My girlfriend chose Le Pont de la Tour for their special lunch prefix at 20 GBP for two courses. Figured why not take advantage and have a nice Friday ladies lunch.
Food: We ordered the english asparagus spears and the salmon gravlax for our starters. For entrees we ordered the roasted pork fillet and the portobello mushroom and potato tian. Every dish was very well presented and full of flavours.
Drinks: We ordered two glass of white wine.
Price: 68.06 GBP for two people. Just a note, our wines were 10.00 GBP each.
Ambiance: We sat outside because the weather was nice and the view of the tower bridge while having lunch was pretty awesome.
Service: The service was very professional. From our servers to the sommelier, everyone was top notch.
Would I go back? Yes. Next time I would like to try the Brasserie which is next door to the main restaurant.
This place has an amazing view of the London Bridge. I mean come on, even the name is french for it.
I ordered the escargot for appetizer and it was really tasty and juicy. and they're quite large sized snails. The texture was perfect and not chewy. The main entree I ordered was the lamb chops and it was cooked to a very nice medium yet the chef managed to make the outside fat crunchy. It was delicious and very gamey. The dessert I ordered was my favorite... The lemon tart was perfectly balanced in tarty-ness and sweetness. The french vanilla pairing was so creamy and not too sweet. If you are here, you have to order this dessert.
Make sure you sit outside in the patio and watch the view of the london bridge and people passing by.
As a group dining experience it's sometimes hard to make a fair assessment. We had a very limited menu due to the large work dinner. I wasn't a huge fan of many things listed so my view is kind of skewed for Le Pont De La Tour London. The breads were nice and service was quite good. My starter of the Swordfish ceviche was ok. To be fair it was my first experience with a swordfish ceviche and I found it to be lacking in flavor however it was presented beautifully. The wines were nice but we only had red as an option for dinner so I don't know if that was a choice of our organizer or we drank all the white available thus forcing us onto a red. lol Either way it did not pair well with my main of Sea brim. It was good and served with some veggies that were cooked fairly ok. We finished with desserts and coffee. I really enjoyed the Raspberry creme brûlée and some of my colleagues got the salted caramel ice cream which seemed a bit too rich but still good.
As I said my review is sort of skewed due to this being an organized large group dinner. I can report that live piano music was good and hearing Lady GaGa being played was quite entertaining. I shall return for another try to experience the full menu because after all this American Southerner in London believes it's the fair and gentlemanly thing to do y'all.
I ate here. Sat outside facing the amazing London bridge. The view of the bridge from the outside sitting area is a panty dropper. The salad was great the main dishes were good. As it gets darker, the view gets even better. I can't wait to Divalicious this place with my presence again soon.
Very disappointing. Came for the Butlers Wharf Banquet and after a 3 course meal, which I wouldn't exactly say qualifies as a banquet I'm still hungry and feel like I've only eaten a starter.
Upon arrival we were presented with a gin and tonic in a plastic bag containing a plastic goldfish. After waiting longer than anticipated to be served our starter, a crayfish salad arrived which was basically cherry tomatoes cut up and some crayfish thrown on top.
Following this was wood pigeon served with a turnip and beetroot, the pigeon seemed to be a bit tough and the sides were so small you would need a magnifying glass to see them.
Finally the dessert arrived which was coffee ice cream topped with candy fennel. It looked like plastic cubes and onion and it didn't particularly taste of anything. They also served coffee which despite it's colour tasted of water.
Hmm! Now this is a tricky one, because I actually went to the Butlers Wharf Blackout Banquet, not really Le Pont De La Tour. The menu comprised a combination of dishes from all four restaurants along the riverside; Le Pont De La Tour, Blueprint Cafe, Cantina De la Pont and Butlers Wharf Chophouse.
Anyway, it was a very rainy weekend when we booked to go to the banquet. My friend and I were a bit wary about the night. We were quite relieved to see the banqueting table was set-up under a very sturdy marquee - phew!
