Housed in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the next best thing to going to sample the tasting menu at Heston’s most popular restaurant The Fat Duck.
A sophisticated paired down menu greets you. I suggest picking something you wouldn’t normally have, this is not the time to have something you’ve had a million times before. Both Chris and I chose the signature Meat Fruit for starter.
For main, Chris opted for the Black Foot Pork Chop. Spelt, ham hock, turnip and Robert sauce accompanied the softest, succulent piece of meat I’d ever tasted. That was until my main of Spiced Pigeon arrived on a bed of artichokes and I poured over the organic Ale sauce. ERMAHGERD.
Despite our reservations that the portions might be ‘too small’ to fill us up, the rich food takes care of that in one full swoop. The two portions of Triple Cooked Fries that we ordered with our mains were a task to fit in, but we did it.
My mistake came when I suggested that Chris and I share the Tipsy Cake for dessert. Do not do this; you will want it all to yourself. I ordered it when the waiter took our starters order as it takes 30-45 minutes to prepare. When you taste the delight of soft, buttery, fluffy just baked brioche doused in Brandy Cream with caramelised spit roast pineapple, you will thank the Gods for taking their time to prepare it and Heston for his divine intervention.
Then it was time for some theatre in the form of Ice cream, instantly created with Liquid Nitrogen. The two trolleys designed to look like old fashion ice cream carts, are the only two that exist in the world. A spin of a wheel and a magical moment later and you are presented with vanilla custard ice cream in cones covered in two of four choices of toppings. I had freeze dried raspberries and walnut and chocolate praline, and Chris had the raspberries and popping candy.
With regards to price, I budgeted about £200 for two, and our bill came in slightly under including service. It was worth it, every single penny. On reflection, I would have opted for a bottle of wine to share recommended by the sommelier instead of the cocktails we had from the Mandarin Oriental Bar, as they were not up to my standards. The service was impeccable as to be expected. The waiters are very clued up on the dishes so don’t be afraid to ask if you are unsure of what to order.
Make sure to tell the restaurant when you are booking if it is a special occasion, because they will write a special message for you on the surprise at the end of the meal. Chocolate ganache infused with Earl Grey and Orange Blossom with an Earl Grey and Lavender biscuit to dip in it.
The perfect end to the meal of dreams and deliciousness. Heston did himself proud. I know me and Chris will visit the Fat Duck eventually, but I would definitely go back Dinner. My desire on Chris’s 30th birthday was to make him feel as special as he makes me feel every day, and I hope I achieved that.