Weekday breakfast's are usually an omelette at my desk or a shake on the way to work. However on Tuesday I got up extra early to go meet Bookatable at 7:30am for Breakfast at Ting at The Shard,
We were meeting as they wanted me to take some photos for their own blog and also discuss some exciting new plans, which I'll explain later on the blog.
But first, Ting. Located on level 35 of The Shard, the word Ting derives from the Chinese for Living Room, and that's because it is supposed to be a relaxing, welcoming restaurant, opposed to the more formal Shard restaurants.
I'm always saddened that I don't get to enjoy midweek breakfast menu's because of work, however I realized that actually I could, but it's more a case of that I like my sleep too much.
However what a view to have my morning coffee to eh?
I've said it a million times to people who are visiting London, don't pay to go to the View at the Shard tourist attraction which costs £25.95 (advanced). Instead go to one of The Shard's many bars and buy a drink and soak up the views from up there.
Same views, just a little lower down, yet you get a great drink or two and somewhere warm to sit and chat.
You can order a la carte or from the hot and cold buffet. We of course decided to do both. Well fuel for the coming work day right?
My lovely Bookatable hosts ordered Eggs Benedict and the Full English. I was told both were great.
I on the other hand ordered the French Toast. Oh I do love French Toast. It was a lovely light consistency with a sort of airy spring to it as I put my fork in it. My only criticism was there wasn't enough. They had cut off the crusts and with quite a wide margin it seemed.
However fear not, as luckily we had also gone for the buffet option, and what a feast it is. Let me show you around a little.
There is the cereal station with runny honey too.
There are muffins, pastries and still warm bread rolls and slices in every variety you could want.
There is fruit, cold cut meats, smoked salmon, cheese and even quiche.
Now over on the other counter are the rather more peculiar items. Spaghetti bolognese for breakfast anyone?
Or even Dim Sum?
Seriously, you could actually stock up on all 3 meals in one go. I wonder if I'd had the day off, could I just have stayed there all day for all meals from the buffet?
We piled our plates high with bread and cheese and salmon. Make sure you try their cheese selection. I can't remember the names of the cheeses I had- too busy stuffing my face- but they were really good. Finally we rounded things off with a yogurt for 'dessert'.
I really wish I could have stayed here longer, as it really is a stunning space, and the views are of course amazing. The service was attentive but not claustrophobic which is sometimes a problem at more fancy places.
Oh and if you order the buffet, it is unlimited tea and coffee which to be honest would have me staying for hours alone.
Oh and I did have to try some dim sum for breakfast. Weird at that time in the morning, but still darn good.
Sadly the clock was ticking and I had to rush off to start my day.
However if you go in a bit of a rush too, please do me a favour and go the loo's first.
It's practically a spa for your bum in there!
Oh and you can even charge your phone whilst you sit on the toilet.
Now that's one way to start your day.
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