Our marquee was set-up outside the Le Pont De La Tour. Seats were not reserved, it was a case of sit anywhere, which I think added to the fun - who knew who you could be sat next to and the place was a buzz with chatter. The table and surrounding area was candlelit, with a row of candles going down the centre of the table - beautiful and romantic. Everyone looks good in the soft yellow glow of a candles flame! At 8.30 the lights along the riverside went out too and Tower Bridge looked even prettier.
We were a little bit late (naughty), but were informed that they would have our starters brought to us shortly. The hostess noted I had requested the vegetarian menu and assured me I would be okay with the starter as it was vegetarian and the kitchen would be informed of my dietary requirements.
We got our "Swim Tonics" which were surprisingly delicious and refreshing. Only surprising for me because I'm not a fan of tonic water. I can't stand its tangy, bitter taste.
Then we found our seats and were served our starter. Dark lentils with tamarind sauce, pomegranate and celery. The lentils were delicious, the rest a bit meh! But the shocking disappointment was the distribution. My serving was about a dessert spoon sized portion of lentils, my friend's was four times that!
We got a bottle of house white from the bar, clean, fresh and very drinkable. But had a delay in getting a cooler as they had run out.
The main came and fortunately it was fish (yes, I'm one of those type of vegetarians), trout. It was perfectly cooked and very tasty served with a cauliflour flapjack. Very enjoyable, but it would have been better if they had served some side dishes too or at least given us the option of ordering some.
The dessert was a berry cheesecake with shortbread. But my friend made the mistake of being away from her seat when it was served. When she returned and asked for hers whe was told they had run out. She was served with what we were told was Le Pont De La Tour's signature dish, it's treacle tart. She wasn't impressed after one mouthful, so I helped her dispose of it! ;D I liked it, but I have to admit it was extremely orangy and not very treacly.
It was a great night but when they do it again next year I would advise you get there on time, don't leave your seat and, if you're a real vegetarian, make sure they give vegetarian dishes. It would be great and definitely impress if you're on a date and would probably be a nice experience with a small group of friends.
In relation to the actual restaurant, it looks like a lovely venue and I might go back sometime to see what it's like for food.
We were seated by the window as requested and had an amazing view of the Tower bridge and Thames River. It was so beautiful. We ordered a dozen of oysters, it was very fresh, but I preferred the U.S. oysters better. The native oysters were a better choice compared to the other, I forgot the name. We heard the seafood was a must try, so we ordered the Seafood Platter with Lobster. The presentation was admirable. However, the taste was just ok. The platter included all the seafood you can imagine served cooked and chilled. We enjoyed it anyway and cleaned our palate with the raspberry creme brûlée and chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, the desserts were amazingly delicious. We devoured every single bite. Yum! Overall, great restaurant, excellent service, ok food and expensive.
I wonder if I went to the same restaurant as the other reviewers? Maybe I liked it so much because I didn't have to pay. :)
I was in London in August, so we were able to sit at a table outside. I was really blown away by the view. It was a little surreal to sit there and eat dinner with the Tower Bridge so close in the background. It looked like a postcard.
Our server was great and recommended a nice bottle French red wine. The food was also amazing. I had some kind of crab dish for the appetizer, the halibut for dinner, and crème brulee for dessert. These were not American sized portions, but I didn't think they were too small either. It's a good place to go for a leisurely 3 course dinner and not a place to stop in for just the main course. The only reason I knocked my review down a start is because there was a few tiny pieces of shell in the crab dish. I would expect more from French Chefs... At least I know that they used real crab and not something out of a can though. :)
Maybe if you live there, it is not as exciting, but I would say it is worth the splurge if you are in town for a visit. Sure it is expensive, but isn't everything in London expensive? :)
Le Pont De La Tour - considered by locals as one of the best French restaurants at Tower Bridge in London.
