Sum­mer blos­som

The Wharf - - Hospitality - By Mary Tad­pole Fol­low @the­wharfnews on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book

‘‘ There’s some­thing of the flower fes­ti­val about the place with its blooms wrapped around the dome

Walk­ing onto Plateau’s pop-up ter­race, Bloom Room, is al­most like walk­ing into a coun­try gar­den.

There’s fake grass, fresh flow­ers and a small, ex­quis­ite dome with flow­ers hang­ing above a per­fect ta­ble for two inside. We are led to the ta­ble and I try and con­tain my child­ish glee at the in­evitable jeal­ousy it must be cre­at­ing in the other din­ers.

The ter­race is in part­ner­ship with Moet & Chan­don, and so Cham­pagne is brought and the stress of the work day melts while we ad­mire the view.

We choose from the spe­cialised Bloom Room menu (£50 for three cour­ses). I opt for prawn tortellini and pan-fried John Dory, and am pleased my veg­e­tar­ian com­pan­ion is well catered for with a starter of as­para­gus, quails eggs and parme­san crum­ble and a pan fried po­lenta for main.

In be­tween the de­lec­ta­ble food we en­joy the botan­i­cal set­ting. There’s a feel­ing of the vil­lage flower fes­ti­val about the place. You can all but see wicker bas­kets of freshly picked flow­ers, which would not be out of place amid the blooms wrapped round the dome.

While we would all ideally spend the en­tire sum­mer’s day out­side with un­wa­ver­ing sun­shine, the Bloom Room of­fers a sen­si­ble com­pro­mise. Its open roof al­lows visi­tors to bask in the sun but when the English sum­mer shows its true colours it can close to pro­tect din­ers from the el­e­ments with an ad­justable roof.

Bloom Room is avail­able un­til June 30. Try and book the dome, it’s amaz­ing. Go to plateau-restau­

Mary Tad­pole swims around Dock­lands on The Wharf’s be­half seek­ing the very best places out

Plateau’s pan-fried po­lenta

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