Bella Cosa Canary Wharf
The restaurant perches on the quayside with fabulous views and has a clean modern look with marble floors, a couple of private rooms and sexy retro 70s Venetian light fittings all adding to the effect. Executive Chef, Kentaro Torii’s states that his mission is to ‘combine fine-dining Italian cuisine with exquisite Japanese presentation’ and I am intrigued to see if he can pull either or both off.
We started with canapés including a deep-fried mini margherita pizza, a wonderful stockfish (dried cod) with squid ink blackened polenta, and burratina (chopped burrata with herbs). These were a little underwhelming.
Monte Bianco or ‘Mont Blanc in the Snow’ is one of my favourite desserts next only to sweet chestnut puree eaten straight out of the tin… with meringue ‘ice’shards over chestnut, marron glacé, chocolate and hazelnut. To accompany we drank a wonderful Passito de Pantilleria, a rich raisiny moscato from Italy’s southernmost island. As well as a serious and intriguing wine selection, the restaurant has a dedicated Artisan Beer Corner with specially trained beer sommeliers advising on food matching. The team at Bella Cosa seem really committed to the quality and individuality of their offer. In the summer the room will be lit up with light but right now it’s worth going for the food and drink.