Set within the stunning Pan Peninsula development in Canary Wharf, Tompkins bases itself on the great steak houses and brasseries of New York. The stylish restaurant and bar has the largest waterside dining and drinking space in East London, so I was more than looking forward to spending a summer evening testing the water at Tompkins.
As soon as I stepped out of South Quay DLR station, I could already see an excited crowd supping enjoying an evening al fresco. Enter Tompkins, and you will immediately notice that the venue is divided into four areas: a main bar, lounge, restaurant and mezzanine bar - a versatile eatery, let your mood dictate where you choose to dine.
The interior gives off a homely yet sophisticated vibe. The photographs hung upon the walls offer a familiar comforting environment, whilst the bronze-fronted bar, chandeliers and leather sofas ooze a London sophistication; a cool reminder that you’re in a Canary Wharf restaurant bar.
The Atmosphere & Clientele
Tompkins tends to attract a diverse crowd of City workers, families and local residents, keen to grab a quiet dinner or a quick drink at the bar. I went on the evening of the World Cup opening and the Brazil v Croatia match, so the crowd was a little different to say the least! Groups of World Cup enthusiasts had come to watch the game on the projector screen and bask in the good weather on the outdoor terrace; the atmosphere was infectious and the anticipation of the first match was building.
The Food & Drink
The food at Tompkins was simply delicious. To begin, I enjoyed a Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza Bread, the ideal pre-dinner nibble before digging into a Lamb Burger main. The succulent lamb was cooked to perfection, and paired with a generous offering of chips. To wash it all down, I supped away on a Pornstar Martini - satisfyingly sweet, this was the perfect cocktail to complement to my meal.
An amazing venue for dinner or drinks, Tompkins offers fine food, an extensive drinks list and stunning views. Great for a date night, after work drinks or an evening of relaxation, Tompkins is one of the hottest spots in Canary Wharf.