Plateau’s ‘Blossom City’ tasting menu comes complete with ring for romantic rendez-vous

PUBLISHED: 22:15 15 May 2016 | UPDATED: 22:33 15 May 2016

The fantastical desert on the floral tasting menu at Plateau, with the Cadenzza ring which is included with the meal

The fantastical desert on the floral tasting menu at Plateau, with the Cadenzza ring which is included with the meal


My date didn’t “pop the question” on our visit to Plateau and quite frankly it would have been a bit premature considering we’d only met three weeks earlier. But the sumptuous six course menu inspired by flowers served up in its lavish surroundings conjures up the perfect setting for a romantic meal, complete with a ring hidden in the desert should your beau feel transported on a “vague d’amour”.

The oyster and scallop starter in the floral tasting menu at PlateauThe oyster and scallop starter in the floral tasting menu at Plateau

The fourth floor restaurant above Canary Wharf’s shopping mall is running the ‘Blossom City’ tasting menu until the end of June, and each floral-inspired dish is beautifully presented with petals.

The menu kicked off with a dollop of impressively home-made creamy soft burrata, contrasting with the gorgeous soft lime colour of the velouté poured over it.

We were then served with a seared Orkney scallop with oyster and lettuce velouté, with lovage and almond - quite possibly the most beautifully presented plate I’ve ever seen in my life, bringing to mind a Renoir lake scene, and as delicious as it was attractive.

The next course of a pressed duck terrine encasing indulgent and gloriously fatty foie gras and morteau sausage, wrapped in parma ham was complemented with a sweet rhubarb, ginger and caramel sauce and the distinctive flavours of nasturtium flowers.

Plateau at Canary WharfPlateau at Canary Wharf

Continuing onwards, the veal rump on a bed of broad beans, asparagus and the mash potato that had been smoked was mirrored with a white American wine with a hint of smokiness itself, a flavour imbued by the oak barrels it was aged in.

Our palettes were then refreshed with a bitter gin jelly on a bed of tangy lemon mousse, and yet more flavoursome petals finishing off the taste sensation.

The ‘Basket of Blossom Surprises’ dessert, specially created by Plateau’s executive chef Daniel McGarey, is a fantastical piece of fairytale forest design, with a picnic basket and chequered cloth made out of chocolate filled with mousse, and tiny red and white toad stalls on a bed of mint sponge ‘grass’ - and all completely edible.

A collaboration with designer jewellery boutique Cadenzza means every desert comes with an elegant ring, made with Swarovski crystals.

The floral cocktails served with the floral tasting menu at PlateauThe floral cocktails served with the floral tasting menu at Plateau

The menu is priced at £60 per person or £85 with wine pairing, and it’s well worth the upgrade as the sommelier personally comes to explain his choice to you as you embark on every course, turning the experience into a culinary adventure.

The menu is available until June 30.

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