There is something just so magical about having dinner whilst watching the sky change from bright and clear, to hues of pink at dusk followed by nightfall with all of London’s landmarks illuminated and twinkly.
I was invited to a press preview dinner at Hutong, which literally is like having dinner in the sky in one of my favourite buildings in London, The Shard. I love gazing out of the floor to ceiling glass windows and being mesmerized by the views.
No matter how many times I visit, I just never can stop staring at the views. Depending on where you stand, you can see Tower Bridge, or the London Eye as well as The Walkie Talkie building and Canary Wharf too. Literally the best views of London!
I do joke that I practically live at The Shard lately but I can’t help it – I am addicted to those views! I had been to Hutong previously, a few years ago, and they recently hosted me, alongside some of my favourite bloggers, to try some dishes from their new menu, as well as some of their classic dishes, in their Beijing private dining room. They also have a new Head Chef Fei Wang, and we met him on the evening too.
They are literally top notch when it comes to service, and they had even personalised each of our menus, which was the cutest!
At first we soaked up those amazing views with a glass of Champagne in hand whilst trying a variety of canapés which included Tiger prawns with black truffle, Cod and seaweed dumplings with Tobiko, Crispy prawn rolls and Vegetarian spring rolls.
We were then seated at a beautiful round table, laid out in such a lovely way, and so began the most incredible feast!
For drinks, I opted for Pinot Noir, Giant steps from Australia, as I do love my red wine. It was a lovely wine and almost too easy to drink which suited me fine!
First to arrive were generous platters of Chinese asparagus heart with Hula dressing, Pan-fried wagyu beef buns and Scallop and prawn wontons served with a hot and spicy sauce.
The flavours were just immense, and literally the asparagus was a dream! I loved the slight heat kick in the dressing and the wagyu beef buns were soft and indulgent. The wontons were melt in your mouth morsels of heaven.
I had majorly been craving duck pancakes and was so excited to find that Roasted Peking duck was on the menu.
It was fascinating to watch the chef carve the duck and then we ate it with steaming hot pancakes, greens and Hoi sin sauce. I did have to have some more of the duck as it was just so good!
We also had Red Star noodles, which was Steamed halibut with rice noodles & gong vegetable in a spicy Sichuan broth. It was fun to watch the server open this up and a fantastic dish.
My absolute favourite dish and definitely the standout dish of the evening was the Sichuan style deep fried lobster with fresh chilli, black bean and dried garlic.
Not only was it served and presented in such a beautiful way, it was literally the best lobster I have ever eaten and the fresh chillies were rather addictive too! As I type this up I wish I could eat it all over again!
There was a dish on the menu I had been slightly nervous of trying – the Ma La crispy eel with Sichuan dried chilli and cumin.
I had never tried Eel before and was very pleasantly surprised by it. The interesting thing about Ma la sauce is it causes a numbing sensation from the combination of spices in it. I would definitely eat it again!
Our final main dish was Aromatic beef rib braised in lotus leaf as well as a side of Wok tossed choy sum. The beef was super and the vegetables were divine – what is it about Chinese vegetables? They are just always so tasty!
With that incredible meal we were all so full but so happy at the same time. Literally loved it all, especially the lobster. That is definitely a must order dish, along with the duck!
For one of the best Northern Chinese meals in London, with the most magnificent unrivalled panoramic views, I would definitely recommend Hutong, every single time. It has the ambience, the service and superb food. It would be perfect as a date venue, special occasion or a just because. What better company to have dinner with than London’s skyline 😉
We were hosted by Hutong but all views and photos are my own.
To find out more about Hutong and to book, visit their site here.