Come with me to a rather special place in amongst the clouds of London. It’s a modern temple of gold and charcoal – and has heavenly city views. Oh, and the menu? The Aqua Shard weekend brunch array is as opulent as the surrounds. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all flowery descriptions, leisurely lingering and repeat visits are very much my own.]
It was the first out of the house lunch that Mr Kiwi and I enjoyed together in months – and so very much worth it as a special first taste.
We were greeted with cocktails, delivered especially with a David smile. The Aqua Shard team have gone to great length to do everything they can to provide peace of mind to diners; from restricting the amount of households in the 15-second lift to providing no-touch required QR codes for menus (though there are paper menus by request.) Your dedicated waiter/waitress wears a mask, hand sanitiser is everywhere and the tables aren’t just apart, but they are are set so that diners are facing away from other parties.
And yet this doesn’t affect the feel of an Aqua Shard visit. It’s still as special as normal.
We perused the menu (it was Mr Kiwi’s first QR menu and the techie in him just about exploded with joy) umming and aaaahing over the menu selection before us. The Aqua Shard weekend brunch has a 3 course menu; and eventually I chose to begin with their delicate ChalkStream® trout tartare served with Fennel, blood orange (I loved the flavour combination, it was bright and intriguing) whilst Mr Kiwi selected the eggs Benedict.
All those years of my influence are finally paying off!
We were a little late to have the Shard Breakfast which is available until 12pm (our booking was 1pm) so I knew exactly what I was ordering. When we celebrated Thanksgiving at Aqua Shard I was lucky enough to try the lobster thermidore, so there was absolutely no question what I was going to order this time. And it was heavenly – oh, and the cauliflower cheese gratin ws so good the waitress passed my effusive compliments to the chef. Mr Kiwi went classic English, choosing the roast beef – Hereford sirloin, Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and port jus.
It was a celebration of ingredients as we drank in that glorious view. I often bring friends and family to Aqua – it’s a wonderful spot to see the skyline, and every. single. time. I laugh that I keep expecting the view to be old hat, but it never is. Those chimney pots, sky scrapers, cranes and landmark always managed to weave their spell.
Yeah, the view isn’t too shabby at all.
I chose the Windermere tart, a summer fruit confection with gooseberries and coconut ice cream whilst the Mr chose the lemon posset served with a strawberry marmalade, elderflower sorbet and Scottish shortbread.
In a hilarious twist of fate, I’d ended up in Aqua Shard a few days before we brunched, for a cocktail or three with the girls. We arrive in broad daylight, leaving only once the moon was high in the heavens. The team always look after us so well, but this time they went the extra mile – when the girls found out I had meant to be in New Zealand/Vegas that week/day, they spoke to the bartender about making us a Vegas worthy cocktail. He not only made us one – a passionfruit/lychee martini with vanilla & hazlenut notes – he gallantly offered to name it after me. *swoon*
See what I mean? Just luscious.
Do you have a favourite spot that you take friends and family?
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