Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Hazev delicatessen - a fuss free meze lunch


Address: 2 South Quay Square,
Canary Wharf, London E14 9RT
Phone: 020 7515 9467
Nearest DLR station:
South Quay

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ***
Service: **
Ambience: ***
Where to eat in Canary Wharf? A question that plagued every single soul at lunchtime toiling away at the Square Mile in London's east end. It's not like the place is lack of choices, it's just not easy to find a place where you have a relaxing meal that doesn't cost a limb.

I have written about Hazev when it first opened. Its lunchtime deals were quite good deals. Since then, the portions have shrunken considerably, their prices have jacked up and the staff's service less warm. If Hazev the restaurant isn't high on my lunchtime places in Canary Wharf, Hazev the delicatessen is.

Hazev Deli that connected to the restaurant itself is the perfect place for a no fuss lunch. While it serves breakfasts, cakes and pastries, the main draw is its meze bar. From humus to yogurt, chicken salad, eggplant, olives and roasted tomatoes, there is easily more than twenty meze dishes at any one time to choose from. Try to arrive a bit before 1pm to sample the entire spread.

Three meze dishes balanced on a serving plate go for £5.25. Throw in a small portion of Turkish bread served with every sit in meal and you got yourself a decent bite that actually tastses healthy. The only bummer is that you would have to brave the weather across a short bridge across the canal. Not something that I would look forward to at this time of the year. Then again, I would take that over joining the queue for a greasy overpriced sandwich anytime.

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