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OK people, not going to write much. Just showing all the trucks at Truck Stop and a couple of nosh pics I remembered to take before stuffing my face!

Enjoy!

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The crowd, all well behaved.

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Vanduke, brother truck of Naamyaa Cafe

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Engine, serving hotdogs.

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Yum Buns, we actually had 2 yum buns, a chicken and a pork but Junk forgot to take a picture. £3.50 each or 2 for £6. Highly recommended.

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Baba G, Indian food. I was tempted by the Bhaji Box which at £4 is a good option for sharing.

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Healthy Yummies, they were selling pan fried scallops in the shell. A colleague of mine tried it and she said it was good. Long queues though, be warned!

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Spit and Roast, the Tweet got the Poutin here. For £3.50, you get a big tray of fries topped with cheese curd and rich, full of umami roast chicken gravy. We were not expecting the gravy to be filled with shredded chicken, good thing though! The Tweet wolfed the whole tray down in a couple of minutes. Spudcaterian!

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Cheeky Italian, I think they were serving arancini balls and calzone.

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Gurmetti – Italian pork burgers

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That’s Bleeker St Burger! They won the Young and Foodish burger bash but I didn’t feel like burger today.

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Mama’s Jerk Station – Pretty self explanatory.

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Bell & Brisket – Salt Beef Bagel

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I got this from Mother Clucker. Wanted whole pieces of chook but apparently it takes to long to cook. So settled for cup of cluck. Nice!

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Anna Mae’s – Mac & Cheese. I was truly tempted but the stomach protest

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The bar! The booze!

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Original Fry Up – Typical fry up, All Day Breakfast

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Daisy Green – Frozen Yogurt

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Shawarma Shack – Kebabs

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Fishdog – Coley fish fingers

Anyway, time to get sloshed, over and out!

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Truck Stop
Somewhere in Canary Wharf
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Meatball Rice Box – Leon, Bankside

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Got off my lazy butt and took a walk to continue my forage for lunch. Headed out to the Bankside development again to give Leon a try.

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I have came across Leon quite a few times during my other gigs in Canary Wharf as well as in the Fleet Street area. Never thought to give it a try though they have quite an interesting breakfast menu. Was told by others that the food is good but portions are a bit small for the money.

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The format is basically a few savoury options where you can have with rice, as part of a salad or in a wrap. There is also a fridge area where you can pick up drinks and pre made salad if you are in a rush. The decor and seating looks pretty cosy I have to say.

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Been awhile since I had rice and I have always favoured brown rice. So it’s the Meatball Rice Box for me today. At £6.30, it’s slightly on the steep side.

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In all, I counted 6 meatballs and I really enjoyed them. Slightly on the lean side but they are nice and moist. The rich, tart and tangy tomato sauce goes very well with the brown rice and the yoghurt dressing gives a nice creamy touch. The coleslaw combined very well with the meatball, sauce and brown rice. It’s crunchy, slightly sweet and the ample mint and parsley was very refreshing. Perfect companion to the rich tomato sauce.

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Enjoyed this lunch, the portion was just right but could be slightly cheaper.

Leon
7 Canvey Street
The Blue Fin Building
London SE1 9AN

Falafel Pita – Organic Chickpeas, Canary Wharf

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Another one of those places I’ve been putting aside which needs to be blogged while I’m still in my current gig. Organic Chickpeas is a falafel stall located with a few other stalls at the Reuters Plaza in Canary Wharf. You will see the stalls on the right when you exit from the Canary Wharf tube station. The other stalls sells hot dogs, Indian street food and grill meat with salad.

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It was really cold today and it took enormous willpower on my part to make the trek from my office block to the stall. Look at how the salad bar got fogged up! I have had the falafel pita from here before so at least I know my efforts will be worth it.

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You can chose to have your falafel either as a salad bowl or in a pita bread and you can choose from white or brown pita. If falafel is not your thing, you can just settle for a bigger portion of hummus once again in pita or as a salad. Next you choose from the range of salad available but I just went with everything and got a combination of the chili and garlic sauce. The chili sauce can be quite hot so watch out. £4.75 for the falafel pita, quite cheap by Canary Wharf standard.

