Aqua Shard (restaurant)
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A double-height modern European restaurant on the thirty-first floor of the Shard.
There’s one really good reason to go to Aqua Shard: the view. It’s epic. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls stretch to double height, so wherever you sit – there isn’t really a ‘bad’ table – you’ll feel engulfed by the capital’s glorious skyline. The food is please-all hotel menu fodder: modern European with the occasional Asian dish thrown in. And is generally decent, as you should expect for these prices (£18-ish for starters, £30-ish for mains and so on). Red meat is a strength. There was a well-seasoned Hereford beef tartare, nicely offset by capers, mild micro-dollops of horseradish cream and crunchy, Lilliputian onion rings. Then a saddle of Welsh lamb: two short, stocky slabs of tender meat accompanied by pile of coco beans, a spiced lamb meatball and an intense, tangy jus. From the fish, a fillet of seared halibut with aioli and charred leeks was fine, if somewhat undeserving of a £42 price tag. But a starter of yellowfin tuna with bloody mary jelly was dismal: the cubes of fish were fridge-cold and had an unpleasant metallic tang. For £18.50.
We didn’t stick around for dessert. And not just because we’d already blown the budget, but because of the service. Or, more accurately, lack of. Our waiter completely disappeared for long periods. We tried to ask a passing staffer for help, only to be rebuffed with ‘you’ll have to ask your waiter’. This offhand attitude seemed the norm: we asked the chap polishing glasses where to find the loos and he waved his arm vaguely, without even looking up. The cloakroom assistant did the same, answering a simple question without making eye contact. Arrogance? Indifference? Who knows. It’s certainly not good hospitality. Still, if you’ve never experienced your ears popping as you take the express lift, or have never gawped at this view, I won’t blame you for wanting to. Just bring your thickest skin.
Aqua shard events
With stunning panoramic views of London and a stylish cosmopolitan interior, aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, is the hottest destination for events.
Offering contemporary British cuisine and innovative cocktails, aqua shard has the capacity, experience and wow factor to host a variety of events including film premieres, cocktail receptions, exclusive breakfast, lunches and dinners, product launches and more.
31 St Thomas St
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £140.|
|Opening hours:||Lunch Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday (except Bank Holidays): 12.00pm – 2.30pm Dinner Monday – Sunday: 5.00pm – 8.15pm Afternoon Tea Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12.15pm – 4.15pm Weekend Brunch Saturday - Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10.30am – 2.30pm|
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