Oblix at The Shard Review: Dining in The Sky

Dining in Western Europe’s tallest building: A Review of Oblix at the Shard London

I had been planning this weekend for months. My partners birthday. He’s never really celebrated his birthday in the previous years because he’s the type that just sees it as another day. This is why I refuse to let him do the same this year and believe that it is just another day. Everything had to be perfect. The hotel room; the theatre surprise; dinner at Oblix. Everything.

I had been to Oblix at The shard once before and I could only remember wonderful things about this restaurant. And if I wanted to blow my partner away, I knew this had to be the place. Admittedly, I left the booking a tad late (which I don’t recommend anybody to do if you want a table at Oblix). I called up a couple of days in advance and requested a table at Oblix West.

Sorry madam, we are fully booked.”

As silly as it sounds, my heart broke a little. It felt as if all my plans were ruined because I left it a little too late. They offered me a table at Oblix East instead. Oblix West was my absolute first choice but I took what I could get in this case.

What is Oblix and What’s The Difference Between Oblix West and Oblix East?

Located on the 32nd floor of Western Europe’s tallest building and one of Europe’s most iconic landmarks, the Shard, Oblix is a New-York grill inspired restaurant opened by German-born chef, Rainer Becker; an award-winning chef that holds the Puma and Roka brands to his name. The 200 seat restaurant and lounge were designed by Italian architect and designer Claudio Silverstrin which features a stylish and modern palette of browns and wooden sophistication so the atmosphere is left dark, allowing the main focus of your experience to be more than just the food, but the spectacular London cityscape.

The restaurant comprises of two restaurant areas. Oblix West is your more formal and traditional dining venue with a large open kitchen. Oblix East is your more casual dining experience which offers a separate daytime menu and live music during the evening.

A modern palette of browns and wooden sophistication so the atmosphere is left dark, allowing the main focus of your experience to be more than just the food, but the spectacular London cityscape.

The Food

I love going into a restaurant and getting the feeling of wanting to order everything on the menu. And that’s exactly the feeling I got at Oblix. An ordering of smoked salmon on flatbread with squid with lime and chilli to accommodate was the perfect way to start. The squid was well battered and the flatbread still had that crunch with the perfect combination of cream cheese and chives against the salmon. For mains, my partner and I ordered a bone in ribeye 1100g steak to share. Yes, you read correctly. 1100g. For a man that could eat steak every day for dinner if he had to, 1100g seemed outrageous compared to your regular 300g ribeye steak on the menu.

I feel as if this steak needs a post of its own. Instead, I’m going to start a new paragraph dedicated specifically to this steak because it was just something I had never tasted before. The thing with me and steak is that I like steak. But I don’t like it enough to order it when I’m out for dinner because the majority of restaurants I’ve been to get it so wrong. It’s either dry or chewy. This 1100g steak at Oblix was neither. The meat melted against my steak knife like butter, the flavour burst with juices and just a simple butter dip was enough to give it that wow factor. It would have still been amazing without any sort of dip. My partner’s had a lot of steak in his time. He claimed that this was probably one of the best steaks he has ever had in his life, which is a bold statement to make…but I agree. We ordered a side of chips and tender-stem broccoli to balance out the meat (as if this steak wasn’t enough for the both of us). The sides were great but nothing could take the focus away from the steak. And believe it when I tell you we finished every single inch of it. Not because it was a small portion for both of us but because it was just that good. 

The steak itself killed us but no matter how full you are, you will always have room for dessert.  The restaurant arranged a lovely birthday message and candle on our toffee, banana and creme brûlée tart. It was simply the perfect amount of sweetness to top off our evening.

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The Atmosphere

The first time I visited Oblix at the Shard was over a year or two ago. We ate at Oblix West where it was a little more formal fine dining. I wanted to surprise my partner with something special this time around so I had requested a table at Oblix West. However disappointingly, they only had tables at Oblix East – the more casual side of Oblix. And with that, I took what I could get – but it wasn’t what I preferred.

We all know that The Shard has its dominance within London. A building that boasts of sophistication and elegance. And I guess you can probably imagine what a cityscape view looks like both in the daytime and nighttime but walking into Oblix is a whole other story. The ambience is what makes the dining experience so spectacular. Without the energy that it possesses, Oblix would just be another restaurant with a nice view, no matter how good the food is. With its sleek interiors, high stools and low sofas, the restaurant is romantically seductive with a high level of energy running through that radiates from the kitchen to the staff and the heart and soul of the restaurant. It’s as if you can feel that everybody there was there to celebrate something and that’s what makes it perfect.

