The new Oblix restaurant in the tallest building in the UK has finally opened its doors (May 7th).
The restaurant, which is on the 32nd floor of The Shard, has space for 100 covers, features a New York-style grill and bar, and will be open for both lunch and dinner. This will be the latest site operated by both Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, who are also responsible for Roka and Zuma, the latter of which will open a new branch in New York in 2014.
Mr Becker said: "The building is quite incredible and I was immediately struck by the power of its design. The more I looked at it, the more I thought of New York and the height and boldness of the buildings there. The idea for Oblix grew from that really."
Oblix will be the first business to create hospitality jobs in the skyscraper, but two more restaurants and a hotel are set to take home in The Shard over the next year. The two food businesses set to open in June and July respectively are the 130-cover Hutong on the 33rd level and the 220-cover Aqua Shard, both of which will be operated by David Yeo's Aqua Restaurant Group.
Hutong, named after the same restaurant in Hong Kong, will specialise in the cuisine of north China, and will feature lunch and dinner menus, private dining suites and a three-storey bar. Aqua Shard meanwhile will have a British menu and will serve food all day with breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.
In total, all three restaurants will be able to feed 550 covers and do wonders for the hospitality industry in the local area.
Irvine Sellar of London Bridge Quarter added: "The breadth and quality of the restaurants at The Shard will be matched by their exquisite design and dramatic setting. Together, they will make The Shard and London Bridge Quarter the aspirational destination for food and wine lovers the world over. 2013 will see The Shard really come to life."
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