One of my friends wasn’t able to make it to my birthday party recently, well… he does actually live in Sydney so it’s forgivable haha, but anyway he was so very sweet to still take me out for dinner later in the week when he was in London to celebrate! He had asked me “Roz is there anywhere particular you’d like to go?” So I got my thinking cap on and started browsing through my (ever growing) list of restaurants to visit in London.
The London food scene is certainly buzzing at the moment and there seems to be a new and exciting restaurant opening almost every day in London, making it very hard to keep up! But one thing that’s been on the top of my list for a while now was to have dinner high above London at the Shard!
The Shard (also referred to as the Shard of Glass) has transformed the London skyline with its striking architecture and standing at 310 meters high it is currently the tallest building in the European Union. In February this year the building opened the View platform (level 72) where you can book tickets to go up to the top of the building for the 360° views in town across London and beyond! This is still something I want to do at some point, but for now eating at one of the restaurants in the building would be the perfect plan for my birthday dinner. Currently the building has three restaurants on the 31-33 floors; Hutong & Aqua Shard and Oblix. After reviewing the restaurants I was most keen to try Oblix The Shard and luckily I was still able to get a booking.
This is the Shard from street level when I arrived for dinner. It was a lovely sunny evening and looking up to the sky I got very excited about dinner and the (bound to be stunning) view overlooking London! It’s a pretty incredible sight, don’t you think?
Oblix The Shard is divided into two spaces; a formal restaurant and a cocktail and lounge bar. You can dine in both areas as they each serve the full dinner menu in the evenings but the lounge also comes with live entertainment from 9pm every evening. I’d read in some reviews that the Lounge was a bit more fun so I had made our reservation for that area. When we arrived our table wasn’t quite ready yet so we joined the swanky London city crowd for a drink at the bar whilst ooeeehing and ahhhhing over the incredible view!
Pretty incredible right?! Sometimes I have to shake myself and think, WOW I actually live in this city…..I love it! Anyway we didn’t have to wait too long at the bar before being taken to our couch and table to get stuck into the food and after a long day at the office we were both pretty hungry!
Oblix is run by Rainer Becker, the man behind popular high end west end restaurants Roka and Zuma. However while those restaurants focus on Asian cuisine, Oblix’s menu is more like that of an American grill – with steaks and rotisserie the main focus here.
For my starter I decided on the tuna tartare which was served with a raw egg and perfectluy thin crispy flatbread. I personally love tuna tartare so I really enjoyed this dish but I know that raw fish and egg isn’t quite everyone’s cup of tea. My friend had the Lobster & scallop Ceviche which was also very delicious and fresh.
For my main course I decided on the Lamb Chops with Harissa & Yoghurt and my friend got the rib-eye steak. We also got some yummy sides to share; the grilled green asparagus, roasted cauliflower with almonds & caper berries and the carrots with orange and ginger.
My lamb was perfectly cooked and the flavours were beautiful. Yes the food at Oblix isn’t cheap (for example my main was £26) but at least the portion sizes are quite decent. We both were actually so full after dinner we didn’t even get dessert. I know, me not getting dessert?! It happens…..haha ;)
Whilst enjoying our dinner and wine, at 9pm a young lady got on the stage in the lounge and she entertained us with her beautiful voice. It made for a buzzing and fun atmosphere but if you want a more quiet dinner for talking, then you are probably better off at the restaurant part of Oblix.
As the sun set over London and the city lights lit up the sky, I enjoyed a nice meal catching up with a good friend. Do I think Oblix it’s worth the price tag? Well the view is impressive and the food was good but not to-die-for-amazing so I personally think just go to the bar (before 9pm; to avoid getting charged a £12 cover charge) for a fun cocktail and see where the night takes you :)
Have you been to Oblix or any of the other restaurants in the Shard yet?
OBLIX The Shard
Level 32, The Shard
31 St Thomas Street
London, SE1 9RY
Phone: 020 7268 6700