Oblix at The Shard

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High in the sky above the sweeping London landscape sits Oblix, one of a handful of restaurants in tourist magnet The Shard. Boasting truly stunning views of the capital, alongside a menu of “first class” food, it has long been a favourite among SquareMeal readers.

At Oblix, moody modern aesthetics (the reception desk is in almost complete darkness) soon give way to truly stunning panoramic vistas. Owner Rainer Becker is better known for Asian-themed Zuma and Roka, but Oblix is more firmly rooted in Western gastronomy. The menu kicks off with snacks and small plates, including a decadent and crisp truffled flatbread which is topped with shavings of pancetta and flakes of ricotta. Elsewhere, try springy crispy squid pepped up with chilli and lime, or perhaps a super fresh and creamy lobster and clam linguini.

Sizeable mains come from the in-house Josper grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven – think steaks in various sizes served alongside thick-cut chips and helpings of rich mac ‘n’ cheese, and a tender helping of duck with a crispy skin, dipped in a vibrant mango sauce. For pudding, the dessert platter is surely the only way to go, featuring miniature versions of Oblix’s entire dessert menu, including a bar of chocolate topped with crunchy bourbon ice cream, and a fluffy slice of New York cheesecake.

If dinner reservations prove hard to book, Oblix also offers a weekend brunch menu complete with an extensive dessert station, and a luxe Sunday lunch featuring the likes of lamb rump with puy lentils, parsley and mint. For the budget minded, a “good value” set lunch menu offers an affordable way in.

 

 

Good to know about Oblix at The Shard

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views
People
Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions

Location for Oblix at The Shard

Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, London, SE1 9RY

020 7268 6700

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Opening Times of Oblix at The Shard

Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun -3pm) 6-10.30pm

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Anon

Spend your money elsewhere if you want any enjoyable dining experience...
11 December 2017  
I had a reservation with 3 of my friends to celebrate my engagement on Friday night (8th Dec). Whilst the food is undeniably enjoyable at the restaurant it is nevertheless very expensive for what it is, and the views spectacular, Oblix unfortunately let itself down very badly on customer service. The staff in the West restaurant were very charming and attentive however, be warned, they do operate a strict 2 hour turnaround on tables and shortly after finishing desert we were told we would have to leave our table without being able to order coffees as the next sitting were already in. We were informed we could take a table in the East Bar for drinks which wouldn't be a problem, however when we returned to the East Bar and finally managed to get a table we were approached almost immediately by the Bar Manager enquiring whether we were eating. I advised we had just eaten in the West restaurant and told we could come through for drinks however he told us that "Tables are only for our guests who are both eating and drinking in the bar. We were welcome to stay, but would have to stand up at the bar". I told the manager that we had just spent over £400 in their restaurant and were celebrating a special occasion however was promptly told that "That's our policy I'm afraid". Needless to say we gathered our belongings and left - zero out of ten for customer service! I will honestly never return to this restaurant again. I felt that our meal was rushed and we were just on a conveyor belt to get them in and out as quickly as possible to generate the most revenue. Interestingly, there is no email address on their website in order to complain directly to their restaurant manager but I would honestly advise spending your money in the multitude of other lovely restaurants in our vibrant city rather than be treated so poorly at Oblix.
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Ms/Mrs. Helen L

