Le Pont de la Tour is getting a new head chef - Julien Imbert who’s clocked up experience at some very famous London institutions, including Sketch, Dinner by Heston, Berners Tavern and most recently as Head Chef at Jason Atherton’s City Social.
He'll also be bringing to the table two years of butchery experience and his Toulouse background, which translate to French classics with plenty of meat-heavy dishes which will be split between the Bar & Grill and the main restaurant.
In the former, which will be more laid back and brasserie style, expect steak tartar, slow cooked beef cheek, croque monsieurs and mussels. Meanwhile, in the dining room there’ll be more creative riffs on traditional French dining. “Gone are the crepe suzette trolley and the towering souffles”, instead replaced with:
- Gigha halibut with curry veloute, mussels and gruyere crust
- Braised salt marsh lamb shoulder, black garlic emulsion and lemon yoghurt
- Whole duck with a confit leg salad (for two)
“I have kept the foundations of the menu true to the fundamental principles of French cooking, whilst also introducing modern elements that are reflective of French cooking today,” said Julien.
Suppliers will include small dairy farmers in Brittany for cheeses, Cornwall’s Flying Fish for seafood, and nearby Borough Market’s Turnips for veg and meat.
Other changes are afoot for Le Pont de la Tour too. On top from a recent re-design, and a freshly staffed front of house team, there are also plans afoot to launch “a new concept for the bakery” in the new year, as well as the Le Pont de la Tour wine and food store - very nice if you want to take something home with you.
Where: Le Pont de la Tour, Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE