There is a new summer menu to try at Rocket in Canary Wharf and, with the Brexit bells tolling in the background, I’m hoping it’ll be enough to blast away the blues.
Even though the grass outside the restaurant is fake, its bounciness underfoot signals the start of an evening fit to lift the heaviest of spirits.
The venue’s upstairs terrace and window seats offer spectacular views of The O2 between gleaming skyscrapers and its decor really is like no other on the estate.
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There’s a magical leafy alcove and replica antique paintings of lords and ladies who smiles down wryly to reassure us “this too shall pass”.
And it’s hard to feel anything but cheery when dishes selected from Rocket’s new summer menu start to arrive.
Each one glistens with bright colours and tropical fruits.
There’s pouting pink grapefruit in the seasonal smoked mackerel salad (£6.50), an outrageous orange chilli salsa with the lamb kofta (£7) – the dish of the night, bursting with flavour – and ruby red pomegranate seeds dotted across my main – Harissa lamb, zucchini and sweet potato skewers (£17.80).
While the meat in the latter is tasty and tender it’s not as flavoursome as the kofta and the sweet potato chunks on the, admittedly generous, skewers are too soft for my liking,
Rocket doesn’t stint on size and its rare beef and chip salad (£18) is so weighty in protein in carbs that worries about the housing market and political turmoil seem very far away. The black bean dressing is a nice touch too.
Dessert arrives in the form of a chocolate brownie so fluffy it melts on my tongue.
Rocket’s new dishes capture all that summer should be – fun, colourful and filled with good cheer. Just what’s needed to blow the Brexit blues away.
Show Rocket staff your brolly Monday-Friday after 5pm before the end of August and you’ll be offered two for one on all pizzas as part of its Great British Summer promotion. The cheapest is free.