Restaurant: Aqua Shard – The Shard, London

The 16th September always seems to come around fast – it doesn’t seem like a week has passed since we celebrated our third anniversary at Sushi Samba. Now a year later and we’re shooting up to the top of another London skyscraper, ready for a monumental meal and milestone in our relationship.

With our finest clobber on we were a little surprised to see an LA Lakers shirt being donned by the first gent we saw upon arrival – maybe it’s not as high brow as we thought, but thankfully, that wasn’t reflected in the food nor service.

Having booked the three course set menu for £44 per person, we’d eyed up the diverse brunch options  on the web beforehand, contemplating the less than traditional dishes with wanting to take the opportunity to try something new.

Yellowfin tuna tartare with soft quail egg and avocado puree certainly fitted the desire for something different and it was absolutely delicious. The fish was flavoursome, egg bursting with yoke and the sourdough bread and butter was just perfect. Meanwhile the buttermilk pancakes with berries, streaky bacon, creme fraiche and maple syrup was equally delectably soft, spongy and guilt tripping.

Facing out towards St Paul’s cathedral, Blackfriars and London Eye, we had the perfect window seated position, despite the weather being typically gloomy. With plans to head out West to Kew Gardens following brunch, we thought it was at jeopardy. However the sun unexpectedly came out and we enjoyed a glorious afternoon strolling through the spiritual home of David Attenborough – check out our travel post from the afternoon.

Big expectations of the main courses were fully justified within moments of it touching down on the table. Jessica’s wagyu brunch burger was so big it required a knife but it was the black truffle and parmesan fries that stole the show. The flavour was strong but well balanced and perfectly complemented the tender burger and treacle cured bacon.

Having gone for a unique starter, it was time to channel the traditional fella within me and opt for the classic full English breakfast. Everything down to the baked beans and tomato had a coating of luxury on it, so much so that I’m thinking about labelling it the best I’ve ever had.

With dessert and midday coming at around the same point, we were completely full and were hoping the final course would be little and light. We both ordered the white chocolate and lime cheesecake, but of course The Shard does not do ordinary so when it arrived deconstructed, we shouldn’t have been surprised. It was amazing. The freshest of strawberries, delightful almond crumble and white choc cream gave us just the right way to end a wonderful meal.

Not a place we’d go to every Sunday, but Aqua Shard was a fantastic choice of venue for our fourth anniversary. The food was faultless, service attentive and the view was outstanding. The next 16th September is a bit of a biggy and we think we know where we want to go. All we’ll say is that it’s not on home soil.

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★★

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  1. Chloe Dickenson
    September 24, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Ah happy 4th anniversary to you both! It sounds like a wonderful day! The food here looks and sounds delicious, I'd certainly love the full English breakfast and the deconstructed cheesecake would definitely be my choice of dessert! xwww.imjustagirl16.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a great start to our day for sure!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. What Corinne Did
    September 24, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I have never been to the Shard but I would love to go eat up there! the view must be so amazing! And the food looks delicious too! Who does not love a full english breakfast?!

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      The views are stunning – defo worth the visit up there!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Lisa's Notebook
    September 24, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Oh, wow, your photos are just AMAZING, I should not have read your post before tea, I'm so hungry now, haha! This looks like such a fantastic restaurant, and I'm very glad your food didn't reflect your waiter's attire :)Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      It was a great place to spend our anniversary and the views are to die for!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Amie Cadwallader
    September 24, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time my lovely and happy 4th anniversary my lovely! Love, Amie ❤The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      Had the best time! Thank you so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Glow Steady
    September 24, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely day! Happy anniversary!! All of your photos are incredible. The burger looks amazing xSophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much! Ugh it was delicious!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. secondstartotheright
    September 28, 2018 / 10:27 am

    £44 per person for 3 courses is really reasonable! The food looks amazing!Jennyhttp://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      So reasonable! Exactly what we thought when we saw it, eapcially for where it is!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    September 29, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Oh my gosh this place looks so beautiful. I'll be checking out their veggie and vegan menu, thanks for sharing lovelies 💗With love, Alisha Valerie x

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Please do! It’ll be so worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. A L R E
    September 30, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Very happy to hear that the restaurant experience didn't match the attire of the first chap you saw – what a let down that would've been for £44 a head! My boyfriend and I were originally planning on going away somewhere in December but instead we have decided to stay closer to home and go for a fancy meal out so a place like this might be exactly what we go for! My mouth is watering looking at your full English brekkie, I definitely should've eaten before reading this! The tuna tartare might be a bit intimidating for me but the pancakes sound incredible – this is restaurant inspiration at its finest!Abbey xxx

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      We usually go for going on holiday for our anniversary, but like you we’ve opted for staying closer to home and it was defo a great choice!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Bethany Jane
    October 1, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Happy anniversary to you both, what a way to celebrate it! The food looks amazing and I bet the view was incredible too. I'd love to visit the Shard one day, £44 for a three-course meal is actually a really reasonable price. Also that cheesecake is just calling my name haha!Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh the cheesecake was so great!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. Girl Masked
    October 5, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Happy Anniversary!I'd love to go to the Shard someday!The meals are so beautifully presented, especially the dessert. It looks divine! That English breakfast looks yum too!

    • Food and Baker
      October 17, 2018 / 12:44 pm

      So beautiful, defo matched the view we had in front of us!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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