Originally opened in 1991, Le Pont de la Tour quickly became a London-favourite thanks to its riverside setting, unrivalled Tower Bridge views and marvellous French fare. While perhaps best known for the original restaurant, post-pandemic the team remodelled the bar space into a more casual, bistro-style space that sits alongside the slightly more formal dining room.
Executive chef Tony Fleming joined the restaurant in 2020. A storied chef, his career includes stints with Richard Neat and Marco Pierre White, alongside winning a Michelin star during his time as head chef at Angler, the seafood restaurant within South Place Hotel.
These two recipes draw influence from the cooking style Fleming utilises at the Bistrot – combining classical French techniques and favourite dishes from the dining room with a slightly more relaxed approach. This culminates in a menu that is both accessible and impressive, the kind of dinner that will earn you some culinary kudos but doesn't involve being shackled to the kitchen while everyone else has all the fun.
Ray Wing Au Poivre with Shrimp Brown Butter
Swap out steak for a meaty ray wing with this fresh take on the French classic