Hutong at the Shard


Chinese | South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey

The Aqua group picked The Shard for their first European branch of Hutong - known for serving up fiery Northern Chinese food. The duck is always wonderful and the red lantern crispy soft shell crab with chilli is always on the menu and worth ordering. Oh the views aren't bad either.

Test Drive

Test Driving Hutong at the Shard
We head up to the 33rd floor of the Shard to check out Aqua's new restaurant, Hutong.
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Restaurant details

Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Nearest tube: 
London Bridge
Telephone number: 020 7478 0540


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Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY


Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on October 15, 2013
"Though it had its moments, this is by no means the best Chinese cooking in London. But you are not being charged prices far more eye-watering than the hottest thing on the menu for the food or the service (which was friendly and informative when present, though prone to going AWOL)." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on October 12, 2013
"And after six mouthfuls, or three minutes, I can give you my judgment on Hutong: patchy upscale Sichuan, couple of great dishes but too many mediocre ones, nice service, ridiculous pricing." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on August 18, 2013
"Put this food at ground level and, at these prices, a baying mob would quickly gather. But up here with the crystal gash of London spread out beneath you, instant memories are made; a Tuscan sun dunks itself in the river and for a moment, even as your wallet lightens, all is right with the world." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Emma Sturgess Metro
Reviewed on July 25, 2013
"We wait, we pay, we leave. The next day, my friend sends me a puzzled message. ‘What,’ she asks, ‘is Hutong doing, other than filling a space in the sky?’ I’m not sure whether saving thirty quid counts." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Richard & Peter Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by July 09, 2013
"Duck in two services was impressive – the first service very definitely not the dried-out shreds so typically found, but elegantly pink slices – and even better than we remember from the (merely) 10th floor operation at the excellent Min Jiang, in Kensington." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
Steve Dinneen City AM
Reviewed on July 10, 2013
"Sure, Hutong is a bit gauche, and a bit pricey, but you get a nice view and the crab is delicious. It’s a good place for a date, so long as the other person turns up." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed on July 05, 2013
"...I can’t think of a better place to drink a glass of champagne, eat some Ma La chilli prawns and take stock of why one is actually quite fortunate to be one." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on June 27, 2013
"Hutong does credit to the growing trend for offbeat Chinese dishes. The service was good, the prices high, but then this is the Shard, not Chinatown. It’s a good date restaurant. This London branch of Hutong shouldn’t be left to the tourists and the expats." READ REVIEW