"One of those places that you should go at least once.."Review Rating: Reviewed by KimT
It’s such a great location and with such a lovely bar, brasserie and restaurant (more formal table settings) – and so well known – that I have been here lots of times. Sometimes for a girly lunch, sometimes for a “take the office team out for a celebration” lunch, for special occasions for just the two of you and also for two couples on an evening out.
It’s a lovely walk to get there along the riverside – either from London Bridge or from Waterloo, or you can take a taxi if you are pressed for time. Then it’s the lift up to the eighth floor and one way for the bar and brasserie and the other for the restaurant.
Sometimes I would meet friends on the high stools or low sofas in the bar, sip cocktails and listen to the piano. Sadly, you can’t see the fabulous river view from the bar – for that you need to be eating. And if the weather is good, preferably on the terrace.
The three course lunch menu at £33 has some interesting options – starters: primavera vegetable salad, tomato soup, duck salad, crab spring rolls. Mains: shepherd’s pie, roast halibut and some roast meats. Tarts, mousses, crème brulee etc for dessert – plus lots of cheeses.
The dinner menu offers starters from around £11 to £20 – but most are £12 or £14 though. Included are diverse options such as: Lobster tempura, crab with herb scones, foie gras and hock ham terrine, king scallops and rabbit ballotine or grilled sardines. Mains include: butternut squash and pumpkin lasagne (£20), monkfish tail (£26), roast seabass (£28), pheasant en croute (£28.50), venison (£25), roast beef (£28.50) and leg of milk fed lamb for two (£80). So this is not a budget night out.
Frankly, the food is Ok rather than “Wow” so I’m not sure it’s worth going a la carte. But it is one of those places that you should go at least once – perhaps try out the bar first to see what you think?
KimT reviewed OXO Tower Restaurant on Fri 08 Aug 2008