What I spend the majority of my money on is food. I love a meal out, I love a meal in, I just love food. They don't call me Miss Piggy for no reason. I decided to treat my mum to a meal at The Shard for a very late Mothers Day present. A mate of mine had told me about the Weekend Brunch Menu in the restaurant Oblix. It's buffet style starters and desserts (all you can eat obviously) and then you pick a main from the menu. You also get a glass of champagne or cocktail on arrival.
The Shard is located right by London Bridge Station so it's easy to get to. If you go on a Saturday you can have a walk around Borough Market what always has a great atmosphere. The Oblix is on the 32nd floor so if you do visit try go on a sunny day so you can get the best out of the views. Once seated we ordered our drinks and main and was then told we can help ourselves. I can't remember the name of the cocktail I had but it was fresh and reminded me of a proper summer drink.
Well for starters there was plenty to pick from. And not your typical buffet style starters either. There were cheeses, sausage rolls, plenty of salads including Asian and potato, fish including smoked salmon, spinach and pepper quiche, grilled aubergine and cold meats to name a few. My favourites were the tomato and mozzarella salad. The mozzarella was so creamy it practically melted in your mouth. The prawn cocktail that was served in a cute shell and the brochette. The brochette wasn't your typical tomato one but had cream cheese and olives on top. I would of been happy just eating the starters all day!
Now for the main I decided to have the sirloin steak with a fried egg and hash brown. My mum had the half lobster and there was broccoli and chips on the side. The steak was perfect. Wasn't chewy, melted in your mouth and was a decent size. The chips were light and crispy and the egg was not 'snotty' I can't stand that bit on the top of eggs, The only thing I didn't like was the hash brown. It was more like a rosti. Mum said her lobster was delicious and her only complaint was there wasn't enough!
Obviously for the sake of blogging (not because I'm greedy or anything) I had to get a bit of everything from the dessert station. These were perfect bite sizes to end a meal. My favourite was the banana cake. The sponge was moist and actually tasted like banana. Previous banana cakes I've tried have lacked in banana flavouring. The only one I didn't like was the one with the raspberry on the top, For me it was a bit to rich and bitter.
The thing that topped off this experience was the service. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. If our water was running low they would top it up, if we needed new cutlery they were there before we could ask. We was a table away from the window and once that table became free our waitress asked if we would like to sit there which I thought was really nice.
For £53 per person it isn't cheap however you do pay for what you get. The food quality was amazing and you really get your moneys worth. Nothing compared to the usual buffets you see about. I also believe if it's your birthday they give you a complimentary dessert on top of the buffet which is sweet of them. This makes a great day out or treat for someone special. We are already planning our next visit.