Hutong at The Shard

December 05, 2013
I'm in bed with either a cold or the flu (what's the difference?). Nearly a year to the date the same thing happened to me, but last year I had D who rushed back early from his business trip in Russia to nurse me. This year I only have a box of Buttermint tea. *sad face* Seeing as I've been incapacitated and will be trapped here for another day or so I thought I might as well post some photos I took at Hutong on Monday.



Obligatory lift selfie. The lift is programmed to automatically take one up to the 32nd floor where one either takes the stairs up or down to Hutong, Oblix, and Aqua. Am I jaded for not having my ears pop as the lift raced a thousand feet in the air? I've seen the world, done it all, had my cake now...try the 57th floor and I might be impressed.






Love the rustic approach to displaying toiletries.


















The food was...underwhelming. Before I went to Hutong a couple of people told me not to bother, but I thought I'd see what the fuss was all about. Maybe I'm not the biggest fan of Sichuan cooking, but my mother is, and she said it was a let down. Maybe it's because I'm Chinese and I've eaten the best Chinese food in the world, from Beijing to Hong Kong to Malaysia. Maybe we didn't order the best dishes, but still. Maybe it was because they didn't have one of the two puddings I wanted and it wrapped up the whole experience as irredeemable (I take desserts very seriously).

I guess what Hutong lacks for in flavour and food, they make up for in presentation (not of the food, but everything else) and decor. Oh, and that the spotlight right in the middle of the table is bright enough that you can take food photos which don't have to edited in Photoshop for clarity...there's a silver lining if I ever did see one.



At least when the bill came for our mediocre meal, it was prettily presented in a lacquered box so as to shave some insult off the injury. 


I have been accused of being wasteful and frivolous with my money but even I couldn't help but be annoyed. For that price I could have bought at least half a pair of good shoes...


...a ceiling mirror selfie to appease my vanity and to end this blog post on a more merry note.

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6 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Well the interior is really special I'll give them that. The food looks good (in pics).
    If you ever step out all the way to Prague (Or, well, Rhodes - the only two locations) DO go & eat at SaSaZu. This place reminded me of it. The difference is, not only it is stunning, but also the food is sent from the heavens. ;-)

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    1. I will definitely do, I've been wanting to go to Prague for a while! Is spring a good time to visit? x

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    2. Spring is the best time (It comes in rather late though so perhaps end of spring/early summer...)!

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  2. The interior reminds me of the revolving restaurant at the top of the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore (I suppose the view is pretty similar too!) but I agree, the photos look a bit... underwhelming. Chinese food isn't exactly the easiest thing to photograph but when they charge such a ridiculous amount for green beans and sorbet (?), you expect them to do something vaguely special.

    I was convinced that I wouldn't give in and try the place anyway; but now you've doubly-convinced me!

    On another note, where on earth do you find £50 notes these days?! I want!

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    1. Don't bother with Hutong. In fact all my friends who've tried the restaurants at The Shard (Oblix, Aqua) have told me not to bother with any of them, full stop.

      £50 notes are all the ATMS in Canary Wharf dispenses! And also when you get money out at the bank (at the cashier, one of the perks of losing your bank cards all the time) you can ask for denominations of 50 to make your wallet less heavy. Do you know that Singapore hands out S$10,000 notes? That's like £5k a note! So handy!
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