Aqua Shard 22

Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, , London, SE1 9RY

020 7768 3416

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SquareMeal Review of Aqua Shard

Swankily appointed Aqua Shard has one astonishing USP – 31 floors up on the Shard, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views, mainly across the urban sprawl leading to the North Downs. The views and the location alone should just about guarantee a full house every night, but it would be remiss to minimise the sterling contribution made by current head chef Dale Osborne (ex-Terroirs). With some mains breaking the £40 barrier, eating here isn’t cheap, but in return you’ll be offered some skilfully rendered and reassuringly seasonal modern British food: jellied ham hock with pickled heritage carrots and parsley oil; fillet of John Dory with Scottish girolles, sea beet, pickled samphire and lentils; Merrifield Farm duck breast with seared duck hearts and slow-roasted Evesham beets; cherry Bakewell tart with cherry sauce. Useful tip: they’re also open for breakfast, weekend brunch and afternoon tea, though prices are as sky-high as the views. Readers also reckon that drinks are “somewhat expensive”.

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London Restaurant Festival 2017 - 3-course lunch & bellini £38 per person

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

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Market lunch menu - 2 courses £32, 3 courses £36 per person

From: 18 May 2017

To: 10 November 2017

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Food & Drink: 8.2

Service: 8.4

Atmosphere: 8.9

Value: 6.9

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Charlotte H. bronze reviewer 29 March 2017

Myself and a friend decided to go to the Aqua Shard bar on pancake day to try their special pancake cocktail. Please be mindful that there is a dress code, and no trainers or sportswear are permitted. We were in our work clothes, so this was not a problem. We originally sat on an un-allocated table near the bar which was very nice, but after about 10 minutes the barman offered to move us to a nice window seat which was great. Even though Aqua is not that high, the views are brilliant and you have a lovely view of the new city (walkie talkie/cheese grater/tower 42) and the old, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The service was very nice, they are very professional and smart, I have only given 4 stars as we had to ask twice for a straw as the waiter had forgotten. The cocktail was amazing, expensive, but it was worth it as it was delicious and the view made it very special. We will definitely go back and would recommend the bar to anyone looking for a nice setting to catch up with friends or a great place for a date.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 2.0

Phil L. 21 September 2015

Brilliant views across London. Fabulous atmosphere, with some of the best people watching in the capital. But awful food. Some very odd flavour combinations that nobody else is doing, probably with good reason. One main course completely inedible but still charged for. But they can turn the tables 3 or 4 times a night without having to worry about repeat business so it was very obvious they did not care. Recommend you go for the drama, but plan to eat elsewhere later.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Celia R. 25 August 2015

I had an amazing time at the Aqua Shard,my birthday was fantastic the views are just breathtaking,the service was ecxelent and my food just delicious,apart of that I had the bellini prosecco cocktails were just great. I can higly reccomend this place to everyone.Thank you guys you made my day so SPECIAL(; and for sure I'll come back. Celia Ramirez

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Breda S. 06 July 2015

I went to the Aqua Shard on Saturday 024/07/2015 and I to say I was disappointed with the food was an understatement. Originally the booking was made by way of an offer for a meal for £30 when we asked about it they said that the menu they had it was the only one, which we accepted. There were 8 of us altogether and we ordered our meal. Our starter of Lobster was nice but the main meal there was not enough food on the plate. I ordered the lamb and I it was not cooked properly it was raw in places (I did not complain but I should have). O n my plate I had 2 slices of lamb, 3 French beans, 2 small carrots about1"long and 2 potatoes the size of marbles. I can honestly say that I could have cooked a better meal it was so meagre and just did not look inviting enough. My brother in law order sword fish and it was so small he sent it back. The desert was also a joke my sister ordered chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet, the portion was so small I would have only filled up a young baby who had just started on solids. Our bill came to £566.and pence and I begrudged every penny. I feel like I have been conned it was an absolute disgrace and I would never recommend any one to eat there. I would never go back.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Mauricio A. 13 May 2015

My girlfriend and me visited The Shard at night to try out the view from level 32. We were not only amazed by the espectacular view but were also exceptionally surprised by the atmosphere in Aqua Shard. The dinner was delicious and the service made sure that we had aun unforgettable experience. I also have to say that we were lucky and got one of the best tables on the window corner. I highly recommend this restaurant - is definitively worth a visit!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Lorraine K. 11 April 2015

The food was excellent, but the choice was disappointing. We had to order extra veg as the veg described was not sufficient. I think 2 1/2 brussels was beyond a joke. The drinks were very expensive and the coffee was the most bitter I have tasted. I normally drink black coffee, but I had to add milk and sugar to make it drinkable. The atmosphere was good and we had a table right by the window. Despite booking several months in advance the only desert option for diabetics was a fruit plate or cheese and biscuits, a bit of a disappointment to my husband, to watch me eating my excellent desert.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

jack r. 24 March 2015

I’ve been here 3 times now and sadly its fall in standard oh so slightly each time. I’m a professional chef for a major catering company so i know good food. but here it’s starting to dip. being head chef of Kudos delivered we were voted best catering company 2 years in a row. sadly i also know what a fall in standards looks like and these guys are at the threshold. we had the fish ornell and it was good but tbh no much better than you can get in so many places priced much better. I would go back but with some trepidation.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 16 January 2015

This is, in my view, the best out of all of the restaurants in the Shard. In addition to great views, the food is also equally great. Service is always good, food is impeccable and always superbly presented. Desserts are normally a disappointment but here again, they managed to succeed.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Danielle M. 21 December 2014

As an attribute to the building, one expects a breath taking view from the Shard. There was no shortcoming to that effect, but the most phenomenal part of my experience was the service and food which tied the experience together in a way I can only describe as being Absolutely Fantastic! From entrance to exit it felt like I was in a fairyland. Cocktails were had at the Atrium Bar whilst taking in the beautiful view in a modern and elegantly styled room. The fruity flavours bursting from our drinks were delectably complimentary, highlighting the obvious talents of the mixologists. Then dessert and a champagne reception were had in one of the private rooms offering a panoramic view of the city. Through the fantastic decor and setting, the food and service outdid themselves and was definitely was noted. For dessert I had the David's Mess, this is a rendition of the Eton Mess. Who knew that guava, raspberry and Chantilly complimented each other so well? Obviously David did! The presentation and taste were phenomenal. It's funny and I have to mention, the smoothness of the service in that one minute the table was empty and another my dessert was served without me noticing it being placed, it was like magic! I'm eager to return to Aqua to try more of what it offers, especially as it’s reasonably priced.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

richard u. 09 December 2014

I came to Aqua Sard with dear friend of mine for Our annual Xmas dinner, very special occasion and it was special all the way right from the start when we arrived and were welcomed by friendly Aqua Shard host to amazing staff, stunning view, fine dining experience basically everything was Xmas is about magick! Highly recommend it ... The Veal carpaccio is Must!

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Special offers

London Restaurant Festival 2017 - 3-course lunch & bellini £38 per person

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

Max: 8

Market lunch menu - 2 courses £32, 3 courses £36 per person

From: 18 May 2017

To: 10 November 2017

Max: 8

Brunch menu - 3 courses, £48 per person

From: 26 April 2016

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 0