The Service

The one thing that could kill a whole experience. Instead, the service was a factor that added to the whole experience. We stepped out the lift onto the 32nd floor and from there we were treated like royalty. The wonderful thing about Oblix at The Shard is that the staff look like they enjoy working there. Everybody walks with a bounce, everybody waits with a smile and everybody greets you with warmth and a smile that’s nothing less than inviting.

The Cheque Out

Of course the price is how you tend to perceive it in terms of cheap or expensive but I can tell you one thing, this wouldn’t be a place you’d want to go every week for dinner. This is most certainly a special occasion destination and a wonderful one at that. You should expect to pay about £100 per person and that’s with a glass of wine. Our order of two starters; one 1000g steak to share; two sides; two drinks and one dessert cost us just under £200 including a 12.5% service charge. In all honesty, for the amount that we ordered, I expected our bill to come out much higher. Although it’s not the cheapest meal I’ve paid for, I would happily pay that again for a special occasion combined with a great tasting dinner.

During weekdays, Oblix East offers a deli menu priced at £29 for three courses. During weekends, they offer a three-course brunch priced at £58 and an evening offering of a sharing menu consisting of plates that range from £6 to £18.50; meat dishes ranging from £18.50 to £80 and also seafood ranging from £24 to £38.

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The Bottom Line

There’s something that fascinates me about Oblix. Aside from the obvious cityscape view that is offered with the menu but possibly the energy that fills the atmosphere while you dine. From the moment you step foot into The Shard, crossing security, heading up the lift to a place that will take your breath away once you step out. Entering Oblix is an experience within itself. And an indescribable experience at that.

The panoramic views of London are just as good in the day as it is in the evening, if not better. Oblix has most definitely made it to one of the top destinations on my list when it comes to special occasion dining. Some like to come for a drink; some like to have a bit of lunch. Whatever the occasion, I assure you Oblix at The Shard will not disappoint you. It’s a view and an experience that you just can’t compete with.


Oblix at the Shard is great for: Special occasion dining and engagement celebrations
Oblix at The Shard Website
: www.oblixrestaurant.com
Restaurant Type: New York Inspired Grill with a contemporary focus
Dress Code: Smart for Oblix West and Smart Casual for Oblix East (No sportswear, shorts or flip flops)
Price Range: £50+
Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Nearest tube station: London Bridge
Contact Number: 0207 7268 6700
Email Address: info@oblixrestaurant.com
Opening hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday 12.00 – 14.30. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12.00-15.30. Dinner: Monday to Sunday 18.00-22.30

View the Oblix East Menu here

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Oblix at the Shard review

Restaurant Name: Oblix

Restaurant Description: Located on the 32nd floor of the Western Europe's tallest building and one of Europe's most iconic landmarks, the Shard, Oblix is a New-York grill inspired restaurant opened by German-born chef, Rainer Becker; an award-winning chef that holds the Puma and Roka brands to his name. The 200 seat restaurant and lounge was designed by Italian architect and designer Claudio Silverstrin which features a stylish and modern palette of browns and wooden sophistication so the atmosphere is left dark, allowing the main focus of your experience to be more than just the food, but the spectacular London cityscape. The restaurant comprises of two restaurant areas. Oblix West is your more formal and traditional dining venue with a large open kitchen. Oblix East is your more casual dining experience which offers a separate daytime menu and live music during the evening.

Price range: £20 - £100

Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

Cuisine: New York style grill

Telephone: 0207 7268 6700

  • The Food
  • The Service
  • The Decor
  • The Ambiance
  • The Price

Summary

There’s something that fascinates me about Oblix. Aside from the obvious cityscape view that is offered with the menu but possibly the energy that fills the atmosphere whilst you dine. From the moment you step foot into The Shard, crossing security, heading up the lift to a place that will absolutely take your breathe away once your step out. Entering Oblix is an experience within itself. And an indescribable experience at that.

The panoramic views of London is just as good in the day as it is in the evening, if not better. Oblix has most definitely made it to one of the top destinations on my list when it comes to special occasion dining. Some like to come for a drink; some like to have a bit of lunch. Whatever the occasion, I assure you Oblix at The Shard will not disappoint you. It’s a view and an experience that you just can’t compete with.

Overall
4

Pros

  • Great atmosphere
  • Creates the concept of dining as an experience
  • Perfect service
  • Great tasting dishes

Cons

  • Can get fairly noisy during the evening
  • Pricey menu
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