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In all, I counted about 6 crunchy and warm falafels in the pita bread. Each falafel was as big as a golf ball and were well seasoned and not dry at all. The salad available ranges from cucumber, tomatoes, pickled red cabbage, onions and some others I forgot to note. All very fresh and matches perfectly with the chili and garlic sauce. In all, a very filling but well earned meal.

Organic Chickpeas
Reuters Plaza
Canary Wharf
London E14
0207 516 9091

Hot Dog with topping – Bene Bene, Canary Wharf

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Was in a bit of a rush for lunch last Friday as the Canary Wharf office had a team event in the afternoon which I was involved in. Had to leave the office by 1300hrs and I only managed to free up some time to grab lunch at 1215hrs. Has been awhile since I had a hot dog so thought I give Bene Bene’s version a try.

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As you can see from the poster, you can have a hot dog as is for £3.50 or chose from up to 3 toppings for £4.50. Was not too sure which toppings to go for but finally ended up with jalapeno pepper, bolognese sauce and cheddar cheese. Added a side of coleslaw to complete the meal.

I think the serving staff is still trying to get to grips with the ordering process for the hot dogs. You give your order to the cashier which in turn repeats the order to a server just behind the counter. The problem is it can be quite hard remembering the topping combination especially when you have a few consecutive orders with slightly differing toppings. The poor server was literally shouted at by the cashier who has to repeat herself a couple of times for the order to sink in.

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Have to say I’m impressed by the size of the hot dog. Would say the girth of the sausage is close to a 50p coin which is pretty impressive. The sausage skin has the telltale snap of a good frank and the filling was rich, juicy and uniform in texture like a proper frankfurter. As for the topping, nothing much to wow about but it did the trick. Had to melt the cheese in a microwave oven when I got back to the office which was a shame.

I would definitely have the hot dog again but perhaps with some different toppings the next time.

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Bene Bene
Canada Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 5AH
0207 515 0205

Roast Duck Potsu Udon – Itsu, Canary Wharf

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Interesting that it took me so long to blog about Itsu as it is one of my favourite High Street takeaway chains. It’s not like the shop is not accessible to me with 4 outlets in Canary Wharf and 1 near Liverpool Street station. There was once when the Vegetable Gyoza udon was one of my favourite lunches. Things fall out of favour I guess.

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Anyway, being a damp and miserable day, I decided to pay Itsu a much needed visit. I went to the outlet at Cabot Place as it is the closest to me. It is quite a big setup with loads of seats available. The other outlet in Canary Wharf with seating is located at Jubilee Place while the other 2 dotted along Canada Square are pure takeaway outlets. As usual, you can chose amongst the sushi and bento boxes or you can order something hot from the counter. I broke the bank and went for the most expensive option of Roast Duck Potsu Udon at £6.49. Ok, I’m exagerating but £6.49 for a pot of noodles is not to be sniffed at.

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The sauce you can see on top is hoisin sauce which is quite typically served with duck, especially the crispy duck wraps from all the Chinese takeaway joints. Since it’s roast duck, was expecting some duck skin but none was found. Guess it goes with Itsu’s philosophy of health and happiness sans fat! The broth has a miso base and is loaded with spinach, green beans, mangetout, fresh shitake mushroom slices and other bits of veg. The portion is very generous, there are loads of shredded duck as well as udon. Definitely not one of those noodle soups where they bulk things up with the broth. Well worth the £6.49 I would say.

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Wonder how the rice version will taste like? You do have the option to either have brown rice or udon with your potsu.

Itsu
Level 2, Cabot Place East
Canary Wharf
London E14 4QT
0207 512 5790

Cajun Chicken Rice Salad, Green Thai Chicken Soup – Birley Sandwiches/Kruger, Canary Wharf

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For regular readers, you might have noticed a trend with my lunch choices. If lunch comes from established chain outlets, I’m probably at Canary Wharf. If they are from small, sometimes “dodgy” independent shops, I’m at Brick Lane. Lunch today is from both Birley and Kruger. Guess where am I today?

