View from the Shard
The world-famous Hutong at The Shard (on the 33rd floor), is one of London’s most highly commended Northern Chinese restaurants. A prominent landmark across the city, The Shard redefines the skyline, standing at 800 feet tall and winning the title of the tallest building in Europe. Offering outstanding and authentic Chinese cuisine, Hutong is undeniably a restaurant more than worth a visit, especially to enjoy spectacular sunset views of the city.
This year, Hutong celebrates its 5th birthday with an exclusive menu of its most iconic and adored dishes since its opening in June 2013, created by head chef Fei Wang. Renowned for its striking dishes and delicious Peking duck, Hutong takes influence from Chinese provinces Sichuan and Shandong. Fei incorporates fiery spices from his native region, Sichuan, making the menu a piquant delight. In the 5 years the restaurant has been serving flavoursome dishes, Hutong has welcomed over 600,000 guests to the restaurant and served 60 famous roasted Peking ducks daily!
Upon entering, the Oriental setting with dark wood, red lanterns, and a wishing tree filled with red cards containing visitors’ desires, takes diners on a fascinating trip to China. To add to the Oriental atmosphere and experience, a calligraphy artist was available to write in Chinese. We were greeted with a choice of 2 innovative cocktails, Fui Shi – a colourful and tropical pink rum decorated with a dried orange slice, and Comfortably Numb – a spicy lychee, honey and lime liqueur embellished with a single red chilli and peppercorns lining the rim of the glass, and champagne. We were also offered a selection of canapés, including bamboo shoots dressed with homemade chilli oil from the friendly, attentive staff.
The Hutong menu begins with a tempting selection of the restaurant’s best-loved dim sum dishes: braised mushroom dumpling with black truffle, cuttlefish and shrimp dumpling with squid ink and smelt egg, steamed crispy cod fillet dumpling with tonburi, and XO sauce crystal prawn dumpling. These bitesize appetisers were the perfect start to ease us in to the rest of the incredible dishes that were yet to come.
Next up, was my stand-out dish – the famed roast Peking duck served with crisp homemade pancakes, freshly sliced spring onions and cucumber, and the sweet touch of a rich hoisin sauce. The duck is traditionally hand-prepared by the devoted Hutong chefs and brings a theatrical aspect to the menu as it is carved tableside.
The commemorative menu then offers Sichuan-style crispy yet soft deep-fried lobster with a hint of chilli. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed this, the generous portion meant I couldn’t finish it all. Next, came tender wagyu beef in a hot and sour broth with tasty seafood fried rice, dried salted fish and ginger and wok tossed choy sum.
Finally, the desserts were impossible for my sweet tooth to deny, a slightly bitter yet smooth and velvety chocolate filling in a crispy tart base was beautifully presented opposite a sphere of tangy mandarin sorbet on a wooden board lined with vibrant flowers.
The Hutong 5th anniversary set menu is priced at £88 per person, available Monday – Friday 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.30pm, and Saturday – Sunday 11.30am – 3.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.30pm.
Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY