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Occupying the same inviting riverside space as the more formal Skylon restaurant, the Grill rings the changes with tightly packed bare tables, wood floors and a varied menu of casual bistro staples
and family favourites. Steaks feature heavily on a roll call that ranges from beetroot risotto and salmon fishcakes to shepherd’s pie and the ever-popular Skylon burger. The retro styling also
finds its match in starters of prawn cocktail and eggs royale (with smoked salmon), while puds toe the line with raspberry cheesecake or warm chocolate brownie. Skylon’s executive chef Helena
Puolakka oversees the menu here, so you can be sure of the same enthusiasm for complementary flavours and top-notch ingredients – albeit in a pared-down, unfussy form. Families, tourists and
theatre-goers continue to praise the ‘buzzy atmosphere’, ‘great value’ and, of course, the views.
I don’t quite know what it is about D&D (the owners of Skylon and a dozen other London restaurants) and me. I can only describe our relationship as that between two lovelorn teenagers; sickeningly in love one minute, bored the next, then engulfed in bitter ‘I hate you arguments’. They have this unique ability to offset the impressive flair, ambience and refinement in venues like Le Pont De La Tour...
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