Jun 17 2014

Ting

Shangri La hotel in the Shard has finally opened and with it 3 new destinations – Ting (restaurant), Lang (café) and Gong (bar). I have been to the other three restaurants in the Shard - Aqua Shard, Hutong and Oblix – and naturally wanted to visit Ting as well. Ting is located on the 35th floor, slightly higher than the other restaurants and overlooks the south side of London, so the view is slightly different.

I went there on a Tuesday evening with my friend Ahmed for a nice dinner and was extremely surprised to be given a menu that had European food, as I had firmly believed (and so did Ahmed) a restaurant called Ting would serve Asian food and not modern European. I even asked the waitress about it and she did say some other people that come here also do expect to see Asian food. I still don’t understand why a restaurant called Ting in the Shangri La (Asian names!!! Ting is even derived from the Chinese word for “living room”) should serve European food. The Ting lounge though does serve Asian food (amazing dishes like the Hainan Chicken Rice, Curry Laksa, Nasi Goreng) and I am very disappointed they have not brought this food into the main restaurant.

The décor and the food reminded me a lot of Aqua Shard (the restaurant located 4 floors down). It was sort of expensive/ elegant décor. The menu had 6 different starters (£17 on average) and 6 different main courses (£24 on average) plus grilled steak options and I ordered a starter of tuna with spring vegetables, red radish, yuzu, soy sauce. I thought it was a very good started, simple but good. Ahmed went for the Hand Dived Scallops with Heritage carrot, ginger, mandarin, coriander and he also enjoyed it. For the main course both of us chose the sirloin steak from the grilled section (for £31) and as sides ordered the creamy mashed potatoes and mixed young leaves and cresses with classic vinaigrette. They also by mistake brought us French fries (not mashed potatoes) and left them on our table for us to eat (they did bring the mashed potatoes too). I liked the creamy mashed potatoes, super smooth and nice, salad was a bit less impressive and the chips were good. I also very much enjoyed the sauces they brought with our steak, one was a truffle sauce and it really smelled of truffle. The steak was good, Ahmed really liked it.

The food was good at Ting, just nothing impressive or out of the ordinary, it was classic modern British/ European food, not cheap, but also not expensive for the view. And most of all it was not the exciting Asian cuisine that I expected.

Date: 17/ 06/ 14
Price for 2 people with alcohol: I don’t know, Ahmed paid and did not let me see the bill
Location: London Bridge

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Shangri La Hotel, 32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG
London
United Kingdom
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