Fine Mediterranean food at The Old Fire Station
Nestling modestly in the shade of Canary Wharf, the tranquil environs of Millwall Park may not seem like a culinary hotspot, but this historic part of London's Docklands is just a stone's throw from one of the capital's unsung delights.
The red exterior of The Old Fire Station heralds its heritage as what was Millwall Fire Station and is today an innovative restaurant with a distinct identity. The menu takes us on an odyssey of Turkish, Greek, and Italian cuisine that also caters superbly for vegetarian and pescetarian diets.
Traditional Mediterranean starters such as cacik (yogurt with cucumber, fresh mint and garlic) offset unusual dishes including the chicken, apple and celery salad, whilst the tagliatelle with baby spinach and Stilton cream brings together Italian and British flavours.
Meat-eaters will be pleased with substantial mains including grilled spicy lamb kofte on skewer served with basmati rice and black eyed beans salad, or the kleftiko (braised lamb shank with carrots and potatoes).
Old Word and New World wines, together with some wonderful Turkish wines, sit seamlessly side-by-side on a wine list that would grace many of London's leading restaurants.
The cocktail list takes in all the classics, from the Bloody Mary to the strawberry daiquiri. As you may expect from a restaurant so steeped in the Mediterranean mood, there is also raki on offer, whilst the coffee is strong and flavoursome.
And with one of London's most airy parks nearby, not to mention the scenic riverside path just a short stroll away, you can be forgiven for indulging in this fine fare to your heart's content.
The Old Fire Station, 463 Westferry Road, London E14 3AN