Sweeping views, swooning couples and sky-high prices
11 January 2016  
I got the collywobbles on my way up the Shard, but it had nothing to do with the altitude. As a rustic, lived-in kinda gal, I'm not terribly comfortable with putting on the glitz and everything about Oblix shouts 'event dining' to the max. But I'll admit; when you've tottered your way to the 32nd floor, the moody, modern aesthetics give way to truly stunning views of the capital. It's impressive. Low lighting enhances the moonlit skyline, but also renders menus unreadable and makes for a baffling meander to the loo in the absence of signage. The atmosphere was one of occasion during our pre-Christmas visit, as excitable couples swooned over the spectacle and each other. City boys appeared to have migrated to the bar from Coq d'Argent and were vigorously splashing the cash, but were commendably well behaved. Door staff, on the other hand, exhibited a bit too much Zoolander-esque posturing for my liking, leaving me with the distinct impression that I was lucky - rather than welcome - to be there. And so the financial assault began... With no cava or prosecco at the bar, it was straight to Champagne (from £65). The food was all about excess: nibbles included truffled flatbread for a mere £20, so you get the picture. Veggies and preggies don't fare well, although there was a shout out for dietary requirements when we were seated so perhaps off-menu options are available. Mains consisted of protein-rich offerings from the josper oven. At 30 quid a sirloin plus another £12 for chips and a tomato salad, we at least expected sides to arrive in timely fashion. Instead, our delightful yet despairing waitress advised we tuck in due to a 'hold up' in the kitchen; we were more than halfway through our steaks when the accompaniments eventually rocked up. As for the meat, it was clearly good quality; closer to well done than the requested medium, but still a fine specimen. A Bearnaise emulsion was very tasty, but the pepper sauce was disappointingly weedy. Black cod proved a let down too; the ethereal fish flesh had pleasing translucency but was slathered with a gloopy and overbearing BBQ sauce that both diners endeavored to scrape off. Our verdict? You can eat far better for far less, and the view alone didn't justify the splurge for me. If you're wooing someone with a taste for the high life (no pun intended) then Oblix might be just the ticket. But the occasionally surly staff, patchy cooking and timing issues simply shouldn't be happening at these prices. Permit me a rant: there was talk of the late sides being stripped from the bill, but sadly I didn't spy the receipt to confirm. If the dishes were indeed comped, then how on earth did we rack up a ton per head for some garlic bread and a single course (particularly given the keenest boozer knocked back only one G&T and two small glasses of Malbec, and several of us were teetotal)?! And another thing, while I'm approaching Hulk-like levels of rage... hiking up the standard service charge to 13.5% smacked of arrogance to me, particularly given everything came at a price. Even a freebie bread basket or tap water at the table would have softened the blow somewhat. All in all, the view from the 32nd floor was smashing... But then so is that along the Southbank, and it doesn't cost a button.
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Mr. Colin M

Lunch in the Lounge
15 September 2013  
Lunch for 4 blokes on a day out in London. The website is a bit poncy, and uninformative – no sample menus or description of the 2 rooms. On phoning you have to choose between the Restaurant and Lounge with little prior knowledge. I chose the fixed price lunch in the Lounge (£29). On arrival you need to spot the ‘oblix’ sign written on a pillar that gives access to the tastefully lit lobby with 2 ladies to re-assure you that you have come to the right place. A rapid lift ride takes you up to a tastefully lit passageway where your coats can be left, and then you are escorted to the eating area. Fortunately ‘tastefully lit’ gives way to daylight with great open views of the Thames and a friendly atmosphere. Our waitress was great. The first course buffet had lots of tasty options, and you are encouraged to go back for more. There were 4 mains, all good, and then a limited but tasty range of puddings. Excellent bread and butter pudding. It is correct that the internal decor is not imaginative, but the seating is comfortable and this is all about the view out, with the Tower of London and Tower Bridge just to your left and the City of London with the Gerkin and friends straight ahead. 12.5% ‘discretionary service charge’ is added to the bill, but this still gave us an excellent lunch for only £13 more than it would have cost to go to the viewing platform. True, you don't get a view to the West, but hey ho.The wines are expensive, but optional! The only hiccup once we got into the restaurant was that, although our main courses were booked before we went for the buffet, they were late arriving. If you are under time pressure, mention it to your server. Excellent for what we wanted.
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Mr. Tim Z

