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 Nǚwáng – 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 🙂
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.
Now our mains were something we were very happy with. After much deliberation we ordered fried chicken fillet with Sichuan dried chilli, sautéed crispy shredded beef and chilli with carrot and garlic, fried noodle with seasonal vegetable and minced pork and fennel seed dumplings.
Our waiter said that the chicken was very spicy but bah! We handled that like bosses.
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.