I had wanted to go to “dinner” by Heston for a while but knowing the show and standards of Heston’s other restaurants, I wanted to go for an occasion. For my birthday, two of us went to Dinner for a taste treat of epic proportions.
Set in the Mandarin Oriental hotel just off Hyde Park, the decor is inspired by 15th/16th Century cooking. This apparently was down to Hestons intrigue over the era(s). What does that mean exactly? Good question.
Essentially, it means that there is a lot of iron and wood with very little in the way of modern gimmicky ipad menus or uber-modern decor. There is a glass wall that views into the kitchen so that you can see the magic happening with a “unique spit roast pulley system, which is modelled after an original used in the royal court”. It is a celebration (and thoroughly researched one) of Gastronomic history.
Inspired the British recipes used by even the Royal Courts of King Henry VIII, the food is a real departure from the expected. (Except, if you know Heston Blumenthal’s food, then you will expect to not expect this)
This food is unreal. Not only because it is unbelievably good as expected, but it is literally unreal. The first thing that we ate was a mandarin, only to discover that it was actually pate, or “Mandarin Meat Fruit” with mandarin Jelly that looked exactly like a Mandarin.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – 66 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom