The brainchild of international restaurateur Rainer Becker (Roka, Zuma etc), Oblix creates an immediate frisson as mesmerised diners survey the capital, laid out below like a three-dimensional Google Earth map. Rising to the skyscraper challenge, Becker has taken multicultural New York for his inspiration here, with a menu of skilful food tailored to the ‘unforgettable’, gasp-inducing backdrop. Starters are mainly salad-based plates, including a knockout assembly of iceberg lettuce, tangy blue cheese and shards of pancetta, while mains look to the rotisserie and grill: veal chop with gremolata and rib-eye steak are both of superlative quality. After that, puddings such as a wondrous chocolate brownie sundae or ‘the best cheesecake outside of New York’ may invoke yet more ‘oohs and aahs’. Service veers from ‘sympathetic’ to ‘incompetent’ and prices are inevitably high, but at least you won’t need to fork out almost £30 for a viewing ticket to the top of the edifice.
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