Thursday, 25 December 2014

Hutong 胡同 @The Shard - London

Happy Christmas to everyone and to all of those working today!!

It's been an almost quiet week at work and I think one deserves to go to a posh dining restaurant to chill, relax and enjoy the view from The Shard.

Yesterday I went out with Miss Posh as a get together before the end of the year. I think I reserved my table in September as there were no tables to book for anytime earlier. Tables sell like hotcakes at The Shard, so make sure you pre-book everything if you're wanting a nice table by the window.

I got to London Bridge and decided to have a tiny walk around before Miss Posh got there. But anyway I had to go into the restaurant by myself... I practically got lost trying to find the right entrance to Hutong! XD
Guess where the entrance is!
Hutong is on the 33rd Floor in The Shard but you actually get a lift up to the 32nd floor and then there's a bit of walking up some stairs.

The meaning of Hutong 胡同  is "alley" or a "neighbourhood" and are commonly found in Beijing. I only see them in films and Chinese dramas. ^_^




When I got there I was seated straight away and then given a menu later. Miss Posh was late. Thankfully I went straight from work! I had a browse through the menu and had decided what I wanted... I kept sms-ing Miss Posh, and finally in the end I ordered my food plus a gin and tonic in the meantime. 

My starter came out first. Pork slices and cucumber with some spicy hoisin sauce. Blimey! The hoisin sauce was good. I was starving so I had a few. I was actually choking as I was inhaling the sauce and I still have a cold. But this is definitely good stuff. I could have more of these. 
Thinly-cut pork belly with cucumber slices
Sorry for the darkness... but the dip was good!

Yummy!!!!
Finally Miss Posh arrived. We moved seats to be closer to the window and I managed to break a wine glass with my bag. Oh dear. Thankfully I didn't need to pay for the glass! Phew. And she ordered some more food.

Here's the rest of the food we had...

This is Hutong's Spicy Fried Rice. For Northern Chinese food, this is quite spicy! But I did like it as it tasted like sticky rice, something what my dad would make in Hakka style.
Hutong's Spicy Fried Rice
Fried noodles with Seasonal Vegetables was unusual. It tasted like udon or thick spaghetti. Tasted like it was cooked in a light tomato sauce but not sure. Wish there a bit more seasonal vegetables in there but nevermind.
Fried noodles with Seasonal Vegetables
Spicy Minced Pork Dumplings were great! I think it didn't need to be dipped into any sauces and eating it plain was good. I couldn't taste the spiciness but it was good stuff. I recommend this!
Spicy Minced Pork Dumplings
 Here's our food...
Our food
In the end we ordered Jasmine tea. Good stuff. It gets quite strong when brewed for too long. Not sure if they are allowed to top this up with hot water.
Having jasmine tea

Jasmine Tea
Total cost came to £75.38 including water and a pineapple juice. I think they forgot to charge for the tea. But that might just be a Christmas gift for us (I hope that was the case!). Expensive but worth it! I've heard some people have spent more than this! Well, it does cost around £30 to go to the top of The Shard anyway. 
The bill

Went to the Ladies afterwards, and I was amazed!! I took some pictures of the view as well as the sink area... I love the tap. Looks like they really took great care of the design of the restaurant and toilet area. 
View from the Ladies

Sorry for wasting water


They provide towels to wipe your hands!! Wow
Might not be a posh geek but at least I tried to be. ^_^ LOL!!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points: 
- Great night view from the window
- Service is polite and good
- Dumplings taste good
- Beautiful Ladies room!! You can get a view from there if you don't sit by the window

Bad points:
- A bit expensive - but of course this place is for top diners and for those who can afford it!!
- Reserving a table will take forever
- Service charge

Address: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Telephone: 020 3011 1257

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