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Published January 16th 2013
Fine dining along the River Thames - Bliss
The OXO Tower restaurant is the perfect place to spend a special occasion or to treat a loved one. The restaurant is situated on the top floor of the OXO Tower along the River Thames, and is perfectly located with spectacular views of London while you indulge in culinary paradise. Depending on the weather, you can even eat on the balcony where you can also watch the boats go by. There are however some tables in the middle of the restaurant or on the opposite side of the Thames. It is therefore advisable to book in advance.
As well as a superb location, the restaurant offers a remarkable fine dining experience. There is a lunch menu which is £35 for three courses and a dinner menu which is £35 for two courses. The menu is reasonably priced for the quality of the food and the location. However, drinks are pricey and a bottle of water will cost you around £4.50. Nevertheless the wine and cocktails are delicious and the restaurant has a wine list with over 800 wines to choose from around the world. I attended at lunchtime and the menu had a wide range of dishes to choose from, including vegetarian options. The mouth-watering description of the dishes made choosing a dish extremely difficult. Luckily the waiters were friendly and helpful in helping to choose a dish and wait on you hand and foot.
The presentation of each dish is superb and immediately makes you want to take a photo and then tuck straight in. The combination of flavours in each dish is mind blowing and the meats are cooked to perfection. A selection of breads is also offered at the start of your meal and with your main course which are fresh and full of flavour. The dessert is however definitely the best course offered. You will be tempted to try everyone's dessert and find it hard to pick a favourite. After your meal, the waiters are even happy to let you take photographs on the balcony overlooking the River Thames and some of London's iconic buildings.
My favourite dish was the free range chicken, which was deliciously succulent and accompanied with a crispy potato spring roll. The chocolate and hazelnut cake with cherries was also the perfect dessert for any chocolate lover, although some people may find the chocolate sauce slightly too rich.
Free range chicken, potato spring roll, shallot and thyme, bok choy.
If you are celebrating a birthday, then you can ask for a birthday plate at the end of the meal, complete with a small dessert and candle. The waiter also presents the birthday boy or a girl with a luxurious box of OXO tower chocolate truffles, which are divine.
The views of the city and St Paul's Cathedral are this restaurants unique selling point; however its food and friendly service definitely make it worth returning. There is also a brasserie which has live music acts playing whilst you eat. The bar area is extremely popular, and is also worth a visit.