Hutong – The Shard

I can’t get enough of the The Shard, and being so close to home it’s hard not to love it. I can easily come here from breakfast, lunch and dinner (if my pockets would allow). Hutong has to be up there with one of my favourites. Since it opened in mid 2013 I have been back countless times. As you guys know I’m a sucker for dim sum. And this is one of the best places in London for incredible Chinese food.  As of the other week it is now open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights for drinks too. Oh hello!

Now summer is here if you can try and get up for an early dinner around 7pm, it’s quite dusky and you can stay for a couple of hours watching the sunset over a glorious London, 33 floors up in the air. It’s quite magical. If you can bagsy a window table, it’s super romantic. If you are situated a little away from the window on a bigger table for friends its perfect too. And if you have 8 or more guests then they have some incredible banqueting rooms in the restaurant. These are perfect for dining with clients or if you are celebrating with a fair few people. Lunch time menus are also a little more reasonable if you’re trying to be careful with money but still want to experience the view and the wonderful food.

As you can see this particular visit was in the evening, and it feels as sexy as it looks. Low lighting (So excuse the dim photos) and lanterns everywhere. We went with a couple of friends on this occasion, so lots of cocktails and lots of sharing. How it should be in my opinion. I started with a glass of fizz, naturally. Veuve Clicquot was my choice of poison this evening. Start as you mean to go on 😉 The guys all went for some mixtures of classics and signature Hutong cocktails. An Old Fashioned, which I hear is one of the best in London. And some various tea blend mixtures, all served in cute tankers and bamboo chalices.

At Hutong they have quite an extensive menu, that I could get lost in for days. But I can’t help but order my regulars every time. The Shandong shredded chicken with homemade butterfly buns. Followed by chilled thinly-cut pork belly with cucumber slices (these are a dream) Marinated in chilli and garlic sauce. Roasted Peking duck Served as is traditional in two stages is an absolute must, and it’s great when the chef comes over to carve this for you. The skin is carved off, and the duck meat sliced neatly, with the rest put in a gorgeous rice. Sautéed crispy shredded beef and chilli With carrot and garlic, is a great option for sharing too, goes great with the duck rice. Sichuan-style double-cooked pork belly with Chinese cabbage, leeks, chilli beans, black beans and soya bean paste. Finally with  Hutong’s spicy fried rice with prawns, fennel seeds and chilli oil. Oh and how could I forget the show stopping Dim Sum platter? This includes Rosé champagne shrimp dumpling, scallop and pumpkin dumpling, crystal crab meat dumpling, with assorted vegetable & bamboo pith dumpling. Are you salivating yet?

I’ve already made my next booking, be warned guys. It’s addictive.

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