The food design wasn't helping out, the food looked really lost on those regular sized plates, when kindly confirming with the host that i didn't receive a kids meal by mistake, a complimentary delicious champagne came along, Nice but we left hungry and a thin wallet ($175pp based on a group of 3, with a wine, couple of cocktails and desert).
the taste was OK but not what you expect at one of the most famous french restaurants, had a commercial feel to it.
I must agree with Paul J. 2/19/2009 the smell of the beautiful big lilly flowers all over is a bathroom magnet.
A wine cellar of 250k bottles is still impressive if that's what your looking for.
I was mostly impressed by this French restaurant. The politeness of the staff was stunning and they served everything with a smile. I just loved the extensive menu and wine list that provides a certain variety.
thumbs down, not recommended...
if u expect to satisfy your stomach go elsewhere, the portions are the tiniest i've ever seen, the service sucks 'n i mean outrageously for this class of dining but i aint going into details, so does the decur i mean those lilies, the scent made me sick, u know there is a limit.. which they know nothing about 'n i'm not allergic or suffer from pollen.
i've heard that they specialize in wines (inwhich btw you have to be lucky to find something for less then 100GBP)
Our second visit was as good as the first, great food, a wonderful wine list. And a fantastic view make thus place perfect
Has a beautiful view of the tower bridge near the river during the summer of July. This place is major tourist restaurant. Food was okay. I ordered their tomato basil soup which it was salty, but durable. For the entrée, I ordered the Sunday brunch: roasted rib beef w/yorkshire pudding and steam veggies. It was good. I totally recommended. Price per person is about $35-$40/pp (£20-30).
This time I went with a friend for lunch in the brasserie and it was, as usual, pretty good. Not spectacular, but pretty darn good and very satisfying. The pleasant dining room overlooked the Thames, so the atmosphere and view was nice, and the service was remarkably faultless. Although not cheap, one has to say that lunch in the brasserie here was well worth the money, considering London prices.
From the moment I walked in the door to the moment I walked out I was very impressed. Fantastic atmosphere, fine food, brilliant service and overlooking tower bridge. The waiters are very friendly and and knowledgeabe (particularly about the wine list) and genuinely seem to want you to enjoy your time there. Pricey, so perhaps ideal for a special occasion..
Great views, lovely setting. I booked our table through Toptable and got a glass of champagne as part of their deal. Service was a bit slow but I would imagine this was because it was a busy Friday night. Lovely food but we skipped dessert because of the slow service but I do plan to go back there again.
The greatest thing about dining at Le Pont De La Tour has to be its location, with a brilliant view of the Thames and Tower Bridge it makes for a wonderful backdrop. The food is very good; however the price is a bit high. The table service was adequate but could be improved. Film and TV buffs will enjoy dining here as a number of Hollywood movies and shows have been shot at this restaurant, the most recent being LOST.
I love snooty places with class...how else could you pull it off?...yes,lunch seems to be "POWER LUNCH" among the people who move and shake in the business/political circles of London,and for this midwestern stateside boy,it was an education,that I relished....the several times I've been to London,I always have lunch here at least once....food is memorable,but not fantastic.It's all about being there,like the russian tea room,or the defunct tavern on the green.The hospitality is unsurpassed,charming and genuine smiles....just wish they would not add gratuity to 2 tops...kind of insulting...but that's snooty,with class.(I'm a waiter,I always take real good care of my server)
Went here with a big group, sat in the wine cellar room which was really cool. Had the 3 course fixed price menu, salad was pretty good, had some beef for dinner and the apricot trifle for dessert. Beef wasn't the best I'd had, but the wine and excellent seating made up for it. The rest of the dining room was pretty empty for a Saturday night. Nice location too.
Had an amazing dinner. The service was superb and the view unbeatable. Great for a romantic escape.
A fantastic restaurant that consistently lives up to expectations. Prices are not the cheapest, but it proves that you get what you pay for as the whole experience is amazing. Highly recommended.
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