The great Blumenthal is an inspiration to all, with his driving creativity and curiosity to unlock the secrets of food and delivers gastronomical justice in ways unlike any other.
So of course, being in London last Christmas, there was no way I was forfeiting my chances of eating at one of Heston’s restaurants or even catching glimpses of the master himself. After putting down the phone having secured a table for four – a mighty fist-pump was highly appropriate.
The inspiration for Dinner stems from British culinary history and this particular restaurant takes you back in time through the warm oak furnishings, the dining placards with trivial British food history and of course, through taste.
Enough background…After a decent amount of time drooling over the menu, I settled for the main, A Made Dish of Parmesan and Taffety Tart for dessert. Little Brother chose an entree of Chicken Oysters, main of Hereford Ribeye and the Quaking Pudding to finish. Mr and Mrs L opted for the set Lunch menu (3 courses for 35 pound) : Dressed Snails, Powdered Duck Breast and a Prune & Tamarind Tart to finish.
A Made Dish of Parmesan consisted of a crispy yet smooth scotch quails’ egg, cauliflower done three ways (smoked, freeze-dried and pickled) and horseradish and carraway. The scotch egg broke beautifully to reveal its flowing yellow gold – win. The Taffety Tart was flavours of apple, rose and fennel divided by crisp wafers, an apple gel and smooth cream.
Overall, an unbelievable dining experience.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Madarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge, London +44(0)20 7201 3833