It’s not everyday that you get to go 32 floors up the Shard for a fancy nancy lunch at Hutong. I booked it months in advance for my mums birthday and surprised her on the day.
The building its self is incredible. Everything is incredibly modern and quintessentially British!
We were so lucky to be able to have a window seat, our view was gorgeous, to the right was the City; the Sky Gardens, the Gherkin, London Bridge etc and to the left of us was Embankment and Southbank.
We decided to go for the Set menu, on this we had a entree of soup which was Jade Tofu and Halitbut soup. When it arrived mum said it looked like frog spawn, and to be honest if I could imagine what frog spawn tasted like this was close!
For our starter we had dim sum. A beautiful array of dumplings were served in all sorts of different colours. They looked and tasted delicious! My favourite one by far was the rosé champagne shrimp dumpling.
For our main we had a mixture of seafood and meat; Ma la baby cuttlefish fried with dried chilli and wok fried chicken with Sichuan black bean and ginger sauce. The chicken was to die for, and the rice was beautifully presented in a dome shape.
For dessert we were served my ultimate favourite; mango mousse! It was delicious and thankfully my mum doesn’t like mango so I got to have her desert too!!
Just as we thought we had experienced all the surprises they served us the bill in a large fancy red treasure chest which had beautiful intricate designs on both the inside and out.
As we got ready to leave we noticed on the tree inside the restaurant there were lots of red tags which had pictures of animals on and on the reverse side were some blank lines for you to write a wish which would come true before the Chinese New Year. We thought this was such a lovely touch to our experience and the waitress was open to explaining it all to us.
After our meal we went to collect our coats and popped to the toilet as one of my friends had told me they were very cool, and boy she was right! The decor was incredible, so quirky, and the view was amazing! The taps were bamboo style and the doors were louvre style in gorgeous deep red colours, definitely a bathroom I will never forget!