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|Address:||Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9SY|
|Tel:||020 7268 6700|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun -3pm) 6-10.30pm|
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Unfortunately our meal at Oblix last night left a lot to be desired. We arrived early for a couple of cocktails and were told our table in the lounge was ready so we could enjoy our cocktails there. Great, we thought, until we were taken to a table that was still littered with dirty glasses and plates from the previous guests. We were told to order our drinks at the bar while they re-set the table. The glasses and plates were cleared but the table was not re-set so we proceeded to sit down and wait. The first round of cocktails took 15-20 minutes to arrive. The second round of drinks took over 30 minutes, and so it continued.
When the time ticked over to our meal reservation, we had to prompt the staff for menus…twice. The waitress proceeded to tell us that she recommended we order a few dishes for each course and share. This would mean that the dishes would be brought out when ready. We thought this was a strange concept as the menu was definitely not designed to be ‘shared’. We went against her recommendation and ordered our own starters and main courses.
We had to ask for the complimentary bread as it was not offered. When the bread arrived we were still without plates, cutlery and napkins. After 10 minutes of waiting we kindly reminded the waitress that we had no plates for the bread. She brought over the plates. We then had to ask her for knives for the butter. We then had to ask her for napkins. She only brought over one napkin so we had to ask her for another four (for the remaining guests). She then brought over three napkins so we were one short. By this point it was getting comical.
One of my guests starters arrived – it was the cold burrata, tomato & olive dish. We waited patiently for 30 minutes for the other cold starters to arrive with absolutely no commentary from the waitress. Now it was becoming clear why she recommended we ‘share’ dishes. It was likely due to the fact the kitchen hadn't worked out how to run a professional kitchen yet. It was absolutely amazing that a cold starter could arrive 30 minutes before the rest – I could not fathom how an error like that could occur.
Unfortunately my yellow tail starter was poor. Yellow tail is a fish to be showcased, not drowned in a vinegar sauce that makes it impossible to taste anything else. The pickled onions served with the fish were too similar to the vinegar sauce and there were no contrasting flavours. A real disappointment. My guests did not rave about their starters either.
The mains arrived, all at the same time thank god. My rib eye was cooked well and the meat was tender. I don't understand why they decided to cut up my steak for me – I am not a child. I honestly thought that the sad looking ‘chimichuri sauce’ was the salad dressing. I have never seen such a sad looking chimichuri sauce. The mac & cheese was probably the best part of the meal.
The deserts were OK – the chocolate brownie sundae was nothing special. Too much whipped cream. The chocolate tart was quite nice although nothing really stood out. The best part of the deserts was the selection of sorbets and ice creams we chose. I would recommend the raspberry and mango personally.
Overall, for over £120 per head we were left extremely disappointed. The view was a momentary saviour. The service at Oblix really needs to be improved if they want to drum up repeat business. For the majority of our night it felt as though we were doing the waitresses job which is unacceptable when paying top dollar for a meal. The only situation that would see me returning to Oblix would be for the music and cocktails.