Please note that as of 2014, this restaurant is no longer open.
If you're looking for somewhere to take advantage of the sunshine, then you could do worse than heading to The Gun, one of the further-flung outposts of Ed and Tom Martin's gastronomic empire down in Docklands.
Londonist was invited along to their seasonal reopening last week, to sample some of the Portuguese fare. Sadly not too many of the canapés managed to wend their way down to our corner but at least we can recommend the sardine pâté. It's one of the authentic dishes that the owners have sourced over their many summers spent in the Algarve, which is the inspiration for this al fresco restaurant and bar.
The focus is on fish, all bought fresh daily at Billingsgate Market which is just around the corner and cooked on the enormous outdoor grill. Cataplana, featuring salmon, king prawns and mussels is just one of the traditional specialities, along with piri-piri chicken (extra hot options available).
If you live locally you probably already know this tucked-away gem, but it's worth the ten minute stroll from Canary Wharf if you need to escape the office. As long as a view of the former Millennium Dome doesn't put you off. On a clear evening, it's an ideal spot to sink a few glasses of sangria and perhaps even try your luck at their weekly pub quiz.
A Grelha at The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, London E14 9NS. Blackwall DLR, Canary Wharf Tube. 020 7515 5222