Chinese restaurant set high above London towards the top of The Shard building, fit for those wanting to be a part of glamour and glitz or needing to impress - pleasing food but heavily overpriced based on the location
Set high above London on the 33rd floor of the Shard building, there is no doubt that this is a very nice option to doing something different for your Chinese meal of the week if you are partial to trying something different. There is a superb open bar on the floor beneath Hutong which also has a restaurant and there are also several other eateries on these two levels. However, the more popular these become with time, as they now are, I would recommend booking well in advance.
The food here was good which I was pleased to see. The supporting soy and hoi sin sauces were actually very good as was the shredded beef dish – good quality and succulant as well as being light on the crispyness without the gelatenous and squidgy exterior that so many poor Chinese restaurants produce (some even in China Town). However, as pleasant as this food was, it was a real turn off to have this simple shredded beef priced at £19. Only a year ago, I now see from their website that it is now £26 (as at Feb 15) and that has an ouch factor which is rare. It was therefore confirmed – the prices you are paying here are not for the quality of the food but purely for where you are having it and I would therefore say, do it just to experience once for something nice, but then on principle alone avoid paying this amount thereafter. One can, for this price actually gain two dishes at 1 Michelin starred level at Hakkasan for example to put in to perspective.
A nice meal here, with a superb view, but far too expensive for the only ‘good’ quality to make me have any burning desire to return immediately.
Food Grade: 67%
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