Founded by husband-and-wife team John and Yee Li, Dumpling Shack was inspired by John’s desire to eat his favourite dumplings from Hong Kong, particularly those served at a restaurant called Cheung Hing Kee. In the lobby of The Collective building, this Dumpling Shack follows the success of the Spitalfields original, which very quickly picked up a cult following for its signature shengjian bao. On the menu you’ll find fried chicken bowls, chicken wontons in chilli oil and spicy dan dan cheese fries. Make sure to leave room for Yee’s incredible desserts – think Hong Kong milk tea doughnuts and french toast.
At Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, dishes are served in a casual way. Inspired by the founder’s travels around the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, pasta is freshly made every morning and each shape is paired with the right sauces and fillings – don’t miss the ravioli with lamb, herbs and parmesan. More quick and tasty pasta is on offer at the Pasta Evangelists kitchen at Market Halls Cargo Canary Wharf. Just opposite the Elizabeth line, the venue has views across the canal, plus two bars and seven kitchens, including Black Bear Burger, Le Bab, BaoziInn, DF Tacos, Gopal’s Corner, Inamo Sukoshi and Chick Chick Crew. With food options left, right and centre, this is a great spot for groups.
After a series of residencies and pop-ups, Yolk put roots down in 2018 with a permanent spot on New Street Square. This July, the kitchen opened in Canary Wharf, serving all its traditional favourites such as the steak sandwich (freshly baked ciabatta with a choice of fillings like ’nduja, reuben, béarnaise, chimichurri or bang-bang ’shroom), as well as brown rice bowls and filling salads.
Another speedy option is Marugame Udon, a recent import from Japan. Specialising in handmade udon, dishes include beef mikutama (udon with beef and caramelised onions in a dashi broth with a poached onsen egg) or traditional kama age (udon with a hot soy-based dipping sauce). Then there’s Kerb on the Quay, a recently launched lunchtime market running every Wednesday and Thursday. From 11:30am to 2pm, it’s got a rotating selection of six to eight traders to choose from.