As a festive treat I decided to book brunch at Aqua Shard to mark the beginning of the Christmas holidays. The restaurant is located on the 31st floor and enjoys magnificent views across London.
Aqua Shard is all the things you would imagine of a restaurant in The Shard: chic, cosmopolitan and contemporary. The dark decor features small touches of Liberty print fabrics which give the venue a quirky British edge.
We were seated at a window table with views that blew us away. The service was fast, however we distinctly noticed no one greeted us (or said goodbye at the end of our meal).
I ordered the Colchester Blue Lobster, poached egg, toasted English muffin and hollandaise sauce, which was presented elegantly. I was a little disappointed to find that the dish featured claw meat, rather than tail, but aside from that the dish was delicious.
Russell ordered a promising Full English Breakfast featuring Old House Farm eggs and Maynard's Farm treacle cured smoked streaky bacon. Although the portion size was generous, most of the dish was burnt, and therefore wasn't eaten.
We also ordered breakfast cocktails which have since been removed from the menu. I believe it was called 'the cornflake' as it included Kellogg's infused milk.
The brunch was a lovely morning with spectacular views that cannot be beaten. However I can't help but think that as this is a tourist hot spot with a rotating door of customers the service and attention to detail has been overlooked.
Would we return? Yes for the view, but not for the food. The views are dazzling from 31 storeys up, but is the service isn't as high class.