One thing the boy is great at is birthday presents and is even better at birthday dinners. I was excited, over the years he’s pulled out some pretty epic evenings and gifts. Burger & Lobster, Skylon and Barbecoa to name a few. So the bar was set high.
We met at London Bridge, so I had a suspicion we were heading to The Shard. Whooop we were, up to the 35th floor we went, to Ting. It was pretty swish with incredible views and a European inspired menu. Just gorgeous.
This was a super treat and I wanted to savor every second. We were shown to our table with both Tower Bridge and the Canary Wharf skyline in sight. There was a relaxed, romantic vibe about the room that felt so cheesily magical.
The menu was quite extensive with everything sounding so fancy. As usual I wanted it all, and turns out the 5 course tasting menu covers a pretty good chunk so that was settled.
A little amouse bouchè to get us started. This cute teacup of creamy mushroom soup with onion power was delish, so good we wanted an entire bowl full- yum.
Mike then ordered our fave red, a rich Rioja which we supped from gigantic glasses. A huge warm brown loaf was whisked over- always a fan of butter smothered carbyness.
Then the courses began. Fresh crab was topped with sweet apple, the contrasting flavours were beautiful. Only small, it packed a tasty citrus punch.
Time for a a gift. Whoop my fave part. Mike wrapped a chunk of Dutch cheese and some Belgian chocs. The clues weren’t too hard to work out where I was off to, but I opened my card to read the best bit…
A cruise ship was taking us to Amsterdam & Bruges in style. Wowzer I was one happy gal.
Next course. This unusual jelly like dome appeared surrounded by coffee granules. It was a super rich chicken parfait, with a layer of caramel. Sooo sweet, each mouthful I had to keep asking myself if I liked it. Such a strange but moreish taste. I spread it on the glazed brioche buns that came alongside. Definelty a unique taste, but it worked.
Next up my favourite course. As a risotto fan this paprika and chorizo mix was amazing. Full of flavour and topped with the juiciest plump pieces of lobster – just wow. Clean plates all round.
Then the mains. I was here for a tasting menu so went alouf and got the fish. My peice of Dover sole wasn’t bad, it said it came with a curry foam but sadly I couldn’t seem to taste much of this. A nice dish but I wasn’t as blown away as the previous courses, if anything it wasn’t fishy enough. Meh.
Slight food envy of Mike’s choice. Pork with brocolli and hoi sin sauce. The meat was so good – I had a cheeky taste.
Although small portions, we were honestly left feeling full. But obvs we both had the dessert. A mix of chocolate, lemon, meringue and soft oaty biscuits. The presentation was lovely and wasn’t too heavy. Nice and refreshing.
Some chocolates and selfies to finish my perfect birthday evening.
Ting definitely has the wow factor. I couldn’t of asked for anything better. The views, atmosphere, service and food was top notch. One happy birthday gal, good job Mikey!
We Uber’d home to get ready for the next few days of carnage before we set sail. Full steam ahead into my thirties!