Whilst last Saturday was filled with excitement from the Royal Wedding, G and I were celebrating another very special occasion – G’s dad’s 60th birthday!
It was the most beautiful day in London with clear blue skies and the sun shining from early morning until sunset. We jam packed the weekend full of activities, food, presents and giant inflatable balloons, but one of my favourite highlights was Saturday evening.
I’ve been to The Shard once before for drinks in the Gōng Bar, which is the highest hotel bar in Western Europe! However, it has been a dream of mine to go to one of their restaurants for dinner to enjoy incredible views and eat delicious food. One of G’s families favourite cuisines is Asian and so it was fitting that we booked the Hutong restaurant.
Situated 33 floors up, Hutong serves diverse cuisines of Northern China and is based on the popular restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong. We were lucky enough to be allocated a window table with the sunset in full view so we could enjoy the city below us by day, dusk and night. The interior of the restaurant complimented the menu, with red lanterns hanging from the walls, wooden dining furniture, bamboo bars, and a tree with Chinese envelopes hanging from its branches. It made you feel as though you suddenly weren’t in London anymore!
The views were just breath taking and could be seen wherever you were in the restaurant, giving you different angles of the Capital. Even the windows in the toilets offered you something special!
We sat down and enjoyed a glass of champagne to kick start the evening whilst we perused the menu. It felt special in every single way and I kept having to pinch myself when I looked over my shoulder.
To start off we ordered Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Crispy Prawn Rolls, Shandong Shredded Chicken and Roasted Peking Duck.
The duck was carved in front of us at our table and was mouth-wateringly cooked. We could then enjoy it with the classic pancakes, hoisin sauce, shredded cucumber and spring onions. Quite often, the starter is my favourite course, especially when you share with the table and can can enjoy a little bit of everything.
Our main courses were equally enjoyable with Kung Po-Style Fried Prawns, Ma La Beed Tenderloin, Fried Chicken Fillet and Sautéed Crispy Shredded Beef and Chilli. On the side we also had the Chef’s Picked Vegetable Fried Rice and Fried Noodles with Seasonal Vegetables.
Because we were celebrating a birthday they also brought over a Mango Pudding with Fruit Salsa and Mandarin Sorbet on the house!
But our evening did not stop once dinner was over, instead we headed to the Atrium Bar for cocktails to send us into the night. From Old Fashions, Long Island Iced Teas and Espresso Martinis – their extensive cocktail menu was enough to keep us occupied until it was time to head home.
It really was a brilliant experience from start to finish. There is nothing better than a restaurant with skyline views where you can watch the sun go down, and a bar where you can see London lights shining for miles on end. If you have a special occasion coming up be sure to book a table at one of The Shard’s impressive restaurants. However, you have to be quick as tables get snapped up months in advance. Find out more about what The Shard has to offer here, and to book a table at Hutong visit this website.