#ChicEats | Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London

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Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Food for thought that delights on every level

If you’re already familiar with British celebrity chef and culinary rule-breaker, Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous restaurant The Fat Duck, in Bray, England, then Dinner is guaranteed to provoke comparison.

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Famed for his culinary theatrics and his knack for creating magical journeys into taste in which you lose touch with reality for the day, Dinner, Heston’s restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London’s Knightsbridge, does not disappoint.

Yes, it is somewhat less ‘out there’ than the Fat Duck at first glance - charming gimmicks such as a menu in the form of a map complete with illustrations and magnifying glass, are nowhere to be seen. But, in true Blumenthal form, this ultra-sleek central London hot-spot provides its own host of surprises in the most unexpected places.

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Hanging from the ceiling at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a set of large wooden sculptures, mimicking the leading of a stained-glass window at Westminster Abbey - a symbol of Britain's culinary heritage, which is what restaurant’s all-encompassing schtick revolves around. The space is light and airy with massive windows looking out onto Knightsbridge. It is a cheerful and relaxed place rather than the more formal establishment you might expect from a hotel restaurant in London’s chicest postcode.

The menu itself lists items with their date of origin on which makes for wonderful conversation (I’ve certainly never knowingly eaten something from 1660 or 1390, have you?). The roast scallop with cucumber ketchup dish for instance, is drawn from a recipe published in the 1826 book The Cook and Housewife's Manual Mistress by Meg Dodds.

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There is the meat fruit, apparently, a play on an old English habit of making one food look like another;  A glossy bright-orange mandarin arrives on a wooden board, complete with dimpled skin which turns out to be a ball of the softest chicken liver parfait you have ever eaten, with a subtle zing of citrus to its gel peel. This dish in particular simply cannot be missed and is a true testament to Blumenthal’s iconic inventiveness and creativity.

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Each and every awe-inspiring dish carries the perfect amount of acidity, a trademark it seems, of all the saucing here. Take the Salamagundi for example; smoked chicken, morsels of slippery bone marrow and tongue prickling horseradish cream. Or, the stand-out dish of roast turbot with cockles.

It’s also perhaps important to note that none of these dishes are exercised with the miniaturism that Blumenthal practices at The Fat Duck in Bray. The portions at Dinner are bigger, heartier and yet still manage to carry the very same impossible attention to detail.

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And, when it comes to pudding, the desserts are as memorable as you like. Chocolate bar with passion fruit jam and sambocade goats milk cheesecake from the 14th century are great fun, The real winner though has to be the Tipsy Cake. With its spit roast pineapple (seen rotating in the open kitchen) it is as tasty and bonkers as you could wish for.

So, when in London, the place for dinner, is Dinner.

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Click here to book your table at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London SW1 (+44 20 7201 3833).

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