My boyfriend and his mates went to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which was recently awarded one Michelin Star. After being very jealous that he didn’t take me, I got him to write me a guest post on munch and makeup to make up for it! Here’s what he had to say…
We arrived 10 minutes before our table was ready, the restaurant was located in Mandarin Oriental Hotel in prestigious Knightsbridge. The whole of the first floor of the hotel seemed to be dedicated to the restaurant, rather than the usual hotel lobby. There was a separate bar before you went into the restaurant, which looked really nice, but we didn’t go there.
We booked an early table (6.30pm) on a Sunday, so the restaurant was quite empty and quiet. However, all the tables were full by 7pm! The attentive and very friendly staff seated us next to kitchen, which had a glass wall so you could see the food being cooked. The menus were already on the table, ready for us to analyse and decide what we wanted to eat!
Ordering was the hard part, the waitress had to come back to us a couple of times because we just couldn’t choose!
Before picking what food we wanted, we ordered bottled water for the table and both a bottle of red and white wine, which included the 2007 RieslingTrocken Grosses Gewächs Jesuitengarten Bassermann-Jordan, Germany (£95.00) and 2005 Catena Zapata Malbec ArgentinoMendoza, Argentina (£135.00) and then carried on with bottles of Rioja throughout the night.
We had to order our dessert, the tipsy cake, the same time as our starters, as the chef had to prepare and spit roast the pineapple. A bit strange but well worth it!!
I chose the rice and flesh (c.1390 – saffron, calf tail and red wine) to start (£16.00) and the others chose, meat fruit (c.1500 – mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread) £13.50, salamugundy (c.1720 – smoked calves heart, beetroot, horseradish and walnut) £15.50 and savoury porridge (c.1660 – snails, girolles, garlic and fennel) £14.50.
The rice and flesh was well cooked and had a strong flavour which I can’t describe. For my main dish I shared the wing rib of Irish Angus for 2 (c.1830) which is described on the menu as having mushroom ketchup, red wine juice and fries (£72.00). The meat was quite fatty but you could eat a chunk with a chip and it was really good and so tasty. The chips were also superb. They were three times cooked which made the chips crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
After the mains, came the best bit –the tipsy cake! It was like a fluffy chewy hot sweet bun with pineapple bits. It hit the spot with my sweet tooth! It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten and the custard was out of this world.
To finish, we had a bottle of Tawny Port (£95) I had a great time at Dinner and would recommend that everyone should go at least once! Overall we spent £680 which included a service charge.