Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
+44 20 3011 1257
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Its own bar, replete with traditional red lanterns, takes up the north east corner of western Europe’s tallest building and features a cocktail selection inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. With drinks that boast they’ll cure you of ailments as diverse as flu and phlegm it’s a quirky juxtaposition with the slick operation and glass walls that offer jaw-dropping views over the City and east. Skilled bartenders courageously combine diverse spirits and liqueurs where others would struggle with the contrasting flavours. Drinks come in fancy glasses, with prices to match.
While the raison d’eat at Hutong is the menu of spicy dishes from China’s southwest and the heartier dishes from the north, lunchtime visitors who want to avoid spice all together can stick with the more delicate flavours of the dim sum menu. Hutong does credit to the growing trend for offbeat Chinese dishes. The service was good, the prices high, but then this is the Shard, not Chinatown. It’s a good date restaurant. This London branch of Hutong shouldn’t be left to the tourists and the expats.
Service here is lovely: engaged and relaxed where in other Chinese places it rarely reaches beyond the functional.But the view is not a mere add on to this. As with my pee break it provides meaning. It is integral to being here. Put this food at ground level and, at these prices, a baying mob would quickly gather. But up here with the crystal gash of London spread out beneath you, instant memories are made; a Tuscan sun dunks itself in the river and for a moment, even as your wallet lightens, all is right with the world.