Rainer Becker, one half of the restaurateur duo behind the Zuma and Roka brands, has recently announced a new addition to his collection of successful international restaurants. Oblix is due to open this May in The Shard, the dazzling new icon of London’s skyline and the tallest building in Western Europe. With dramatic views out over the capital through the building’s glass facade, Oblix is set to provide a world-class dining experience worthy of its location on the 32nd floor of this 95-storey, 310m landmark skyscraper in London Bridge Quarter.

Oblix will offer diners two distinct venues; a New York grill-style restaurant and a lounge bar. Becker’s inspiration for the restaurant concept came from The Shard’s imposing design, which put him in mind of the famous skyscrapers of Manhattan. The menu, however, will be very much a celebration of British and European ingredients and influences, with a spit-roast for slow-roasting meats and a charcoal grill and wood-fired oven for fresh breads and pizza. The menu will also include many everyday dishes, finished with the finesse and attention to detail that people have come to expect from Becker’s restaurants.

This attention to detail will also extend to the wine list. A unique and interactive sommelier station will give guests the opportunity to create the perfect pairing for their meal by allowing them to sample a range of fine wines and rare vintages.

On the other side of Oblix, visitors will find a more relaxed lounge space, ideal for brunch or enjoying live music while sipping on a cocktail chilled with hand-chiselled ice. Having been designed with views of the most breathtaking panorama in mind, Oblix promises to be a magical place to be, especially when evening falls and the city lights up.

Alex Everill

Whenever he goes anywhere new, Alex remembers what he ate above all else. Days are always planned around food with life stuff slotted in between, where possible. He loves a good bowl of ramen or phở, a good cup of coffee, anything Medieval and graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.

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