What a splendid evening! The birthday dinner (for somebody very dear to me) in The Shard was just as special as I had hoped.
From the moment we were through the metal detectors on the ground floor we were looked after really well! It was a quick lift ride up to the 32nd floor and up a flight of stairs and we had reached our dining spot; Hutong. The interior with dark wood, red lanterns and low lighting felt very cosy and inviting but as we were shown to our table what caught my eye the most was of course the incredible view.
Hutong has a whole floor to itself so it’s a large restaurant, but it’s very cleverly divided into smaller sections. Not just a bar area and a restaurant area but smaller sections within those areas making it a very intimate dining experience. Out table was facing St Paul’s and after enjoying the breathtaking view for a moment or two (honestly I could look at it all day long) we turned the attention to the menu and our lovely waiter who came with a few good suggestions. The portions are very generous and with his help we didn’t over order.
We started off with champagne and the dim sum platter. The dumplings were all lovely and nicely presented with their pastel colours. My favourite was the prawn and champagne dumpling but the others (cod; cabbage and mushrooms; prawn and XO sauce) were delicious too.
The food was served very quickly so almost straight after the dim sum we got the next dish; their signature dish red lantern (I assume the name comes from the lantern like chillies that accompany the crab). The soft shell crab was fried to perfection offering that perfect mix of crunchy and soft with a subtle chilli kick to it. Absolutely delicious!!!
Next we had lamb ribs off the bone. Another generous portion and deliciously prepared, although I had expected them to covered in a sticky glaze but it was more of a dry seasoning. Still delicious!
The side dish we chose was egg fried rice with pickled vegetables. So moreish and delicious!
This was the perfect amount for two people, although we couldn’t finish it all, it was nice with the variety of both meat and seafood and less wouldn’t have been enough. So make sure you come here hungry!
After all that lovely food we took a break before pudding to drink wine, chat and of course, look at the amazing view some more.
The Shard has 95 floors and although the restaurants are only on floors 32 and 33 the view is still spectacular.
We could see Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and more. Just amazing!
After our little break we had pudding; sesame dumplings with apple and cinnamon and a complimentary mango pudding for the birthday boy!
After a nice long dinner we moved to the bar area to enjoy the slightly different view from there. And a nice drink.
It’s simply impossible to leave – you just want to linger some more and take it all in.
We sat down at one of the tables by the window and just enjoyed the scenery.
The intrior is beautiful too, with all the lanterns and the dark colour scheme.
I even lingered in the ladies room; taking in the view from there!
The whole evening was just amazing. Not just the view, but the food, service, wine and interior. The staff looked after us incredible well and made it feel like the special evening it was. Because this is not a place where you pop in for a quick bite; it’s a place for celebrations and special evenings!
33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY