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[Greenwich] Eating at the o2 Arena?

DollyDagger | Mar 30, 2008 02:53 PM

Have any Chowhounds ventured as far as the o2 Arena yet? If so, have any of you eaten there and enjoyed it?

(I ask this out of morbid curiousity as I was in North Greenwich today to view a flat and ended up in the o2 Arena with a hungry mother in tow.)

It's pretty weird in there, to be honest. Very clean, slick and functional; but a bit like the 'It's A Small World' ride at Disney because every continent is represented by an eatery on one fake street. From memory, there's at least three American grills / burger joints, a Frankie & Bennys, Wasabi, Pizza Express, two Starbucks, a Mexican place, a tapas bar, and what I think was an Indian restaurant.

We ended up at Thai Silk, figuring we could at least fill up on tempura and dim sum. The place itself looks great and the staff are friendly and attentive, but unfortunately the food wasn't up to much. The vegetable tempura and crispy chicken parcels were obviously out of a bag and thrown into the deep fryer, which I should have expected really. We love our food and we're not food snobs at all, but we found these inedible. We both chose chicken stir-fries for main courses and these were better, but nothing special.

I'm guessing that the quality would be much the same in the rest of the restaurants there, because people will mostly be eating before concerts or films and so the food will have to be quick and easy. It still seems a shame. If we ate there again, it would only be at Pizza Express because they're usually fairly consistent.

We washed away the bad experience with champagne and bellinis at the bar at Kings Cross St Pancras station, watching the Eurostar glide into the distance - headed to a far more gourmet part of the world!

So, have any of you been? And Arena aside, is there anything worth eating in North Greenwich?

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