Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Waitrose Curry Rice - Canary Wharf cheap eats

Canary+Wharf+Waitrose+Curry+Rice+London+ChowEvery weekday when the clock struck 12pm, the underground shopping arcade in Canary Wharf will suddenly be swamped with hungry souls who are determined to fill their stomach and do their shopping within a span of 60 minutes.

The contrast between the calm at 11.59am and the chaos descending upon Canary Wharf shopping arcade is almost surreal. I won't be surprised if these people have been bidding their time ever since they arrive at work in the morning.

I am now on a personal crusade to find the affordable lunch in Canary Wharf. After a bout of Nando's the other day, I was thinking of heading for Wagamama's number 76 but was dismayed at the ridiculously long queue snaking out from Wagamama. Either its turnaround time was slow or it was downright popular. Either way, I headed towards Waitrose instead.

The Wharf people know that when all else fails, there is always Waitrose. I am not talking about sandwiches here, you can go to the multitudes of Pret that can be found all over Canary Wharf for that. I am referring to Waitrose curry rice.

Not much to look at but does fill up a stomach fast

Every lunchtime, curry lovers will be heading towards Waitrose curry rice counter that is found at the rear end of the huge Canary Wharf branch. There is a choice of a meat or a vegetable curry to go with your light scented biryani rice (or you can have both curries in one serving at half portions each) at £4.95 for eating in and £4.75 for takeaway in a sealed microwave safe two compartment plastic container. Not too bad if you consider a Pret sandwich is just under £3.

As for the curry, an Indian colleague of mine told me that it's one of the better ones that he has tasted - flavourful, colourful and packed with just enough spice. Well, if that's the case, it can't be too bad, can it? It's definitely not as spicy as Nando's peri-peri sauce but I find myself sweating a bit towards the end of the meal. The chicken breast was surprisingly tender for something produced en mass and there was still some crunch left in my baby corn.

All in all, Waitrose curry rice is a good deal under a fiver. It's spicy enough yet not over the edge, a good balance between Wagamama's chicken katsu curry and Nando's peri-peri flame grilled chicken. Oh, if you're heading for a curry rice, know that Waitrose doesn't serve tap water and still water comes at £1 per 500ml bottle.

Address: 16-19 Canada Sq, London, E14 5EW
Tel: 020 7719 0300
Nearest Tube station: Canary Wharf

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £5 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: **
Service: **
Ambience: *
Suitable for: a quick, spicy, budget lunch

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