BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Canteen culture Imagination, London.

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Canteen culture Imagination, London. - ENTREE: Imagination may have had to eat humble pie over its involvement in the Millennium Dome, but there's none on the menu here at Gary's, the company's immaculate firs

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

ENTREE: Imagination may have had to eat humble pie over its involvement in the Millennium Dome, but there's none on the menu here at Gary's, the company's immaculate first-floor restaurant. It is staffed by contractors from plush executive caterers Directors Table, so even an everyday lunch feels like eating out. In contrast to the Greenwich mushroom, it holds only 50 and is always full - hardly surprising when there are up to 400 hungry staff to feed every day.

MAIN DISH: As befits a company whose business is design, the food here is not only tasty and filling, it looks good too, much closer to haute cuisine than school dinners. Imagination serves up a varied selection, ranging from pizza (authentically thin and crispy, of course) to rice dishes, roasts and even quorn-based meals for vegetarians. Any dish with meat costs about pounds 3, whereas everything else is pounds 2.50, with as many vegetables as you can eat thrown in. If you miss lunch or have only the lighter salad and baked potato option, you need not go hungry in the afternoon - just pop in for tea and cakes at 4pm.

DESSERT: Beyond the usual fruit and yoghurt fare, it's Hobson's choice for pud. But the desserts are good and each day brings a different one - with a weekly roster of meringues, crumbles, muffins and sponges to chose from, you're unlikely to get bored. Work till late and you get dinner for free; get up early and you can even have your breakfast here.

WHINE LIST: For such a small room there's no separate smoking area, although most of the staff happily self-segregate into smokers and non-smokers.

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