Last Tuesday night saw the launch of the new Johnnie Walker Blue Label terrace at Plateau Restaurant in Canary Wharf. Tucked next to Plateau’s elegantly minimalist bar & grill, the terrace is a space that manages to successfully blend the restaurant’s modern surroundings with the heritage and quality behind the famous label.
To mark the occasion, Plateau held a drinks reception to showcase just some of the new cocktails created by Guillaune Sanzey, and also to offer those in attendance the chance to have a sip of the select Blue Label blend with whisky expert Kabir Suharan.
The new terrace, with double-aspect floor to ceiling windows, sits on the corner of the building and looks out over Canada Square. The low evening sun bathed the terrace in a warm glow throughout the evening, giving proceedings an ‘al fresco’ atmosphere, which was enhanced by the breeze reaching us through the open ceiling.
Smoking is permitted on the terrace, and a number of cigars are available from the menu as well as bar snacks and, of course, the cocktails.
Of the numerous drinks available, a particular favourite was the Walk The Line. With a base of crushed cardamom seeds and fresh pineapple, and topped up with a mixture of Johnnie Walker Black Label, Cointreau, vanilla syrup and fresh lemon juice, the deliciously bitter concoction somewhat inevitably, or ironically, made walking in a line progressively harder as the night wore on.
New nightspots can often get it wrong, either trying to be too trendy or too elitist, often both. However, Plateau’s new terrace manages to avoid these pitfalls and is instead a space that is both welcoming and sophisticated in the same breath. Whisky fans will already know of Johnnie Walker’s reputation as one favoured by many a connoisseur around the globe for its meticulous blends. To those still yet to savour the stuff, it seems there is now a perfect location to enjoy their first dram in the city.
John Francis Bowyer