Gong & Ting!


Dinner and Drinks at the Shangri-La London

Drinks at the Shard has been on my to-do list for months, in fact I think I have not so subtly hinted about it to everyone I know in London.

Wine's Eye View



I'll admit my main reason for wanting to go was to snap a cool Instagram…


Goal achieved! If I do say so myself ;)



The bar at the top of the Shard is called 'GONG' and it is part of the Shangri-La Hotel.


It operates on a first come first served basis so you are better off heading there early. We had drinks at 6pm, which was perfect as the bar wasn't crammed with people and we managed to secure ourselves a wonderful spot by the window.


I spent my usual 15 minutes debating what cocktail to get before final deciding that when in doubt champagne is the way to go!


Mum was far less confused in life than me and instantly decided on a vodka tonic.


After taking countless photos of our drinks from all possible angles (and then of course drinking our drinks!) we made our way down to Ting on the 35 floor.


Ting serves a mix of British and Asian fusion cuisine with a focus on Chinese flavours in particular.


If you read my blog on the reg you will know I am crazy about risotto, I legit stop reading the rest of the menu as soon as I see it on there.

Ting Restaurant - photo credit by the Shangri-La


Ting's take on Risotto was unique, the paprika and chorizo gave a spicy tangy taste to the rice but it worked well and turned out to nicely complement the creamy parmesan taste.



My mum had the Dorset Crab, which was lovely and fresh as it was served with cucumber, mango, tomato, and passion fruit – perfect summer dish!

Dorset Crab with cucumber, mango, tomato, and passion fruit

For the main course I had Lamb Loin done with an Asian twist as it was cooked with sake, soy, eryngii mushroom, apple and shiso.

Rhug Estate Lamb Lion with sake, soy, eryngii mushrooms, apple, and shiso

I couldn't get enough of the mashed potatos, they were so creamy and soft! The tiny amount shown in picture gives a false perception, I helped myself to plenty more on the side.


My mum went for the Dover Sole for her main, and how the Chef managed to present the Dover Sole in an almost cylindrical shape is beyond me, no hunks of fish thrown onto a plate here.

Dover Sole with wild garlic, edamame, and lemon

By the time desert came around my mother abandoned ship complaining she was too full so I had to carry the flag all by myself and order the ominously named "Chocolate and Cherry" dessert.

Chocolate and Cherry - chocolate curd, cherry compote, cherry beer sorbet, cocoa crumble

A tough task, but of course I couldn't leave you hanging without letting you know what the desserts were like!


I am still not entirely sure how to describe the "Chocolate and Cherry" dessert. It came out looking like a very pretty flower pot and it had a bizarre almost crunchy chocolate texture with a soft cherry mousse centre.



Chocolate in all forms is fine by me so I was happy, plus I felt like I was a foodie insider trying out this cool new dessert form that I had never heard of before.


We somehow managed to crawl back to our room after our epic meal… If you missed out on all the room deets then you can check out my post here.


Just to wrap up this post I have to tell you that I also met the lovely Ania during my stay who gave me a sneak peak at the Shangri La's 'London Suite'.


The room should be a lotto advertisement. It's ridiculous!


It reminded me about a conversation I once overheard in a coffee shop about someone's uncle who worked in quality control in the Shangri-La. From what I gathered his job consisted of flying around the world and making sure all the Shangri-La Hotels were up to scratch…


Well when the rooms look like this all I want to know is where do I sign up?


If you want to find out more about Ting and Gong you can check out their website here.
Happy Travels!

Liakada

26 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a lovely time! Everything looks amazing, I'd love to go one day :) xx

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    1. I really hope you get to go! It was lovely :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  2. Stunning shots!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Photographe Gil Zetbase
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  3. nice post!
    f4f?
    All the best
    Isidora
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  4. The drinks, the food and the view look amazing!

    LUXESSED

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    1. It was all so good! I want to go back!

      Ash | Liakada

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  5. that is such a fabulous place! and the food is just TDF! glad you went there.lovely photos :)


    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  6. Wow talk about a chic hotel, I have only stopped by the one in Vancouver
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. It's super nice! I'd love to check out their other branches!

      Ash | Liakada

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  7. The place looks amazing.
    And the views are breathtaking.
    Love it

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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    1. Thanks so much Zarrah, it was lovely!

      Ash | Liakada

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  8. I really really really like it!

    Alice Cerea,
    BABYWHATSUP.COM

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  9. Great, Yummy, Delicious, I want to have them all

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  10. I'm glad you finally got there to enjoy some drinks and a lovely meal with your mum - I must be dragging my heels as I still haven't got around to it! How nice you got a peek into the suite too, it really does look magnificent :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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    1. You should definitely go, the view is so worth it!

      Ash | Liakada

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  11. I remember being in London when this building was being constructed. Nice to see photos of the inside X

    http://www.leopardandspice.com/

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    1. I still can't get over how new it is!

      Ash | Liakada

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  12. If you figure out where to sign up, let me know? I'm up for that job, too!

    Corinne x
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  13. Is it wrong, that I am sitting here wishing I was having this for dinner? lol. I mean just look at everything, looks amazing. Thanks for taking us along with you.

    Kia / House of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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    1. It was so good Kia! I hope you can go an enjoy it sometime :)

      Ash | Liakada

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