The Shard, the tallest building in London and the UK is home to the Shangri La Hotel and its restaurant TīNG which opened in April 2013 on the level 35. The restaurant offers a 360 degree view of breathtaking London. It’s the main restaurant of the hotel located near London Bridge station. TīNG Shangri La Shard restaurant is on the same floor as the reception of the hotel. As soon as you leave the lift, you are faced with a stylish and elegant reception area. The restaurant which follows the same decoration is enhanced with the stunning views of the city.
I was so excited when my sister mentioned that she wanted to book TīNG restaurant for her husband’s birthday. I have always wanted to go to the Shard to experience the unique view. After she confirmed the booking, I thought what a better way than experience the view while have a delicious meal and good company?
Viewing experience at TīNG Shangri La
I arrived earlier than the others which wasn’t bad as I took the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of London by night. When they finally arrived, we were escorted to our table. I was quite pleased that we were given a table by the window. Our table gave us a lovely view of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and even Canary Wharf. It was quite entertaining seeing the trains coming and leaving London Bridge station! Surprisingly, the restaurant was quite busy considering it was a Monday night.
Dining experience at TīNG Shangri La
The menu at TīNG is described as Modern European but with a touch of Asian influences. The waiter was quick to inform us of all the dishes that were available without gluten.
After about ten minutes reviewing the menu, we went for dishes from the European a la carte menu. Our dining experience started with a beetroot salad with goats’ cheese curd, cured salmon with beetroot and Dorset crab and finally roasted pumpkin soup. I absolutely loved my starter; the beetroot complemented with the balsamic sauce was just divine.
Following on from the starter, we settled for sirloin steak and filet of halibut served with sides of miso honey roasted vegetables and kale. The steak was delicious and cooked to perfection. The fish was perfect too, soft on the inside and flaky on the outside.
Sweet and dessert at TīNG Shangri La
The dessert part of the meal is usually my favourite. However on this occasion, I wasn’t that sold. I opted for the Vegan Sticky Date Apple Pudding but found the sponge cake to be hard instead of the usual moist texture. The Salted Caramel Mousse was delicious.
The service was efficient yet friendly. The dining experience at TīNG was perfect although the bill at the end was the highest I have ever seen (£80 per head). I guess for delightful food and a stunning view, it is to be expected. I would love to go back but during the day. Well, I better save up!
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Location: Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London
Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
Tube station: London Bridge
Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am (Mon – Sun)
Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner: 6pm – 11.15pm (Mon – Sun)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Phone: (44 20) 7234 8108