Oblix at The Shard
Oblix at The Shard
Oblix at The Shard
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SquareMeal Review of Oblix at The Shard

Gold Award

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.

 

 

About Oblix at The Shard

One of six restaurants and bars in towering skyscraper The Shard, Oblix is a contemporary restaurant which champions carefully sourced British produce, with much of the menu cooked on a rotisserie grill. The restaurant has a double identity and is split between two distinct spaces; Oblix East is home to a bar and informal dining, while Oblix West acts as the main dining room.

If you are visiting East, you can expect to enjoy either lunch, dinner or weekend brunch in a setting that boasts awe-inspiring views of east London and employs a muted colour scheme of browns and natural woods which let those views do the talking. The à la carte features dishes such as caramelised pork skewers with crispy shallots or a Wagyu beef burger topped with cheese and truffle mayonnaise. The menu is also more accessible than that of West, with diners able to enjoy a starter and main course for £28 per person.

On the weekends, Oblix East serves a three-course brunch, with the option to add bottomless wine or Champagne. Starters to share include a charcuterie board or salt cod croquettes, while main courses see seafood linguine and grilled baby chicken pepped up with garlic and rosemary.

For more formal dining, head to Oblix West. Here, you’ll find a buzzy open kitchen by the entrance and a chic dining room in which you can enjoy lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or a classic Sunday roast. On the regular menu, you’ll find dishes such as crispy octopus with sweet peppers and black olive mayonnaise, or perhaps wild mushroom orzo pasta with Spenwood cheese and black truffle. There is also the option to order from the grill – think a selection of steaks and whole lobster slathered in garlic butter.

If you’re worried about the intimidating prices at Oblix, opt for the Elevator Lunch (starter, main and side for £40), or visit for afternoon tea, when you’ll find classic finger sandwiches served alongside freshly-baked scones.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Cool, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Oblix at The Shard

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

020 7268 6700

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00

Reviews of Oblix at The Shard

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LaurenMHyd

Great restaurant for the "wow factor" views.
16 January 2020   - Verified Diner

Overall the restaurant boats some of the best views in London, overlooking the city and river. The atmousphere is always crisp, professional with relaxed undertones. 

We invited out clients for dinner who are visitors to London, they were truely wowed by the views and atmousphere, but were let down by the lack of vegetarian and vegan choices on the menu. Considering the majority of our party were vegetarians there wasn't much choice. 

The service was professional and efficient but not overly friendly, something I might expect of a high end restaurant. 

In short, if you want to wow your dinner guests with some of the best views in London, here is the place, but do not expect Michelin food & service. 

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Anon

26 July 2019  
Amazing experience so glad I picked this restaurant to take my mum on her birthday for her first time experience of this sort of food and service. And the views are just WOW.

Anon

08 July 2019  
Let's be honest, you're here for the view.. But then the rest delivers too. Best of all was the sommelier; a youngish gent with the knowledge of generations. The staff were always there to catch your eye and everything was as efficient as the food was superb. I've been back three times and love taking visitors to London: showcasing some of the best we have against the backdrop of the best city in Europe!

Martina M

28 June 2019  
Still the best fine dining experience in London.

Jotti S

28 June 2018  
Foods is great taste service are great respect View make us relax.

Kumud R

27 June 2018  
Overly prices (but can understand for the venue it's worth it) however food is average. Great Service.

Anon

27 June 2018  
Good value set lunch menu. Worth paying if just for the view.

Theresa W

21 March 2018  
Great atmosphere and well designed restaurant with the bar in the middle. Good food and good service. Higher price range,but worth it.

Sara D

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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Marc S

30 May 2017  
Great food and views.

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