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Dinner with a View at Shangri-La Hotel’s TING Restaurant and Lounge in London

By Holly Rosen Fink, GoGirlfriend Contributor

Dining in the living room of the Shard

I love to eat just as much as I love to travel, and it’s not very often that I dine in luxury. So, when the opportunity arose for my family to dine at Shangri-La Hotel’s TING Restaurant and Lounge in London during a recent visit to the UK, I was keen. I knew nothing about the restaurant, but I had heard of the hotel, which is a contemporary five-star property and part of Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group.

the Shangri-La at the ShardTING is located on the hotel’s 35th floor of the iconic Renzo Piano designed building, The Shard. Once you see that building, it’s hard to forget what it looks like and the thought of having dinner inside was some kind of wonderful. It’s perfect for a romantic evening, or an evening with the girls, or in my case, dinner with my mother-in-law.

More about my mother-in-law: she hails from Manchester. At age 81, she looks fantastic. She’s a meticulous dresser, with a taste for luxury. And yes, she loves the royal family. Needless to say, when I told her about dinner at TING during her visit to London, she was more than excited.  We both knew this would be a night to remember, without question, for us, and one that she would tell her friends about for days to come.

TING, a restaurant to remember

Prior to dinner, we had been on the London Eye, which has the most dazzling views of London. One wouldn’t think the The TING Restaurant with a great view360-degree views could get better than that. But they did at TING. Windows look down on London over the whole of the River Thames from every angle and you feel as though you are flying above the city. From above, we could see Tower Bridge, Maritime Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the houses of Parliament, the historic counties of Kent, Surrey, and Sussex - all in full view and truly sublime.

TING is Chinese for “living room,” which explains its relaxed, Asian-inspired setting. The restaurant is very sophisticated, with dark wood floors, chandeliers, Chinese paintings, and a window backdrop. We walked around, took photos of the views, and of ourselves with the views of London behind us. After all, it was a very special occasion, so we were all dressed to the nines.

Dinner at TING

My husband, mother-in-law, and I opted for the three-course meal (£70 per person) with the wine pairing (an additional £40 pp), my two teens had the three-course meal on its own. The service at TING is excellent, and our waiter was very attentive, as was our designated sommelier.

foodie delights at London's TING RestaurantChef Jeremy Brown leads a dedicated team who prepares cuisine using ingredients sourced locally from the nearby Borough Markets and Bermondsey. The British-inspired dishes are exquisite. Starters include Chalk Stream Farm Sea Trout, Burrata, Beef Tartare, or Dorset Crab (£10 Supplement). The ingredients are fresh and the flavors divine. I had the Burrata with shiso salsa, which melted in my mouth. Other family members had the Beef Tartare, which even my two kids enjoyed.

Our main course options included Sussex Dairy Cow, Cotswolds Chicken Breast, Line Caught Stone Bass, and Monkfish. The wine pairings were chosen carefully, and our sides were equally delicious (Sauteed New Potatoes, Green Beans, Tandoori Hispi Cabbage, and a warm Summer Salad). The spices and sauces are Asian-inspired, combined with traditional English ingredients.

Leave room for dessert

Dessert was equally delightful. The Cherry Pavlova with cherry sorbet and pistachio cream is as delicious as it sounds. My kids had the Chocolate and Avocado Cream with passion fruit and mango sorbet. Are you salivating now? Another option was Vanilla Baba with peach compote and fresh mint sorbet. The dessert wine pairing made it even more memorable.

A 2019-2020 TING special

TING's offers special experiences and seasonal offeringsThis spring, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is celebrating its fifth birthday throughout the month of May. The hotel opened its doors on May 6th, 2014. To mark the milestone, the hotel is launching several special anniversary offers from exclusive cocktails to an overnight package, alongside exciting social media competitions for hotel guests and enthusiasts of The Shard alike. In TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge, guests can dine on an especially created anniversary five-course tasting menu which has been crafted using British produce such as Dorset crab, Scottish Salmon and Sussex beef.  

The TING verdict?

inside the 35th floor TING RestaurantIt was truly a meal to remember. We had the views; we all tried foods we had never tasted before; the wine pairings were beautiful; and the service was supreme.

While a meal at TING is not cheap, and I feel very lucky to have had it comp’d to facilitate this article and others, it is worth every penny, but another option is lunch or high tea, which are both cheaper. This is a special experience restaurant. Put it on your bucket list.

Location: Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London; Phone: (44 20) 7234 8108

Check out the Shangri-La Hotel, London and the Ting Restaurant online, the Ting Restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor, their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds and find more on Ting Experiences here. We always recommend you book early to reserve your next Ting Experience opportunity.

The Ting Restaurant, nestled on the 35th floor overlooking the wonder of London, seems like a delightful spot to gather and reconnect. Have you enjoyed a meal there and paused to enjoy the sightlines? We’d love to hear your experience. Drop a comment below and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: Holly’s meal was complimentary, but all opinions are her own.

About Holly Rosen Fink

@hollyrosenfinkHolly Rosen Fink is a Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Branding and Social Media expert and writer based in Larchmont, New York. She is a current contributor to Trekaroo, OffMetro, Family Vacation Critic, and Women and Hollywood.

 

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