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Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

12th November 2016

Yesterday I took my parents to Oblix to try the “London Afternoon Tea” menu, a traditional afternoon tea with dishes that pay homage to the city of London. I booked the table weeks in advance and as the day approached I began to worry about the weather. Luckily we were blessed with a gorgeous day and clear panoramic views across the London skyline from the 32nd floor dining room.

London Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

Oblix is a contemporary, New York-style grill restaurant owned by German Chef and restaurateur Rainer Becker. The decor is sleek and sophisticated: dark floor and walls, low ceilings, granite tables, lots of yellow lights and golden details.

Becker previously worked as a Chef at Park Hyatt in Tokyo (where Sofia Coppola filmed Lost in Translation). As a big fan of the film, I have been to the 52nd floor bar years ago and thinking about it, Oblix does remind me of it.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The ShardAfternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

Oblix is located on the north-east corner of The Shard, so it offers views of the City of London (Sky Garden, Heron Tower and the Gherkin), City Hall and Tower Bridge; and Canary Wharf.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

The all-day menu aims to showcase British and European produce with many dishes prepared on the grill or in the wood-fired oven. In this upscale setting, the choice to serve a traditional English afternoon tea appears odd, at first. As I am used to go to 5-star hotels for afternoon tea, a skyscraper restaurant was a first.

Not that the novelty of the location stopped me from enjoying the meal at Oblix. With a view like that, I would have had a great time no matter what. That the afternoon tea was quite good was an added benefit.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

Our table was right by the window facing the east side; around it were two comfortable sofas in the place of chairs. Shortly after sitting down we were served glasses of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, which tasted delicious and was exactly what I needed to relax and kick-start the weekend.

London Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

The Oblix Afternoon Tea menu draws inspiration from London boroughs and features a blend of ingredients sourced from different parts of the city. A nice idea, so the afternoon tea becomes like a tasting journey through London.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

After the Champagne, we were served loose leaf tea, chosen among a selection of eight types. The Oblix blend tea is rich and aromatic with subtle citrus notes. I ordered one of my favourite teas, the Jasmine Silver Tip, a delicate white tea made with fresh jasmine flowers.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

The savoury sandwich selection at Oblix includes classic flavours like smoked salmon & cream cheese; ham, cheese & mustard; coronation chicken (with mango and coriander). There were also unusual pairings like cured Angus beef & horseradish; duck egg & truffle mayonnaise.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

After the savoury dish it was time to taste the scones, which were served warm with clotted cream and two choices of jam. I like big, light and golden scones – the kind you find in tea rooms in the English countryside. The ones at Oblix unfortunately were over-baked: the crust was brown and the bottom slightly burnt.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

As part of the Afternoon tea menu we were also served five kinds of cake: sea buckthorn meringue tart; chocolate stout and pear choux bun; pumpkin cake; cafe mocha mousse; and “crunchie” chocolate pecan bar.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The ShardAfternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

The bite-sized pumpkin cake with frosting was my favourite cake, followed by the decadent chocolate pecan slice.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

We were at Oblix for a couple of hours and so we experienced the restaurant’s daytime relaxed atmosphere as well as the night-time upbeat vibe. It’s a great spot for drinks and dinner (but maybe not a date as the room can get quite loud). Oblix is glamourous, without feeling pretentious or over the top. I am looking forward to visiting again in the future.

Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard Afternoon Tea at Oblix at The Shard

The Oblix Afternoon Tea is served every Monday to Friday from 12pm to 4pm. £38 per person (£48 with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne).

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Oblix. All opinions are my own. 

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