For all of us who like to wine and dine and enjoy the more flavorsome side of life, this is a fitting way to spend the evening. They have a ground floor bar and a heated terrace serving fresh cocktails, beers, wines and champagne. In the first floor restaurant and al fresco mezzanine, they serve their 12-inch stone-baked pizzas and a great selection of fresh salads and grills. There are lots of flexible options for reserved areas, private parties, group bookings and private hire, so don’t wait too long before making a reservation.
The family business already opened 5 restaurants
The Rocket Restaurant in Canary Wharf leaves nothing to be desired. One of the latest restaurants to be opened by the family business started by Duncan and Anna Watts with Amit Joshi in 1999, this is their third venture, following on from earlier successes in Mayfair and the City. They currently operate five restaurants.
Strand-woven bamboo style
The stylish and slightly quirky interior was designed by Duncan Watts, who chose the extremely resilient strand-woven bamboo for the floor coverings after seeing it in a restaurant during a visit to the USA. Strand – woven bamboo has a higher fiber rating than any hardwood, and is twice as hard as oak – an important consideration as the floors have to withstand high foot traffic, including stiletto heels. As it can be harvested every three to five years, it is also environmentally friendly compared to most woods.
Floors easy to clean-up and resistant to spills
Duncan approached Ambience Hardwood Flooring, and, after consultation, asked them to supply rustic strand-woven bamboo for the downstairs bar area and 130x12 mm tiger solid strand-woven boards for the restaurant zone. All the boards have a lacquered finish, ensuring that the floors are low maintenance and resistant to spills, making them easy to clean-up – the perfect solution for a bar or restaurant.
SikaBond® AT-80 easy-clean wood flooring adhesive was the perfect choice to fully bond the wood floors in the recently opened Rocket Restaurant in Canary Wharf. Incorporating new-generation hybrid technology, SikaBond® AT-80 is the latest easy-to-use adhesive from Sika UK, the innovators of wood floor bonding. SikaBond® AT-80 not only produces the highest performance, it also offers the added eco-friendly benefit of being solvent- and isocyanate-free.
Resistant products for a high traffic area
95 m2 of flooring were supplied by Ambience Hardwood Flooring, who recommended SikaBond® AT-80 to bond the bamboo boards. “SikaBond® AT-80 can be applied directly to almost any surface without the need for a primer,” said Chris Elliott from Bamboo Flooring: “We recommended SikaBond® AT-80 because it is simple to spread and has easy clean properties should the installer accidently get some adhesive onto the face of the boards. We knew that it was going to be used in a high traffic area and Sika products are very strong with a successful track record that has been proven over many years.”
“In three days all work was done”
Duncan Watts, whose business philosophy promotes attention to detail, reasonable prices at good quality, having fun and providing an ambiance that makes you smile said: “The advice given to us by Ambience Hardwood Flooring was extremely helpful. Using SikaBond® AT-80 to bond the floor made the whole operation fast and easy. Two men completed the job of fitting both the bar and restaurant areas in three days without any fuss. We are very pleased with the finished result.”
The advantages of bonding against nailing
Bonding is the modern method for fixing wood floors, delivering numerous advantages over traditional methods such as battens and secret nailing. These include considerable application time savings, absorption of both dynamic and static stresses within the wood itself, and compensation for some unevenness of the substrate. Sika is recognized as the original innovator of wood floor bonding and a leading exponent in the supply of premium wood flooring adhesives with a long and successful track record.