7/09/2013 03:07:00 PM

First Look: Hutong at The Shard

The trio of restaurants in The Shard - the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe - are now open. Below find a closer look at Hutong, the 130-cover Northern Chinese restaurant opened by David Yeo, founder of Hong Kong's Aqua Group.

Based on the Kowloon restaurant of the same name, the London outpost on the 33rd floor of the Shard is worth a visit if only to lose yourself gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at panoramic views across London - from the winding River Thames to the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station and everything in between.

Bring your focus inside and you certainly won't be disappointed by the food. Head chef Yuan Shihai has put together a fiery menu inspired by the Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces of China. Dim sum is served at lunchtime and not-to-be-missed dishes include lamb rib meat that is thrice marinated for 24 hours and then crisped in a wok; the show-stopping Red Lantern, crispy pieces of soft-shelled crab served in a basket of Sichuan dried peppers; and of course the Imperial Peking Duck that is hand-prepared and roasted in Hutong's dedicated duck oven, carved tableside and wrapped with housemade pancakes.

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas St., SE1 9RY; 020 7478 0540



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