We had already been to Oblix and Aqua, which are the other two restaurants currently in the London Shard building. We enjoyed the latter and were disappointed with the former. We wondered where Hutong would rank among its neighbors?
Hutong specializes in Chinese dishes, while Aqua & Oblix focus on modern upscale British cuisine. The London Bridge area has become a primary destination for foodies in recent years, predominantly due to the slate of excellent restaurants in and around Bermondsey street and Maltby Street Market. However, in our opinion the London Bridge area could still do with some good Asian restaurants and so we welcomed the news of Hutong opening in the Shard this month.
When we visited Hutong we tried the following dishes:
- Shrimp spring roll (9/10)
- Duck spring rolls (8.5/10)
- Cuttlefish pancake (8/10)
- Peking duck (9.5/10)
- Thinly sliced porkbelly and cucumber (6.5/10)
- Red lantern soft shell crab with chilli (9.5/10)
- Pork ribs (9/10)
- Pomelo and mango (9/10)
The food at Hutong is very good. Based on the visit we had we would rank it with the likes of Yauatcha (and Roka) in terms of high quality Asian dining (without being too stuffy or pretentious) and will definitely return. The total bill at Hutong came to £150 (including service charge, a cocktail, water and tea).
The food rating for Hutong: 8.5/10
The service rating for Hutong: 9/10
The overall rating for Hutong: 8.5/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)