Ting Restaurant, which means ‘living room’ in Chinese, is the main restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, London, and is located on level 35 of the Shard. The ground floor entrance has a Chinese art painting, which is the signal that you have come back to Shangri-La.
I booked a table for dinner for my 40th birthday weekend. Luca and I were genuinely excited about the meal.
The views across London
The most outstanding aspect of Ting Restaurant, which is 128 metres above ground level, was the 360-degree view across the River Thames, which took in Tower Bridge, Maritime Greenwich and Canary Wharf.
Our table at Ting was directly above London Bridge Mainline Station. At sunset, it was raining outside, and the raindrops and thin mist over the views made it even more mysterious. It took our breath away, as we had a surreal experience enjoying dinner while seeing the whole city from above. The views were incredible.
Ting has Asian influences to its décor, taken from the characteristics of Shangri-La Hotels, but the restaurant offers a modern European menu. We started with glasses of champagne for a toast. Three different types of bread and seaweed butter had a mouth-watering aroma.
My starter was Dorset Crab garnished with cucumber and Granny Smith apple. I loved this refreshing and flavourful crab, which was the right combination with champagne.
I was so glad to see the twilight views illuminating the buildings, and Luca filmed me asking: “what are your goals for the next ten years?” I couldn’t find any prompt answers for the question, because I simply felt happy that I have good health and surrounded by good friends and role models.
Luca had a sirloin steak, and I had Salt Marsh lamb with potato for our main course. They were beautifully presented. I loved my meal and realised that I tend to have a lamb steak on special occasions. I also had a glass of white wine, and we immersed ourselves in conversation.
We had chosen the same dessert, titled ‘Passion and Banana’, which was delicious! We were also served chocolate cream-filled sandwich biscuits and fruit jellies, with a little additional chocolate slab that had the words ‘happy birthday’ on it.
The three-course dinner at Ting at Shangri-La was a fantastic experience.
The special treat for my 40th birthday was not done yet. We had one more special meal the following day.
How to Get There
Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel
31 St Thomas Street
SE1 9QU London