Keep your finger on the pulse with this selection of fresh tastes in and within striking distance of Canary Wharf.

1. Fuse cultures at Bella Cosa

Recently opened by Japanese chef Kentaro Torii, this restaurant serves contemporary Italian food overlooking West India South Dock from Marsh Wall. Its a la carte menu includes the likes of grilled octopus, sea carpaccio, five-cheese ravioli, grilled Chianina beef and grilled turbot.

12pm-11pm Monday-Sunday, Open now, various prices, Bella Cosa

Chipboard of the same old places? Try The Tasting Room in Canary Wharf

2. Sample dishes at The Tasting Room

The food and drink adjunct to Ice Rink Canary Wharf, top of this pop-up’s menu are (appropriately) sliders – one for £5 or three for £12.50. All the usual alcoholic drinks will also be available (better post-rink) as well as mulled wine and jam jar cocktails (£6.50). The hot offer though is two Aperol Spritz cocktails for £10 from 6pm to 7pm (normally £8.50 each).

Various times, October 31-February 27, various prices, Ice Rink Canary Wharf

The recently opened Burger And Lobster near the Old Bailey

3. Catch and munch at Burger And Lobster

The turf and surf chain recently opened a 15th branch opposite the Old Bailey ; perfect for Canary Wharf workers who like to penetrate the City via DLR and central line. Decorated with sails, lobster pots and tanks filled with claw-wielding crustaceans, it serves lobster rolls and burgers (unsurprisingly) to a frighteningly chic crowd of legal folk.

Various times, Open now, various prices, Burger And Lobster

A wintry table at Lodge d'Argent

4. Ski (not really) at Lodge d’Argent

Coq d’Argent’s pastiche of an Alpine ski lodge (or something) makes a return from Wednesday, November 18, until nearly the end of February. Designed by AM Creative, the terrace space at Coq d’Argent in the City will feature twinkling lights, wintry ferns and Christmas trees as well as a special menu from head chef Damien Rigollet. Expect black truffle tartifflette, chestnut macarons and bitter chocolate fondant as well as specially created cocktails served from a cosy chalet.

Various times, November 18-February 28, various prices, Coq d’Argent

A picture of Picture’s Julian Pickersgill who will cook on November 7

5. Have a nibble of the Chefs Of Tomorrow at Druid Street Market

This series of Saturday pop-ups, starting on November 7 , promises to provide “some good old community spirit” alongside food created by chefs from the likes of Fera, Petersham Nurseries, Silo and Fera.

First on the bill will be Picture’s Julian Pickersgill cooking fish on chip, pickled pink fir apple potato, burnt cod and mushy peas. L’Escargot’s Laurent Baratki will also cook at the initial pop-up.

10am-4pm, November 7-December 5, various prices, Druid Street Market

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