Prior to moving out of London I was living in a house in Wapping. From my bedroom window I had direct views out to the Shard and over the years I watched Europe’s tallest building grow and grow until it was finally opened to the public in summer 2013. By that point I was living in Barcelona, eating a lot of tapas and enjoying the Gaudi architecture. Nevertheless, I had been hearing from ex-colleagues and friends that the new restaurants in the upper levels of the Shard with their interesting cuisine and spectacular views were worth a visit. So when I was asked this summer whether I wanted to visit Hutong on Level 33 I jumped at the chance. David Yeo’s huge restaurant offers contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. I was there with two of my favourite London City business women to sample the dim sum set lunch menu.
I will get back to the food but first the restaurant. It is beautifully decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns, wood panelling, tiled bricks and elegant crockery and tableware. The weather was fantastic which made the views over London even more impressive. I do love looking out over London and I can’t imagine a better view than the one we had during our lunch. It is simply stunning.
Service from the moment we arrived was perfect, our host of waiters were all eager to please and incredibly attentive. They were also making suggestions with the wine and additional dim sum that would complement the choices we had already made from the extensive menu. From experience dim sum can be quite hit or miss and I have often found myself disappointed with slimy pockets of dried meat placed in front of me. Excellent dim sum is hard to find. In Hutong, you don’t have to look too hard at the menu to find excellent dim sum.
The restaurant offers traditional dumplings, rolls and buns alongside more unusual choices such as the Rosé Champagne shrimp dumplings, which were amazing, and a variety of lamb dishes – a meat not normally used in Chinese cuisine. The staff were particularly accommodating for our various dietary requirements, between the three of us we had a vegan and an overly cautious pregnant lady (me). The wine and cocktail selection, I was informed, were both very good and I did very much enjoy my virgin mojito.
With its incredible food, stunning views and fantastic service Hutong is the perfect restaurant to take clients or over-seas guests that need to be impressed. The restaurant also has a number of private-dining options which I would highly recommend for board dinners and client entertainment.
Hutong: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Dim Sum set lunch, 5 savoury dims sum dishes at 28 pounds per person. Monday -Friday 12-2.45 p.m only. Reservations 020 3011 1257.