12 August 2013  
A room with a view would be an understatement – and let's face it ,despite being backed by the founding genius behind Zuma (although this isn't Japanese and hence nothing like Zuma or Roka for that matter), you go there for its breathtaking location on the 32nd floor of the Shard. I tend to normally view these “location” driven restaurants rather sceptical with everything besides the view being a let down – and as such was actually pleasantly surprised on the positive. The menu is a rather down to earth corss-selection of various type of more “European” style food (although with some more international twists/options as well) with a big offering of grills (meat, chicken and the likes). Good wine offering and while I wouldn't consider this a place with great value for money, I've seen worse in London (and again was actually expecting worse for this place). On the other side of the floor there is a bar/loung (see my separate review) Definetely a “destination” venue but you could do a lot worse, it's stylish, good service and given the Shard's uniqueness in London (ie luckily we don't have many high-rising buildings and this one would be remarkable in any city) a good place to take out either visitors, friends or for a special night out for two. Will you become a regular, repeat costumer – maybe not
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Shard dining
28 July 2013  
The Shard is London's newest, tallest, hottest, glossiest bit of architecture . This is the one building you can see anywhere in London (like a big glass spike in the sky). Oblix comes from the Gods who own Zuma and Roka, so you know what you are getting. Book over the phone or on line or even try a late cancellation on the day (always worth a try, worked for me on my 2nd visit), just go, you will be wowed. Enter through the secret side entrance of the shard to your personal lift that has only one stop, Oblix (prepare for altitude ears within 10 seconds). Once you enter, you are greeted by well groomed staff who can direct you to the lounge on the left or main restaurant on the right (both fab). Try the lounge (must be pre booked) if you are with 1 or 2 people and ask for a table by the window and see the night through with lush cocktails, high end food and live music (every night after 9) and watch over London town, as the sun sets (a view that makes you proud to be a Londoner). The restaurant is also buzzy and has the same spectacular views (better with a larger group). The whole experience is v. Hong Kong/ New York like, unfortunately the OXO tower does now not compare (sky high dining will never be the same in London). Now, the food as you can see this place is at least 50% ambience. The market bowl is a large light salad with fresh ingredients from Borough market 31 floors down (probably the best salad i have ever eaten). The food is grill food e.g. lobster, steak, prawns…but the best was 4 lip-smacking, caramelised lamb chops (had them twice now!). To be honest the food is good enough, but it is the whole package that will wow you. Ps dress code smart casual/ or a dress glam whatever you fancy. This is perfect for the special occasion meal or even a glam, sneaky mid-week meal with the gals.
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Ms/Mrs. Amanda S

Ignore what you've read in the papers!
20 July 2013  
Having read reviews by all the top London restaurant critics I wasnt really looking forward to a birthday dinner at Oblix booked by my husband. I'm so glad we didn't cancel as this was one of the best evenings I've had at a London restaurant. Obviously the view can't be beaten and a table right next to the window is a great place to be. The service was friendly, with keen young waiters who were attentive without getting on my nerves. A female sommelier recommnded a good rose without heading to the expensive end of the list. The food was excellent, with a wide variety of dishes on offer, all of them beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The bill for 2 with a couple of cocktails and a bottle of wine was £215, which is less than we've paid elsewhere recently. The atmosphere was busy and buzzy and if you were bored of your companion there was good people-watching to be done plus endless looking out of the windows! Please don't let the ‘critics’ put you off…this is well worth a visit.
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Ms/Mrs. Nicoline B

Nicki
11 July 2013  
Wow, went to Oblix yesterday for my birthday, and what a treat it was. The food, service, atmosphere were second to none. I can't wait to go back. I cannot recommend it enough. My stars should show six but for some reason can't block them all in.
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Ms/Mrs. Ranji G

