Blacklock Canary Wharf | London’s Best Chops Are Getting A Fifth Location
When you’re after a meal that’s purely about high-quality meat…
…Blacklock is always a safe option.
The restaurant’s burgeoning presence across the capital can be summed up in one juicy word: chops. And come spring, Canary Wharf will be getting in on the action, as the Blacklock team are set to expand into the neighbourhood of tall glass buildings with their fifth location, Blacklock Canary Wharf, which will slot into the current lineup of Blacklock Soho (the original), Blacklock City, Blacklock Shoreditch and Blacklock Covent Garden.
The idea behind Blacklock is nothing overly complicated (meat at its finest should be a simple thing); they’re traditional British chophouses that specialise in… ‘door-stop-thick’ chops. You choose the size first; skinny or big, next the type of meat; beef, lamb or pork (or the three together, piled up high on flatbread, on the ‘all in’ platter) and the chefs handle the rest, plopping your cut onto a charcoal grill, flattening and then scorching it with a 200-year-old clothes iron.
While the chops are rightly revered and the headline act, Blacklock aren’t half bad at steak either. In fact, we’d say they’re also some the best steakhouses in London – whether you prefer your steak (dry-aged for 55 days) on its lonesome, bolstered by all the sides (beef dripping chips, 10-hour ash-roasted sweet potato) or between two slices of toasted ciabatta (the steak sarnie makes for a legendary London lunch, featuring slices of tender hanger steak supplemented with watercress, mustard and bone marrow).
Thankfully, these will all be available at Blacklock Canary Wharf, as well as the return of the white chocolate cheesecake (if you know, you know). In terms of the newness, the team promises bar snacks (pig’s head nuggets and lamb scratchings are rumoured), some new main dishes, and the cocktail trolleys that wheel around Old Fashioneds and other signatures will depart from a 10-metre-long bar. And if you’re wondering how a chophouse that originated in an old Soho strip club is going to adjust to one of London’s sleekest neighbourhoods, fear not: they’ve secured a roomy warehouse under the railway tracks by the North Dock, about a five minute walk from fellow steak titans Hawksmoor Wood Wharf. There’ll be space for 120 covers in there, and they’ll have an outside terrace too.
In summer, that’ll be key…
NOTE: Blacklock Canary Wharf is expected to open in the spring 2023. We’ll be back with a detailed report once they do, but for now, you can check their website or follow their Instagram for updates.
Blacklock Canary Wharf | 5 Frobisher Passage, London, E14 4PA
As for what else to eat in the area… Take a look at our guide to the best restaurants in Canary Wharf.
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