Luxury Afternoon Tea - TÎNG at Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard

Luxury Afternoon Tea - TÎNG at Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard


Posted 2017-10-27 by Nicole Jfollow

Stepping out of the ear-popping lifts onto the 35th floor of Ting in The Shard is a treat. There are majestic views of the River Thames, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. The black cabs, red buses and people down below, like tiny ants scurrying around.

Ting means 'lounge room' in Cantonese. The soft Oriental furnishings in greys, blues, browns and white, portray a relaxed ambience. Light tinkling drifts over from a pianist in one corner and the chic flower arrangements dotted around make it feel like we are sitting in someone's rather posh lounge room. The decor is modern and the glass walls allow crystal clear views over London.

Our waiter presents us with a choice of over 30 teas and asks us to choose between the classic English or Asian-inspired afternoon tea. The traditional tea set comes with crustless Roasted Angus Beef finger sandwiches and Local Duck Egg in a mini brioche, while the South East Asian afternoon tea features Mango Rice Paper Rolls, Crab Tart and Vietnamese Coffee Choux.

Both menus are enticing so we opt for one of each. The waiter nods approvingly. To whet our appetite, he brings cold welcome tea in fine bone China cups. Warm water poured over the dry ice sends billows of vapour spilling out and over the edge of the table. It's a fun way to start our high tea experience.

We starved ourselves all day for this much-anticipated afternoon tea and broke our fast with the sandwiches. Particularly tasty on the classic afternoon tea set, were the Roasted Angus Beef, Vintage Cheddar and London Cured Salmon.

The beef was paired beautifully with the English mustard butter. It reminded me of a hearty Sunday roast. The London Cured Salmon flakes in my mouth and has a piquant umami quality. We shyly order more sandwiches and our waiter is happy to oblige.

We were pleasantly surprised by the canapés on the Asian-inspired menu. I am not usually a fan of fusion food but the Crab Tart complimented with ginger and sweet chilli sauce is an exquisite myriad of flavours and does justice to this classic British ingredient. The Beetroot Cured Salmon with Sesame and Yuzu is decidedly moreish. We cheekily order the entire Asian savoury menu again.

We expect the scones to be the star of the show and they do not disappoint. They are fluffy inside and even the glaze on top is tasty. There are two types, plain and raisin and both are delightful. The big question is should one put jam on first, followed by cream a la Cornwall style or clotted cream topped with jam as per the Devon method?

We hardly have room for the cakes but for the sake of this review we push ourselves. Among the more interesting are the fragrant Pandan Exotic Gateau with piped coconut cream and Raspberry Lychee Macaron with a subtle hint of rose. For me though, the cakes are prettier to look at rather than eat.

The bathrooms have Toto toilets with heated seats, as well as USB cables to charge a smartphone. I get slight vertigo peering down 128m over the sweeping views of South London.

Service is friendly although becomes slightly patchy as it got busy towards the end of the day. We call over the maitre d' to chase up our order. Impressively he manages to remember our complicated request of savoury and sweet treats and brings them promptly. We all agree that the savouries have a slight edge over the cakes, pretty though they look.

Ting in The Shard is conveniently located directly above Bridge, 21 Duke St Hill, London SE1 2SW/T& #298 ;NG, Saint Thomas Street, London/@51.5048968,-0.0886173,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x4876035747ecc86f:0x949a2d8ba1bca2df!2m2!1d-0.0869756!2d51.5055848!1m5!1m1!1s0x4876035a0aa620fb:0xdd61fa480836adf8!2m2!1d-0.0856468!2d51.5043354!3e2 London Bridge Underground tube station . If it is raining, it is not a problem as you can get from tube to your table without getting wet.

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