My husband and I snuck in a rare weekday lunch a couple of weeks ago – child-free and everything! It was a beautiful sunny day and all our Burger Lobster plans went out the window as we decided it would be rude not to sit outside. So to the Southbank we headed and got ourselves a lovely table overlooking the river and Tower Bridge (although admittedly in the shade!) at Le Pont de la Tour. We plumped for the Menu du Jour, which is £25 for two courses, as we sipped on beer and a very delicious Fresh Peachy mocktail, and nibbled on gorgeous olive bread and soft, creamy butter.
In the end I deviated from the menu de jour slightly, starting with the roasted wood pigeon, confit leg tortellini, celeriac and pear, which was melt in the mouth, meaty and delicious. The husband had the cured gravalax which arrived pretty as a picture and was quickly demolished. He then went for the ragout of rabbit, broad beans, radish, wild garlic & pea veloute which was spring on a plate, while I devoured pan fried fillet of sea bream, piquillo pepper, courgette ribbons & mussel veloute. My only criticism of the sea bream was that, while the piquillo pepper and courgette ribbons were tasty, it was the unannounced spring onion which lifted the dish and I would have happily had a few more of those, along with lashings more of the mussel veloute (I’m a sauce obsessive). We washed this down with two lovely glasses of Malbec, and ordered some token broccoli on the side.
Surprisingly full (for us!) we shared dessert – a dark chocolate & coffee parfait, hazelnut soil and blood orange sorbet, which had us murmuring with delight. The richness of the chocolate and the sweet sharpness of the orange were triumphant. A classic combination but no less delicious because of that. A coffee to finish and we were two very satisfied customers.
The service was excellent throughout and all in all it was a lovely way to treat ourselves on a random Wednesday afternoon. The Menu du Jour is great value for the quality of the food (three courses are £30), it’s just the drinks and the extras you have to watch if you are looking to keep the costs down – two glasses of wine were £20.
Our meal was £106 excluding service.