SquareMeal Review of
Oblix at The Shard
Sweeping views, swooning couples and sky-high prices” is one reader’s verdict on Oblix, the glitzy “event dining” restaurant and bar high up on the 32nd floor of the Shard. Moody modern aesthetics give way to truly stunning panoramic vistas, while low lighting “enhances the moonlit skyline” (but also “renders the menu unreadable”). Owner Rainer Becker is better known for Asian-themed Zuma and Roka, but Oblix is more firmly rooted in Western gastronomy. Head chef Marcus Eaves (ex-L’Autre Pied) and his “highly skilled” team deliver a fascinating, eclectic mix, from truffled flatbreads, beef tartare and king crab with sauerkraut and saffron hollandaise, to mains courtesy of the Josper grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven – think chicken with garlicky skordalia dip and rosemary, bone-in rib-eye or Dover sole with lemon verbena and brown butter. “It’s all about excess”, notes one reader, so “if you’re wooing someone with a taste for the high life, Oblix might be just the ticket” – just brace yourself for “occasionally surly staff” and a savage bill.
Oblix now offers a weekend brunch and Sunday lunch. The brunch sees small deli bites to start, including a house sausage roll, while mains include lobster with hand cut chips, and there's a dessert station to finish. Meanwhile, the Sunday lunch is an opulent take on a weekend ritual – think honey-glazed duck served with duck-fat roast potatoes and seasonal veg. The New York cheesecake dessert is fluffy as a cloud too. Neither option comes cheap, but with stunning views and great food, Oblix is a solid option for luxury weekend lounging.