Review on Hutong at The Shard
Singaporean-born former British Lawyer David Yeo who founded the Aqua Restaurant Group launched Hutong at the Shard in June 2013, the second restaurant to open in London's landmark 72-storey skyscraper, the tallest building in Western Europe. Located on the 33rd floor with a three storey high atrium bar which links to its sibling restaurant Aqua, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of London in all its splendour. The original Hutong in Hong Kong is also located in a skyscraper, a Michelin starred restaurant that takes its name from the labyrinths of alleyways most commonly associated with Beijing.
David Yeo worked closing with the architects of the restaurant creating a dramatic and swish interior featuring traditional Chinese red lanterns, stunning hand-carved wood panelling, a wall of tea brick tiles created by compressing dried Chinese tea and vintage tea canisters dating back to the 1940's, paying homage to the link between China and London with its old tea warehouses. All the furniture was shipped from China and bespoke china plates and tableware were made exclusively for the restaurant.
The menu developed by Head Chef Bing Luo specialises in Northern Chinese cuisine, taking inspiration from the dishes served in the Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces of China. Famous for its fiery spices and hot peppers, the food has been toned down to accommodate the Western palate, with signature dishes such as Red Lantern crispy soft shell crab with Sichuan dried peppers and the hand-prepared Imperial Peking Duck, roasted in Hutong's dedicated duck oven, carved at the table and then wrapped with pancakes.
There's an excellent wine list to accompany the vast menu, with a large selection of whiskies, gin, tequilas, vodka and a well-crafted concise cocktail list using herbal Chinese medicine.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00 -10.45pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express