London’s skyline has been permanently changed with the completion of the Shard along the river Thames’. This week the first of 3 new restaurants in the Shard opened its doors to the public, called the Oblix. Will Oblix permanently change London’s culinary landscape? Based on our visit to the Oblix…the answer to that is: “not likely”.
Oblix is a creation by the same people behind the hugely successful Roka restaurants and Zuma. We consider Roka in Charlotte street to be one of the absolute best restaurants in London and we were therefore excited to learn that the owners were going to try their hand at creating a modern British restaurant in the Shard.
When we visited Oblix we tried the following dishes:
- Borough market bowl (8/10)
- Lobster & scallop ceviche (6/10)
- Iceberg, blue cheese and pancetta salad (6/10)
- Dover sole (7/10)
- Roast cauliflower (6/10)
- Fries (7/10)
- Chocolate pecan bar (8/10)
- Coconut, mango, passion fruit semi-fredo (8/10)
What we liked about our visit to the Oblix at the Shard:
- The view: The view on the 32nd floor of the Shard is quite impressive. Sure there are similar views to be had at for instance Duck & Waffle in the Heron tower, but it is still worth mentioning.
- The service: The service was perfect when we visited Oblix and it can’t be faulted.
- The desserts: The desserts were very tasty.
Room for improvement to Oblix at the Shard:
- The food: the food is cooked perfectly fine. However, it lacks flavour and most of the dishes we tried tasted bland (apart from the “Borough market bowl”)! Just because you’re cooking British dishes, doesn’t mean the dishes can’t pack a punch. Just go around the corner from the Shard to Borough market and pay a visit to Elliot’s cafe or Wright Brothers and you’ll see what I mean.
The bill at Oblix came to £175 (including service charge, 2 glasses of wine and 4 coffees).
Food rating for Oblix at the Shard: 6/10
Service rating for Oblix at the Shard: 9/10
Overall rating for Oblix at the Shard: 6.5/10