After a couple months of waiting we were finally on our way to have lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at The Mandarin Oriental. As luck would have it, it poured cats and dogs! But I can assure you no amount of rain or London traffic was going to get in my way of getting to the tasty treats awaiting me!
On arrival in the restaurant you can see right into the kitchen. A line of chef’s work along the pass finishing off each dish before it departs the kitchen into the hands of the excited diner. There were a lucky few sitting at the Chef’s table right in front of the pass with a chef introducing each dish as it came out to them….”one day” I tell myself!
The decor is light with great views onto Hyde Park. On the walls there are retro style lights in the shape of jelly moulds, which to be honest, I was not entirely convinced by these…..Very Heston.
The atmosphere is relaxed; I was worried that it could be a bit “stuffy” and so I was relieved that this was not the case. I don’t enjoy being in a restaurant where you can hear a pin drop.
Onto the important stuff. Menu. Of course Meat Fruit featured and I debated whether or not to order this. Instead I went with Rice and Flesh. A saffron risotto with with calves tail. This was quite a moreish dish, however I think it could have done with a bit more calves tail.
For my main I decided to go with the Cod in Cider with Fired Mussels. The fish was so soft, served with some mussels, spinach and slightly charred shallots which added a sweet smokiness to the dish.
I had already decided on which dessert I wanted weeks before! Brown Bread ice cream with salted caramel. Two things I love in one dish! I am Irish so therefore love brown bread (especially Soda bread) and salted caramel I just can’t get enough of! You need to know that the ice cream is not sweet. It has a malty/yeasty taste, but when this is combined with the salted caramel it is a match made in heaven.
Overall we had a great lunch at Dinner. The experience was very relaxed, the staff were friendly and we never felt rushed. It was quite expensive - about £100 per head - so I wouldn’t go back every week or month! I would recommend that if and when you do go, do not hold back and be prepared to spend the money. The great thing is that when you leave you feel that is was money well spent…..although it might be packed lunches until pay day!