Restaurant Review: Canteen

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 This is a bit of a restaurant-heavy month for me, mainly because I met up with friends and family quite a bit and whenever that happens we normally end up going somewhere to get food, and also because we have a bit of a tendency to try new places - certainly new to me anyway. Today's post, however, is a holdover from last month that I didn't get around to, when I met up with some friends over the Bank Holiday and we went to Canteen, which does modern British cooking.

There are quite a few branches of Canteen dotted around London, but we went to the one on the South Bank, out the back of the Royal Festival Hall. As it was a lovely evening we sat outside at a long table with low-backed chairs, which did give it a very school dining hall feel (well it is called Canteen I suppose) in a minimalist trendy way, and watched the world go by. It was busy but the service was quick and the staff were lovely and friendly.

I had the pie of the day (when I went it was pork with mustard and cider) with wilted greens, mash potato and gravy, and it was delicious. Good sized pie - and a proper pie at that, with sides and everything! - really well cooked pastry, and lots of filling. Lovely creamy mashed potato and tasty gravy too. For dessert I went for the mini sugared doughnuts, which were really tasty and came with the most delicious dark chocolate sauce I've ever had - rich and just a little bit bitter, which is always what I like in a chocolate sauce.

The only real criticism I have is the price - at £12.50 for a relatively small portion of pie and £5.50 for five mini doughnuts, it seems like quite a lot for what's pitching itself as a casual restaurant. However all the meals are homemade from scratch and the produce is all locally sourced, sustainable and free range, so I suppose a lot of the money is going on that. And if it consistently tastes this good, I'll definitely be coming back.

Have you been to Canteen? What did you think of it? And where are your favourite places to go for a quick and affordable dinner in your town or city? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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