This 1 Michelin Star restaurant, which was also named the 9th best restaurant in the world, was significantly different than The Fat Duck, which currently sits at the 13th best restaurant in the world. The atmosphere, food and price point was much more approachable, their focus was more on the food and less on putting on a show with food. That’s not to say that it didn't exist at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The menu at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was inspired by historic British dishes, so beside each menu item, there was a year listed, letting the diner know what year the inspiration for the dish originated from.
|Cod in Cider|
|Brown Bread Ice Cream|
The Ladies’ Assistant and Complete System of Cookery by Charlotte Mason. The pigeon was incredibly succulently, lightly spiced, while the accompanying artichokes were tender and lightly sauced, the entire dish was perfect and I had to resist the urge to lick the plate. Meanwhile the cod in cider with chard and fired mussels circa 1940 from Good Fish Dishes by Ambrose Heath melted in my mouth, while the mussels were juicy.
|Chocolate and Lavender Mousse|
The ice cream cart was available to diners as long as there were two or more people at a table willing to indulge. They wheeled the cart over and revealed to us a hand crank contraption, where they poured a traditional egg custard into the bowl, added liquid nitrogen, then turned the crank in order to churn the ice cream. Within a matter of seconds, they scooped the creamy ice cream into crispy and delicately thin cones, and topped them with toppings of our choice. Topping choices included freeze dried raspberries, apple popping candies, pralines, hazelnuts, chocolate, and candy sprinkles.
To finish, we were presented with a chocolate and lavender mousse, along with a shortbread with caraway. The mousse was thick, tasting mostly of chocolate with just a hint of lavender, while the biscuit was buttery and flakey.
Our whole meal with 3 courses per person, plus the added ice cream course, both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and cappuccinos to end came out to 185 British Pounds or roughly $290 Canadian Dollars total, significantly less than it costs for a single person to dine at The Fat Duck. Overall an extremely enjoyable meal and I would definitely recommend Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to others, and I look forward to revisiting on my next trip to London.
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
London, UK SW1X 7LA
011 44 020 7201 3833