Save your money, pay the entrance fee and take a snack to the viewing platform
01 July 2013  
Went for Saturday lunch at 13.30, greeted and seated straight away. Ordered cocktails to sip whilst deciding from menu – in the mean time harassed by waiter taking food orders; cocktails (£15 a glass) arrived at 14.10 – 30 minutes after we'd ordered them! By then we'd ordered our food as the waiter was very pushy and kept swooping in interrupting conversations, obviously briefed to get the order in to the kitchen. We also ordered wine to have with our meal (cheapest rose which was £30 a bottle, mark up of £23 on off licence) and were asked to taste it even before cocktails had arrived. Still no cocktails but our starters turned up (14.05), with the waiter looking very peeved when we said that we'd quite like to have aperitifs first (shock horror)and were still waiting for them.They took them away and then brought them back after 5 minutes. We were served a small olive loaf as bread, which for style was not fully sliced which resulted in crumbs spreading everywhere. The tables don't have tablecloths, so the waitress wiped crumbs off with a wet dishcloth leaving water stains on there to dry, we had to make sure we didn't lean on the table in anyway! Food delicious, however small portions relative to price. Very noisy as the minimal look and lack of strategic soft furnishings did nothing for acoustics and we ended up having to repeat ourselves several times in conversation. We had 7 different people serving us which no doubt contributed to lack of continuity. Sommeliers also terribly offended to be asked what was in a cocktail – sorry, I thought you were a glorified barman. Total bill came to £350 including service – for lunch with overpriced service. They would do well to have a lunch menu at weekends that catered for the non broker /footballer crew. You would do well to remember that you are paying for too many staff and an exclusive lift – save your money, pay the entrance and take a sandwich to the viewing platform
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Mr. Russ H

Excellent - Don't Be Put Off By Bad Reviews
27 June 2013  
My wife booked this for my Birthday, which was somewhat of a risk as I don't do heights. I also read some of the reviews on this site before going and was a little concerned it may not be cracked up to be all it is. With all respect, I can only imagine that some of the reviews describing it as expensive are written by those who don't eat out in London much or who normally eat in Little Chefs. The food was excellent, service attentive without being sycophantic, the view to die for and the pricing reasonable given the quality of the food and the experience. The food was seasoned to perfection, so no need to take it with the pinch of salt required when reading some of the other reviews. No I don't work for them and I certainly will call a bad restaurant out when required – however on this occasion this is not the case. Book it with confidence of a great meal in unforgettable surroundings.
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Mr. Nick L

Smoke and mirrors
23 June 2013  
When one books a table in a restaurant that is situated at the top of one of the most iconic buildings in Britain one expects a lot. Well so did I ! I expected to pay a lot too but if the experience was worth it then fair enough. I entered the building and was expertly guided onto the high speed lift which whisked myself and my party up to the thirty second floor . We confirmed our reservation with the Maitre d and entered the bar where we were confronted with two walls of floor to ceiling glass which afforded the best veiw of London I have ever seen. This was going to be a memorable experience I thought to myself as I called a very pretty waitress over to order something to drink. The moment we began to talk was when the bubble burst . She did not smile and appeared annoyed that I had bothered her and asked her to serve . Two rounds of drinks were ordered for a party of ten and on both occasions they brought the wrong drinks . When I informed another staff member of the mistake had to repeat myself four times because she could not understand me. It maybe that the staff can't hear the customers because the acoustics are so awfull or it could be that they are inadequately trained and are hired for looks rather than ability, I suspect it is a bit of both. Nevertheless along with her counterparts she appeared annoyed and if she did not care , she did not rectify the problem and we were ushered into the restaurant with our incomplete and incorrect drinks order. We ordered our meal, a bottle of wine and three small beers . The beers did not arrive and I had to call a waiter over to chase them down , they arrived 5 mins later but were the wrong beers again. Only half the starters arrived which were luke warm and went cold before the other half arrived nearly ten minutes later. The main course did at least arrive all at once . The sweet course was adequate. The Oblix is a very expensive restaurant and the food and service do not reflect the prices. All of us agreed that the food was very average indeed ,the service was incompetant and the whole experience disappointing . 70% of business is lost through bad customer service and all those lost customers tell there friends , I will certainly be telling everyone I know . Oblix is just another restaurant that is all about looks over substance. It's all mouth and no trousers. I would recomend that if you want to see the amazing view you pay £12 , go to the viewing platform ,give the restaurant a miss and eat somewhere else. Along with our many other great buildings the Shard represents us to the world and so do the restaurants in it . As far as Oblix is concerned ,Not in my name !
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