"Marvellous riverside terrace"Review Rating: Reviewed by KimT
I used to come to this famous restaurant a lot for business lunches when I worked nearby in the City. On a fine day, the outside terrace affords a fabulous view of Tower Bridge and the City skyline and is a great place for people watching. I always remember that the food was extremely good but that it was a bit pricey.
There’s a restaurant and a bar and grill depending on how formal you want to be.
So I was pleasantly surprised recently – on one of those fabulous sunny days – that my friend managed to secure a table outside. It wasn’t that busy. And more importantly there was an amazing set price lunch – still with lots of choice – at just £30 a head for two courses and this includes a glass of wine.
It’s only a short walk from London Bridge station, through Moor London and past City Hall. A bracing walk by the river in the shadow of Tower Bridge and through the cobbled streets of Shad Thames.
The clientele was different two – smart couples and relaxed ladies who lunch. Not a business suit in sight – but perhaps that’s the summer trade.
The menu contains all that you would expect – and there are plenty of vegetarian options. There’s also a tasting menu if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
My companion’s salt cod starter was excellent. Three really good sized and well flavoured balls of well-seasoned fish. I played safe with smoked salmon which was well presented and as expected.
We both opted for steak as a main. We both ordered medium rare but the steaks – which were of average size – were quite well done. But still delicious. The chips were fine cut.
The service was exemplary. Our water glasses were refilled regularly and the waiting staff were attentive without being pushy. It was relaxed.
So for two courses (including a glass of wine), an extra side of French beans and coffees for us both the bill was £60.75 including service – which seemed good value for money. I shall add it back onto my “regulars” list.
KimT reviewed Le Pont De La Tour on Mon 19 Sep 2016