Hutong @ The Shard

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Situated on the 33rd floor of the Shard, an 87-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, Hutong is a restaurant serving the diverse cuisines of Northern China.

Thanks to WeSwap, I was able to enjoy a splendid meal here with my best friend.

Hutong is a beautifully decorated restaurant. Shout out to their fancy bathrooms! We were lucky to be seated near the window, although it would have been better if we right by it. Nevertheless, we were able to snap some pictures of London. The view from the Shard is amazing. You see just how breathtaking London actually is. I’ve actually had the luck of being up the Shard before because of several interviews I had after I graduated, but honestly, the view gets me every time.

Our waiter was very friendly, and everything we ordered came quickly! Considering he said that the kitchen was busy, our orders came faster than we expected.

We started off by ordering cocktails. I went for the Nวšwรกng – Snow Queen vodka, cucumber, chilli, lychee liqueur, lime, sugar syrup and soda. Absolutely delicious! I love the mason jar it came in and the flower that garnished it. So pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

flower child.

flower child.

We then moved onto starters. We hit some difficulty here because they have quite a selection to choose from. We ended up going for the crispy prawn rolls. Our waiter said they were the best prawn rolls in the world. We were speculative at first, but we’d definitely have to agree after trying. They were just the right amount of crispy and not too spicy. There was no dipping sauce, which was sad, but ah well.

crispy prawn rolls filled with prawns, mixed seafood and vegetables

crispy prawn rolls filled with prawns, mixed seafood and vegetables

Now our mains were something we were very happy with. After much deliberation we ordered fried chicken fillet with Sichuan dried chilli, sautรฉed crispy shredded beef and chilli with carrot and garlic, fried noodle with seasonal vegetable and minced pork and fennel seed dumplings.

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Our waiter said that the chicken was very spicy but bah! We handled that like bosses.

delicious goodness.

delicious goodness.

My favourite was the crispy shredded beef, which was lovely and sticky. The noodles were thick, which is exactly how I like my noodles and I loved the touch of pepper to add a little sweetness to the dish. The fennel was strong in the dumplings, but not overwhelmingly so and dipped in the soy sauce/chilli sauce it was really nice. As mentioned, the chicken was spicy but not too spicy and also very tender!

What I love about Hutong is that this is high end Chinese food. Forget your Chinese takeaway full of heart attack inducing food; Hutong boasts quality meat and vegetables. Their seafood is delicious and everything tastes so fresh. It reminded me of when I visited China where everything just tastes so much better.

Overall, Hutong is a lovely experience. It is quite expensive, but as a treat it is definitely somewhere you’ll want to visit. Plus the view is amazing.

16 Comments

  1. August 7, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Yeah, I would love to taste some high quality Chinese food instead of what we have in the states or other places. I bet Hutong does not compare to anything I’ve ever eaten, I think I’ll say that much. Looks so yummy~!

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:36 am

      You could even try making high quality Chinese food at home. They use so much oil in the takeaway places, that all you’d need to do is use less oil :))

  2. August 8, 2015 / 5:47 am

    That’s such a nice view! I wish I had time to visit the Shard the last time I was in London. I was able to get some nice photos from the London Eye at least ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yum, all the food you got looks delicious. Those crispy prawn rolls look awesome, but I agree. I always like a sauce with my rolls! I’m also a fan of thick noodles and that dish sounds really good.

    I’m glad you had a good experience at Hutong!

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:39 am

      Next time you’re in London, definitely try the Shard! I love the London Eye, I’ve been on it like 5 times, haha.

  3. August 8, 2015 / 6:44 am

    YUM! Hutong looks like quite an experience! The view is amazing, and the food all looks delicious. It does look pricey, but at least everything is worth it by them using quality ingredients! I would totally indulge in something this pricey once in a while as a special treat! :3

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:40 am

      I definitely need to go back again! Maybe if I win more vouchers, haha.

  4. August 8, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be so high up and eating a meal. I think I’d get distracted by looking out the window ๐Ÿ™‚

    The view looks lovely, the funny thing (to me) is how modern it all looks. I always think of London buildings as being 100’s of years old but obviously there is a mix of both.

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:42 am

      I think it was a good idea that we weren’t /too/ close to the window, because I definitely would have been distracted as well. Haha.

      We’re going through a big change right now – majority of our buildings look old, but there are some parts where it is very gentrified. It’s going to look all new and modern soon!

  5. August 9, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Wow! This restaurant is awesome with it having a fancy view outside the window! I hope I can be this fancy some day ;). It’s awesome when your service is great and the food is delicious. Anything coming out of a mason jar is awesome.

    The food looks so yummy! With this place being a high end Chinese food restaurant, I expect it to not give you a heart attack at the very least ;). Glad you liked it!

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Don’t worry, Nance, you’re already fancy ๐Ÿ™‚ I really want to buy some of my own mason jars, so I can be awesome at home. Lol.

  6. August 9, 2015 / 5:23 am

    Everything looks so good! <3 It's funny when restaurants warn you about the spiciness when it's really nothing. XD

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:43 am

      I can totally handle spiciness ๐Ÿ˜› I can see why they’d warn you though, if you’re not used to it.

  7. Ruth Harwood
    August 10, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I would love to go there, the view and the food look amazing!!

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:44 am

      You should definitely go and visit!

    • Chynna
      August 11, 2015 / 11:44 am

      Haha, it was amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

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