Pont De La Tour
Pont De La Tour is based in Shad Thames, just moments away from Tower Bridge. Given one of my favourite parts of London is walking down by The River Thames via London Bridge and Tower Bridge (I feel like such a massive tourist each time when I remain wowed by the sites) I just loved the location of this restaurant. It has a gorgeous terrace area overlooking Tower Bridge with fairy lights and blankets – worth braving the cold for.
Julien Imbert has recently been appointed as Head Chef of Pont De La Tour and is aiming to combine traditional French cooking with a modern touch to this fantastic restaurant. The restaurant is in good hands with Julien who initially worked at Sketch followed by lead positions at both Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Berners Tavern and Head Chef at Jason Atherton’s City Social.
The bar and grill offers more of a casual brassiere type dining with some classic dishes such as croque monsieur and rib eye steak. We dined in the restaurant in intimate surroundings and had a lovely table by the window overlooking the river. From the outset the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and we had a sommelier offer us a wine pairing.
We began with a couple of glasses of champagne (it was my birthday!) and some warm freshly baked bread. On to the starters we had the Ham Hock terrine, pickled baby onion, truffle mayonnaise and capers and the Cured Salmon, miso mayonnaise, pickled cucumber, lemon gel which were so beautifully presented. The Ham Hock was served with warm toast and was one of the best I have ever had!
On to the mains we went for the chefs recommendation of Launceston fillet of lamb, braised shoulder, black garlic emulsion, lemon yoghurt and the Beef fillet, fondant potato, confit shallot, braised ox cheek. Both meats were perfectly cooked and well seasoned and the ratatouille with the lamb was a great touch, as was the braised ox cheek with the beef.
There was barely any room for dessert so we opted for the Lemon Curd, thyme shortbread, meringue, liquorice ice cream, which was unusual but complimented by the texture of the meringue and the lemon curd was offset by the white chocolate – it was melt in the mouth delicious!! I like to swap my desserts for a cocktail so chose one from the Luscious and Rich section of the menu – the Don Pasquale -spiced rum, Armagnac, rhubarb liquer, Pimm’s agave syrup, lemon and Peychauds bitters – served in a huge tumbler with one large cube of ice, this was exactly as the menu said – luscious and rich.
Pont Dr La Tour is an upmarket restaurant with fantastic food, staff and surroundings – definitely a place to impress clients, dine on a special occasion or on a romantic date!
East London Girl: Le Pont De La Tour