Tower 42 | 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ, England (London Bridge) £80 per head (incl service)
Gary Rhodes’ restaurant, Rhodes Twenty Four loacted on the 24th floor of tower 42 in the City of London. It was a restaurant I had been anticipating many great things from, from the food and wine to the panoramic views.
Luckily we had a fantastic table with fabulous views over the city overlooking the Gherkin and Canary Wharf, it certainly set the tone for a memorable evening, even though there was no sign of Gary.
The British menu held lots of tempting and exciting choices, with a good selection of fish and meat main dishes and very good wine list – slightly too tempting and after my Burgundy days I had to reign myself in slightly.
My dining companions opted for fish and meat so a well matched white for the fish and light red for the meat and summer weather was required. With the help of the sommelier we chose a Burgundy, Saint Veran – a light, crisp white with supreb minerality and slight buttery taste and for the meat eaters a Beaujoulais Village, light with some body for the duck and beef dishes.
As complimentary amuse bouche we had a broad bean and mint green jelly with truffle oil, which although tiny all jokes aside was a little mouthful of heaven. For my starter I decided on the scallops with mashed potatoes which were cooked to perfection with a beautiful jus. I thought however, that the mashed potatoes while designed in a stylish conical shape was slightly too heavy for a summer menu and I would have preferred something lighter with the scallops. The Saint Veran however, was the perfect accompaniment and I would recommend this for most light fish dishes and even meaty fish as the acidity and minerality adds a clean and pleasing taste to each mouthful.
For the main I couldn’t resist the fillet of British beef with garlic and parsley potato dumplings, snails and beetroot, cep mushrooms and red wine sauce and you guessed it I requested medium rare, which was rarer than at The Brigade but again not as rare as I would have liked. The meat was superb in quality and the red wine sauce worked very well with the beaujoulais village wine.
My companions chose the roasted monkfish in black olive emulsion, British seaweed,wilted greens and asparagus risotto and the pan fried sea trout with tempura scallops, oyster mushrooms, sweetcorn puree and tarrgon butter sauce, all delcious and cooked to perfection.
It was actually so good that nobody could manage dessert, but we were pleased to see some rather yummy looking petit fours of carrot cake, chocolate flakes with fresh cream and rice jellies.
For a special night cap and digestif we headed to Vertigo bar with some views of Tower bridge and the river and a cheeky bottle of bottles.. well it would be rude not to right.
For a special evening or impressive date venue it’s worth the price tag, but you can also look at special deals with toptable and timeout.
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