South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey

Oblix at the Shard

Oblix at the Shard

This restaurant from Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney is on the 32nd floor of The Shard, and focuses on food from a rotisserie and grill (with a lounge bar also attached). It has British and European ingredients and influences, but is mainly be inspired by New York grills, as well as serving slow roasting joints and wood-fired breads and pizzas. And it has a damned fine view.

Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Critics' score: 4 AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 21, 2013
"Disappointing is too tall a word for the food at Oblix. The menu is international lost and found: undemanding dishes that use luxury ingredients instead of skill. They say it’s all supposed to be shared, but that’s just a thing restaurant menus say these days." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on July 16, 2013
"Time will tell in this establishment's long-term clientele – its main attraction was how high up it was; over some courses, that felt like its only attraction." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on July 08, 2013
"Some diners find Oblix underwhelming and consider the unchallenging menu dull. Give me a glass of Bollinger, a beautiful salad, maybe some ceviche, and steak tartare with beef tomato and grilled sourdough on a summer’s day and I’m happy." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 1.5 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on June 22, 2013
"A new fun thing at this place was that the table wobbled and the food was terrible. No, but inedible. Here, for the first time, Becker has moved away from the oriental stuff at which he is so accomplished to something they are calling “New York Grill” – which is a made-up genre that totally doesn’t exist, and Becker soon shows us why not." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Nicholas Lander FT Estimated score
Reviewed on June 08, 2013
"The overlong menu contains several dishes that seem like padding. A yellowtail salad was the best of the starters, while ceviche was much less refined, the aubergine caviar disappointing, the roast beets alongside the goat’s cheese woody." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on June 08, 2013
"Oblix (daft name, makes you want to bellow, "Asterix!") is designed to crowd-please a specific clientele: they can eat familiar-looking food surrounded by familiar-looking people – a Maccy D's approach for the internationally minted." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on June 01, 2013
"There's no doubt Oblix will be a massive hit with diners – in here or in the adjoining live-music-and-cocktails bar – able to look down on London's dazzling Nighttown. At lunchtime, the view is the least remarkable thing about it." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed by May 30, 2013
"Oblix is expensive and showy, and has a Dubai-style blandness to it. Most diners will come here expecting an impressive panorama – but The View from The Shard, at more than twice the height of Oblix and with dedicated viewing platforms, is a far better choice of lookout." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Joe Warwick Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 16, 2013
"The cooking of a hefty wedge of halibut is perfectly judged but its accompanying ‘Meyer lemon jam’ is far too sweet, even partnered with caper berries. North African-accented lamb chops with harissa and yoghurt are so good they’re quickly stripped to the bone." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 15, 2013
"My advice, although I haven’t yet acted on it, is to book in the much more relaxed Lounge where there is a deli menu during the day, live music in the evenings and brunch at weekends." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7 Bill Prince GQ Estimated score
Reviewed on May 13, 2013
"The service will doubtless improve, the acoustics, sadly, will not (unless Renzo Piano's "Swarovski Toothpick" is allowed drapes) but that should only put off the power-lunchers and second-daters, leaving Oblix to party-hearties with a head for heights. Count us in." READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

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

Telephone number: 020 7268 6700

Nearest station: London Bridge

Nearest Station: London Bridge

Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to Midnight

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