Wimbledon fever has spread across London as Canary Wharf’s Plateau restaurant launched its tennis-inspired cocktail and pudding menu.
Selected to cater to the crowds watching tennis on the big screen in Canada Square park at their downstairs pop up bar, the menu aims to bring the spirit of the tournament to their clients’ tastebuds.
The signature pudding, Game, Set and Parfait, is a delectable mix of coconut parfait encased in solid white chocolate, served over a grassy bed of pistachios adorned with strawberries and black bean meringue.
“We did a BAFTA theme for The Theory of Everything and this time we were in our comfort zone and our imagination ran a bit wild,” said head chef Daniel McGarey.
“We thought the tennis ball is the most fitting symbol.”
The pudding, selling for £10, is proving a success, with the restaurant making more than 20 a day.
Chef McGarey said: “It helps that we have a pop up bar downstairs, it is the most popular bar in Canary Wharf at the moment.”
The cocktails are designed to bring the colours of Wimbledon into the bar, with green mint emblematic of the All England Tennis Club’s hallowed grass.
Murray’s Gin Fizz, named after the nation’s champion, is a delightful mix of strawberries, gin, double cream, lemon, sugar and soda.
Using the pisco sour for inspiration, the Wimbledon Sour shakes up lemon, lime, egg white, fresh raspberries, and thyme infused syrup served up in an ice cold Martini glass.
Rounding up this grand slam menu is the Gallic Lillet Vivre, a mint, cucumber, egg white and fresh berry fortified wine.
Its white foam is symbolic of the tournament’s all-white dress code, creating an aesthetically fresh twist to the classic Pimm’s cocktail.
“It is really important that you like the look of the drink in front of you and you also like the taste,” said mixologist Felix Bein.
“The bar is like a living room and a stage for us to entertain the people. We don’t have customers – we just have friends in the bar.”
While the Wimbledon theme is set to become an annual fixture, plans are in place for a Star Wars take over this Halloween.