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As usual I’m hard pressed for time today so decided to just pickup something from Cabot Place. Have not tried Birley Sandwiches before so thought I give it a go. Out of the 9 Birley outlets, 6 of them are in the Canary Wharf vicinity. The other 3 are in the square mile, goes to show they are targeting the more established business folks. Of the 6 in Canary Wharf, I have tried Birley’s Salt Beef Bar and thought not much of it. The outlet serving salads and soup always has a long queue. To save time, decided to pickup a premade salad from the sandwich outlet. At £4.25, the Cajun Chicken Rice Salad looks very tasty and substantial.

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I really enjoyed the Mixed Seafood Soup from Kruger last week so decided to try another one of their soups. Today’s choices includes Chicken Noodle, Tomato & Basil, Moroccan Harissa, Wild Mushroom, Green Thai Chicken and the seafood one which I have tried before. Only after I ordered the Green Thai Chicken then I realised that it has the same protein as my main. Duh! Large soup with a soft sesame roll for £3.

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First the soup which once again was very good. The smell when you open the container was simply divine. Had a comment from my colleagues saying how good it smells, in fact I got a similar comment from the seafood soup last week as well! Once again, the base of the soup is a combination of leeks, onions and carrots but since it’s a Green Thai Chicken soup, there was also coriander and possibly some green curry paste. The veg used were very generous and so was the chicken breast pieces.

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Doesn’t the rice salad look great! Neatly arranged slices of chicken, lemon, corn salsa on seasoned rice. I’m usually not a very visual person, much prefer to judge food on taste. But good looking good is always appreciated. Taste wise, it did not disappoint as well. The slices of chicken was seasoned with a Cajun style coating giving it a slightly charred and spicy taste. The rice also has a rather smoky taste which complimented the chicken nicely. The corn salsa could be spicier but nothing a few drops of Tabasco won’t fix.

Hmm… I need to try the rest of the soup options from Kruger. Hope they all taste that good!

Birley Sandwiches
Cabot Place West
Canary Wharf
London E14 4QT
0207 512 9112

Kruger
Cabot Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 4QT
0207 719 1629

Spag Bol and Seafood Soup – Kruger, Canary Wharf

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Food craving is a funny thing. Sometimes you know what triggers an episode, perhaps you saw someone eating something or a recipe on TV. It could be triggered by weather changes, ice cream when it’s hot and comforting warm stew when it’s cold. More often than not, there are no origins to my craving, they just come out of the blue and usually it’s for very common foods. So I decided to satiate my craving for spag bol today.

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Kruger located in Canary Wharf focuses on takeaway meals for the folks working in the area. I know of a couple of other Kruger outlets, one near Moorgate and another near Cannon Street but the Canary Wharf one is different as it also has a eat-in cafe with it’s own menu. You will be spoil for choice at Kruger, anything from filled hot or cold sandwiches and wraps, salads, soups, ready made meals to orders from the hot kitchen.

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Since I was craving for spag bol, settled for the ready made meals from the fridge section. Also added a large Mix Seafood Soup and a lamb samosa which I will have after my gym session later. The pasta was £3, the soup another £3 and the samosa is £1.50. Feast for the gluttonous at £7.50, can’t complain about that!

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As the spag bol is pre-made, I was not surprised that the spaghetti is overcooked. Not al dente like it’s suppose to be. The bolognese sauce was pretty decent which was a surprise! Thick, rich and meaty with a strong hint of bay leave, if only the pasta was cooked less.

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The winner of today’s lunch is definitely the Mix Seafood Soup. I was not too sure what I will get when I ordered and was delighted that it’s a bouillabaisse style soup. Generous pieces of squid, shrimp, mussels were scattered throughout, they are probably the frozen kind. The main body of the soup was made up of celery, carrots, onions and strongly spiced with cayenne pepper. Everything combined into a spicy but comforting meal. All soup comes with a bread roll which is a nice touch as most other placed charge extra from bread.

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Craving sorted and all together pretty satisfied.

Kruger
Cabot Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 4QT
0207 719 1629