Wow. What. A. Night. I am still full after Hubby and some very dear friends dined at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal last night.
The dining experience at Dinner is just that, an experience. While I’ve heard two friends proclaim, “It’s great, but it’s not the Fat Duck,” I still think it is well worth the visit. Heston and Executive Chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, created the menu which is inspired by the way that the British have prepared food in years past, as far back as the 16th century! Sounds weird, but they made it work.
When I sat down and saw the “Meat Fruit” on the menu I was skeptical. This chicken liver parfait, which is meant to look like a Mandarin was delicious!
And after several more courses of “Savory Porridge” (Cod cheeks, pickled beetroot, parsley and garlic), “Roast Turbot,” “Spiced Pigeon” (with ale and artichokes), and “Black Foot Pork Chop”… came the DESSERT!
“Poached Rhubarb” With Rosehips and Rhubarb Sorbet:
“Taffety Tart” with apple, rose, fennel and blackcurrant sorbet:
And the highlight of the evening, the “Nitro Ice-Cream Trolley.” Ashley explained to us that they are still working out some kinks, and the trolley will hopefully be available to all diners in the restaurant soon…
I just got an email from the Mandarin that Dinner is booked until June! So make your reservations for late summer now!