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Soaring straight to the top of London’s skyscraper charts (just behind Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba), Ting by Shangri-La occupies Level 35 of The Shard. The minimalist decor is plush but plain, with gently
oriental-themed furniture and wall hangings leaving the impressive cross-city views to do the talking. The skyline is a good match for a cosmopolitan menu that uses seasonal British ingredients in
pan-European dishes, many sprinkled with bright Asian flavours in a nod to the hotel’s Far East heritage. Plump, succulent scallops come prettily served with edible flowers on a creamy carrot purée
that’s lifted by ginger, mandarin and coriander, while meaty halibut responds well to the teriyaki treatment – although a robustly flavoured yet delicate rib-eye steak with truffle jus provided the
standout when we visited. Off -the-wall wine matches from the charismatic sommelier also make a big impression. In short, Ting is slick, sexy and safe, with flavours and views to match.
The swanky new Shangri-La hotel has just opened at the Shard, the tallest building in London, and indeed Western Europe. Occupying floors 34-52, it is London’s most high-rise hotel, and one of the most anticipated new openings in the capital. On entry to the ground floor reception, high speed lifts whisk you up to the main hotel lobby on the 35th floor, which impresses with spaciousness, understated opulence (all grey marble,) and floor-to-ceiling windows wherever you look, to make the most of the fantastic views. The restaurant, Ting, occupies most of this level, along with the adjoining Ting Lounge, which serves...
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