not-so traditional Scottish twist on the breakfast.

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If you'd rather make your own, support Newham sugar firm Tate & Lyle and buy some Lyle's Golden Syrup to add to it.

Smoked salmon: Pick up this smoked Scottish delicacy at Forman's in Hackney Wick and you will not be disappointed.

The company will be 100 years old in 2015 and distributes its goods to London's top restaurants.

Smoked salmon can be found in a host of venues around Canary Wharf but if you fancy it for breakfast head back to Leon or settle down at the Four Seasons in Westferry and eat it with scrambled eggs.

Haggis: Of course this is a key dish. And top of the places which serve it is Boisdale Of Canary Wharf, which has just introduced a Union Haggis to its menu, incorporating ingredients from across the UK. Unfortunately it's fully booked on Burns Night, so, if you're intent on celebrating on the day, head to either One Canada Square in the Wharf, or The Gun on the east of the Isle of Dogs for menus which include haggis.

Steak: There's a plethora of steak restaurants in Canary Wharf but they tend to stick to their regions.

For example Gaucho is quintessentially Argentinian and the Manhattan restaurant at the Marriott West India Quay favours cuts from Kansas.

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But if you can't get a table at Boisdale on Burns Night then head over to Goodman's Steak House on South Quay for their delicious Scottish grass fed fillets.

Whisky: Boisdale's whisky bar is impossible to beat but there's also a great selection at One Canada Square.

Or if a wee dram isn't quite enough then check out the bottles at Waitrose in Canary Wharf's Canada Place.

There you can get anything from your Bell's to your single malts, direct from the Highlands.

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