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Four Seasons Hotel, Canary Wharf, Westferry Circus, London E14.
Phone Number: 020 7510 1857
It seems itâs a challenge to recreate the experience of real Italian dining in the UK. I am always on the look out for a restaurant that can produce the mouth-watering freshness of real Italian cooking.
At Quadrato, chef Marco Bax has done a fine job of importing his native, northern Italian cooking to the Four Seasons Hotel in the concrete high-rise jungle of Canary Wharf.
The immediate impression inside the hotel lobby is of a light, spacious and yet warm space. Your first stop should be the hotel bar, secluded in an oasis of tropical foliage. It is more vibrant and entertaining than your average hotel bar: in the summer, tables spill out onto the terrace.
The restaurant itself is quiet, intimate and discreet, and typical patrons are the bankers, lawyers and corporate entertainers of London's new financial centre. Service is faultless and the staff welcoming, while the chef and his team can be seen working away in the kitchen, separated from the dinning room by glass walls.
Marco Bax is from Alba in Northern Italy and although this is the region of focus for the menu, you will also find a range of dishes from all around Italy. Pasta, Fish and seafood are the strengths of this kitchen but the menu is varied and caters for a wide range of tastes. There is also a long list of Italian wines on offer, plus a small selection from international producers.
For your first course, you can choose from a wide range of salads, soups, pasta and risotto, many of which can also be taken as a main course. My roasted tiger prawns and squid with celery salad, lime hummus, and yoghurt dressing (Â£12) were succulent and flavoursome, and the squid tender and well cooked. Prices for antipasti range from Â£7 to Â£12. And the soups and pasta dishes range in price from Â£7.50 to Â£9.50 but add a two or three pounds for larger portions.
For the main course, there is a range of fish and meat dishes including sea bass, suckling pig, wild pheasant, and venison. I chose oven-baked rump of lamb, which was simply presented with horseradish, garden vegetables and rosemary (Â£16).
If you are fan of Italian cheeses, go for the risotto mantecato with radicchio and Dolcelatte (Â£12.50). Mantecato means creamy, and this perfectly cooked risotto, perfumed by the blue cheese, certainly was.
Usually one of the big disappointments of Italian cuisine is desert, but this certainly wasn't the case at Quadrato. The Tiramisu (Â£7.50) was more creamy than alcoholic, beautifully presented with a mini pool of chocolate sauce â simply delicious. Also on offer is a wide range of home made ice cream and refreshing sorbet.