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|Address:||Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY|
|Tel:||020 7768 3416|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £71.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon–Fri 7-10.30am 12N-2.45pm 3-5pm Sat–Sun 10.30am-3.30pm Mon–Sun 6-10.45pm|
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Having been recently based in HK and Aqua Tokyo being one of our favourite restaurants there we were quite excited that London now had its version.
So on entering the 32nd floor restaurant with floor to ceiling windows with the magnificent views of London stretching from Tower Bridge to the Battersea power station, which was almost interchangeable with it's HK counterpart and its view of HK island and its dark spot lit table interior.
The food was good but far from Michelin standard. I started with foie gras & fat hen terrine served with truffle cream, violette artichoke and pickled chanterelle, which was a big slice of foie terrine with a chicken core and a side of mushrooms with a generous portion of sliced truffle on top. Very delicious.
For main I had the pork chop served with buck-wheat pancake, spiced fruit chutney, black pudding, heirloom tomato and pork and orange jus. Which was a nice juicy chop, which was maybe a tad over cooked, the black pudding although tasty was a more of a mouse than what you're used to for breakfast.
You need to order your side dishes separately, and we went for buttery mash and grilled corn on the cob.
To finish I had a cheese cake, which was pleasant enough as cheesecake go.
The service while prompt was very much out of place for the style and aspirations of the restaurant. You are greeted on exit of the lift who radio to the waiting staff at the bottom of the entrance stairs, but on arrival they were quite unaware of who you were or where you'd come from. We had to flag a waiter to get the cocktail menu for an aperitif before our meal. Knives and folks were almost put on top of our hands as they were in the waiter's way. Asking if we needed sides the waiter just told us she liked mash. They got the order a little wrong too, we ordered corn and were brought steamed greens although this was quickly corrected. If I was in a pub it would of been in keeping but not for a restaurant trying to be high end.
Price wise we spent £175 for the two of us, with about £65 of which was drinks.
I'd recommend the restaurant as the views sell it hands down and the food is pretty good. I'd not recommend it for any more than one visit as the food isn't exciting enough and service too poor to warrant a second visit.