I can finally sit down and write my first review of dinner in Hutong At The Shard. But before sharing with you the food, let me first start with the view. Only one word to describe the view from The Shard and that is beautiful! It’s like a 360 degree view of London from Hutong, because each dining area will have a glamorous view.
The food is based on Northern China, so dishes are inspired by that area of that country. There are many spicy dishes on the menu but also there are some non-spicy dishes to balance your taste buds out.
We started our meal with two of Hutong signature dishes. The thinly sliced pork belly with cucumber slices with marinated in chilli and garlic sauce (蒜泥白肉) (£9). To enjoy this dish I feel that you will need to dip both a slice of pork belly and cucumber slices in the chilli and garlic sauce.
The chilled spiced razor clams with a Chinese rose wine, fresh garlic and chilli dressing (聖旨到) (£13), which was chewy razor clams. It was a nice dish but I would had prefer my razor clams warm instead of chilled.
When you visit Hutong then apart from the view it is about their Roasted Peking duck (北京烤鴨) (Half £30/Whole £58) which is served in two stages. This is one dish I do recommend to try when you are at Hutong, whether it is half or whole.
The chef will thinly sliced the duck in front of you and lay on a piece of wood lined with banana leaf. This is served as the first stage of the dish where you wrap the duck with cucumber, spring onion and hoi sin sauce in pancake.
Second stage of the duck will come as part of the main dishes which is where the left over meat is diced and stir-fried with red onions and peppers. You wrap the dish with hoi sin sauce in crispy lettuce.
From the barbecue section of the menu and as a main, we tried the Mongolian-style barbecue rack of lamb (蒙古烤羊) (£30), which came presented in a grand basket. The presentation is beautiful but I found the lamb a bit on the dry side.
We also tried the crispy de-boned lamb ribs which the menu state has been marinated for 24 hours, braised and deep-fried (京城羊肉) (£26). The de-boned lamb ribs has a mix of soft and crispy texture.
The fried prawns with salted egg yolk and crab roe sauce (霸王蝦) (£22) was the best prawn dish we tried, as it was full of salted egg yolk flavour.
If you prefer a lighter flavour or not fond of salted egg yolk then you could try the fried prawns with Dragon Well tea leaves (龍井蝦球) (£24).
Grouper fillet in spicy chilli broth with poached with mixed wild mushrooms and Chinese celery (東海龍皇) (£25). At first we did not think it was that spicy but you soon find your mouth becoming numb.
Wok-fried kai-lan with ginger sauce (薑汁玉蘭) (£9)
Hutong Dan Dan noodles (胡同擔擔麵) (£8) which consisted of minced pork and peanut sauce in chilli soup. I would not say it was the best Dan Dan noodle I have tried in London.
The food was interesting and each one beautifully presented. But I found they were not warm enough when they were served at the table.
There are varieties of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to order, whether you enjoying them at Hutong’s bar or accompany with your food. But I always feel if you are having a Chinese meal it is always best to have it with Chinese tea. However, if you need to cool down from the spices then you can go for a refreshing lychee juice.
Apart from admiring the view, take some time to look at the amount of details has gone in to the decoration of the restaurant. The decoration has Oriental inspiration and you feel like you have just entered the world of Asia.
The bill is also served in an Oriental style box, although you might not want to open this box to see what damage to your bank balance. Dining at Hutong does come with a price and you looking around about £50 per head (depending what you order).
Hutong At The Shard
Level 33 The Shard,
31 St Thomas St,
(Prices correct at the time of dining)