Stop what you’re doing. We’ve found the most romantic restaurant in the City and it is sure to win you brownie points.
Housed in a 19th-century former tea warehouse, you’ll find Le Pont de la Tour on the other side of Tower Bridge. With views to die for and exquisite food, a table at the French restaurant is a sure winner in the romance stakes.
We headed to the riverside restaurant during golden hour as the light hit the water, bridge and the City’s skyscrapers. The glowing hue really made us remember why we love summer evenings in London. Sitting outside in the restaurant’s Bistrot terrace, we felt incredibly lucky to be dining in such a lovely place with Tower Bridge as a backdrop. It really is beautiful.
After a wonderfully warm welcome, we got to look at the La Pont Bistrot menu. Discussing our preferences with the accommodating waiters, we settled on the Dressed Cornish Crab as well as the Warm Blini with London cure smoked salmon with Fromage Blanc. Both entrees were delicious, light and full of flavour. Honestly, the dressed crab served on ice was the best we had ever tasted, and, paired with a glass of Mirabeau Azure Provence Rosé – an elegant pale peach Rosé – it really felt like we had been transported to Menton or Nice.
After polishing off our starters, we moved onto the main event. Opting for the ‘Steak Frites’ Cumbrian bavette with sauce bernaise and the Grilled Plaice with steamed potatoes and caper beurre noisette, we were certainly happy with our choices. The steak was succulent and juicy while the plaice was rich and flavoursome. Dripping in butter, the fish really was a memorable dish. It even convinced a neighbouring diner to choose it as it was placed in front of us. The salty capers and purple potatoes added colour to the plate and it was a pleasure to eat.
Feeling full but eager to try a dessert, we agreed on the Café gourmand, madeleine, canele, choux bun option. Served with a coffee of our choice – we went with an espresso to channel our inner European – the final course was a delight. The quaint little pastries were beautifully presented and were the perfect end to a wonderful meal.
With the last of the day’s sunlight creating a warm pink glow on the edge of the river, as we sipped our last sip of coffee, the romance was at a peak. We urge you to visit Le Pont de la Tour for your next anniversary.
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