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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016London flagship of the Hong Kong-based Aqua Group, this luxe eatery on Level 33 of The Shard is nigh on impossible beat for its beautiful interiors, glamorous vibes and “spectacular views”. Despite ‘hutong’ bringing to mind Beijing’s backstreets, the menu’s a sophisticated mix of Szechuan and Northern Chinese, with some “absolutely exquisite” Cantonese dim sum for good measure. Recent highlights have included Shandong shredded chicken (for stuffing into fluffy buns), boned lamb ribs (braised then stir-fried), and a plate of “soft, yielding and deeply savoury” braised beef in aged vinegar and ginger sauce. The full-on version of Peking duck is simply “fantastic”, and there’s also ma-po tofu, with a blend of chilli and Szechuan pepper giving it that distinctive numbing-hot effect known as ma-la. Spicing is considerably toned down from the full blast you’ll find in Chengdu, but that suits most of the suburban visitors and expense-account diners just fine. Prices are double what you’d pay in Chinatown, although readers are happy to shell out for such “phenomenal” food. “A real treat.”

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Hutong at The Shard

Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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VERY DISSAPOINTING

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Apr 2017

visited on 23rd afternoon march 2017 was disappointed with the reception received by the people at the bar on the side of the restaurant. have visited many times before always good service but this time was very disappointed by the reception staff and the Chinese cook who served the peiking duck. need to train the staff welcoming guests. they need to make the guests feel comfortable rather than have the attitude that they are doing a favour by being there especially the male reception staff member.hope...

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jo m.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Dinner at Hutong @ The Shard

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Apr 2017

Editor's pick I booked a table to celebrate my father's birthday. From the moment you step into The Shard you are welcomed by really pleasant and helpful people. All the staff at Hutong are helpful, pleasant and their sole aim is to make sure you have a wonderful experience - it really was a wonderful evening. The food is sublime there and so is the wine. If I have to criticise something it would be time - if flew by!

Alison F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Hutong at The Shard

Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Expensive dumplings, great view .... generally a bit tired.

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Aug 2016

In short, it's overpriced and a bit shabby. There are better places in London to eat with a view (City Social for a start). You're paying for the view and that's about it.... and even then the windows were smeared and grubby. I went for a business lunch... it may be better in the evenings, but I'm not sure I'll bother to find out. On a positive note, the dumplings were excellent.

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Close to...

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Jul 2016

Close but certainly not the same atmosphere as Hutong in Hong Kong, the place certainly is spectacular but the food keeps on an average on regarding other Chinese restaurants in London and certain colours on the dim sum looked too intense and distant from the original ones. With everything reserved me and my guests were placed on the third line far away from the view while a certain number of tables kept empty more than an hour and a group that didn´t like the location were moved to another...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Dazzled by the view, but not the food...

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Apr 2016

Editor's pick It was my second trip up London's answer to Burj Khalifa for a meal at Hutong. This time I left mildly underwhelmed. Naturally, this restaurant is in constant demand for its beautiful interiors, spectacular views and suitably glamorous feel to wine and dine either clients or a paramour, so it may be that after a couple of years, they have begun to rest on their laurels. This time I opted for the Experience Lunch Menu, which is a great bargain when one considers the average a la carte per...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Fab views, beautiful food

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Jan 2016

Editor's pick We went for dinner in late November, and had a really delicious meal at what I still think is a very special location. I love this food and I love the views over London. We started with Shandong shredded chicken with homemade butterfly buns, the buns soft and white and fluffy, the chicken served sliced and seasoned so you can fill the buns yourselves. This was followed by the beautifully carved at-the-table roasted Peking duck, the skin fabulously crispy, the meat soft and luscious, with thin...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Good food but very touristy

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Jul 2015

Editor's pick I was taken here for a birthday lunch last Saturday. I know that my sister had rung in advance and told them of this fact and that a friend of mine who knows the manager also told the restaurant in advance. We arrived about 15 early for our reservation and were told that if we were happy to go straight to a table that we could have a window table, but if we went to the bar first they couldn't guarantee it would still be available, so we went straight to the table. Unfortunately for us the...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Excellent food and service

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Apr 2015

Went to Hutong as a treat for a major birthday. They don't formally accept bookings near the windows (everyone wants one) but they did take note of the request, and very kindly gave us a semi-private table in it's own room. Could not have asked for a better position. The food was really very good, served quickly with portions plenty large enough. The waitress suggested scaling back our order as we had too much, and she was right. Wines sensibly priced, service good and friendly. Top...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street ,London SE1 9RY

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Only average...

by   gold reviewer (36)

Mar 2015

Having previously been to the other restaurants in the Shard I booked to take a party of 5 to celebrate my son's birthday. I have to say that our experience at Hutong was at best average. The food was the most disappointing aspect of the evening. This was very typical Chinese food that you can find anywhere in Chinatown without the cost premium.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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Jun 2014

On a Friday night, this was a crowded bar and restaurant packed with the ‘bridges and tunnel’ crowd and office parties on a night out. This creates an atmosphere of its own (drunk girls staggering around and boys vomiting in the gents), but perhaps not one which you would want to experience for the prices you pay. The restaurant is well-designed with an attractive modern asian theme. There is a mix of semi-private booths and well spaced-out tables. The views are as staggering as you would expect....

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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