Wandering through Canada Square in search of a meal, we came across Canteen. It was a cold evening and, not wanting to look any further, we took a chance and stepped inside.
Canteen is described as selling high quality British cuisine at reasonable prices. I tend to be wary when restaurants put out such statements about themselves, as if they don't quite believe that the food will speak for itself. As it was, it was the prices that lured us inside, more so than its austerity-chic decor, which didn't really do much to catch the eye. The restaurant was not particularly crowded, which was a surprise seeing as it was a Sunday.
Once inside, we were given the menu (it doubles up as a placemat) which was fairly basic but had a roast (unfortunately this was sold out on the day we visited).Canteen's website states that all the food is freshly cooked in their kitchen. I chose the free range chicken, which came accompanied by barbeque sauce and winter coleslaw. We ordered this with a side portion of chips and vegetables (a tip is to share these between two people, as they are plentiful and quite pricey). Other choices included the Canteen fish pie and macaroni cheese.
The food was fairly enjoyable; flavoursome and juicy. The vegetables were well cooked and I even enjoyed my coleslaw, which is a new thing for me as I don't generally like it as a rule. The food was not too heavy on the stomach. It wasn't the most exciting meal I've had but it was more than satisfactory. The service was slow however, which wasn't ideal for somewhere so quiet. Maybe the staff are more used to the lunch time or week night crowd. However, they were pleasant and helpful when they were around.
Canteen is a nice spot to duck into for a quick meal or a no-frills lunch and lives up to its name well. For me, Canteen is definitely worth another visit.