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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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Dinner - Heston Blumenthal

inspired by historic British gastronomy.

 

My "All Seeing, all Hearing" better half, dragged myself and Golden Boy to Heston Blumenthal Dinner as she wants Golden Boy to continue refining his palate with Michelin  restaurants.

For the record, Golden Boy started visiting Michelin restaurants many moons ago since he was 8 yo at Robuchon/Paris.

 

I personally dislike Heston Blumenthal and always avoid visiting his restaurants, but He who dares going against his wife wishes will burn in hell or eat on the dining room floor!

 

Such places do not always allow photography. I was lucky this time.

 

This is the first restaurant menu which list the source of the dishes which I thought was a nice touch.

 

1- Libations:

The Sommelier tried to offer wine pairing but as an old git I stuck with a single choice of White Wine:

- Chardonnay, Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette, Oregon, U.S.A

I am not keen on US wine but as I am not keen on Heston Blumenthal then the pair is more less keeness.

 

I must confess that I preceded the wine with a some Sake:

- 'Wa' - Harmony, Jummai Ginjo, Hou Rai Sen, Sekiya Brewery, Japan

 

 

2- Amuses Bouches

Zero - None - Niente

 

 

3- Starters

- Meat Fruit (Signature Dish)

Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & Grilled Bread

Source: 13th-15th century

 

 

 

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- Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon

Pickled lemon salad, gentleman's relish & sorrel

Source: 1730 The Complete Practical Cook by Charles Carter

 

 

 

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- Salamagundy

Chicken Oysters, salsify, marrow bone, horseradish cream & pickled walnuts

Source: 1720 The Cook's and Confectioner's Dictionary by John Nott

 

 

 

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4- Main

- Chicken Asparagus

Braised hen of the woods, peas, lemon & sorrel

Source: 1660 The Whole Body of Cookery Dissected by William Rabisha

 

 

 

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- Iberico Pork Chop

Smoked Hispi Cabbage, pickled onion, ice cider & Robert sauce

Source: 1820 based on Marie Antoine Carême 's residency in London

 

 

 

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5- Dessert

- Tipsy Cake

Spit roast pineapple, Brioche & crème anglaise

Source: 1810 The English Cookery Book by J.H. Walsh

 

 

 

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- Brown Bread Ice Cream

Salted butter caramel, pear & malted yeast syrup

Source: 1830 A New System of Domestic Cookery by Maria Eliza Rundell

 

 

 

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6- Coffee

- Santa Lucia - Brazil

- Naranjos- Columbia

 

 

 

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Will I visit again: No

Just in case I did not mention it enough: I am not a fan of Heston Blumenthal.

 

The best dishes were the Starter: Meat Fruit and the Dessert: Tipsy Cake which apparently has it's own dedicated pastry Chef who baste the crème anglaise around six times and which has to be ordered with a 45mn window.

 

 

 

 


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17 minutes ago, Nicolai said:

He who dares going against his wife wishes will burn in hell or eat on the dining room floor!

 

Wise words here!

 

 

 

18 minutes ago, Nicolai said:

Will I visit again: No

Just in case I did not mention it enough: I am not a fan of Heston Blumenthal.

 

You know you are not the one with decisional power (see above).

 

Jokes aside, thanks for the review and the photos!

 

 

 

Teo

 

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To clarify, this is the menu from the restaurant, "Dinner by Heston"; although he doesn't cook there, but had a hand in designing the menu along with the actual chef in the London branch, Ashley Palmer-Watts.

 

There is another branch in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Which did you visit?


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4 hours ago, liuzhou said:

To clarify, this is the menu from the restaurant, "Dinner by Heston"; although he doesn't cook there, but had a hand in designing the menu along with the actual chef in the London branch, Ashley Palmer-Watts.

 

There is another branch in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Which did you visit?

 

 

 

It was at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

 

The hotel previously named the Hyde Park hotel is also famous for the chef's who had a restaurant on it's premises such as Marco Pierre White‎ and another Chef whose name escapes me at the moment.

 

I used to stay quite often at The Hyde Park hotel in mid 90's and had a smile on my face when I first found out that the wicker basket in the room was for the shoes to be put out for a shoe shine overnight!!!!

 

https://photos.mandarinoriental.com/is/content/MandarinOriental/corporate-london-PK-hotel-history

 

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Ooops, I just realized that I created a new topic instead of posting in Dinner 2019.

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On 6/22/2019 at 9:04 AM, Nicolai said:

 

 

Will I visit again: No

Just in case I did not mention it enough: I am not a fan of Heston Blumenthal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I certainly get that there can be chefs that people just "don't like" for whatever reasons.

 

but, all of your pictures look fabulous, 

and I had an incredible dinner at Dinner years ago.

 

I love the place.

 

sorry for resurrecting this, but...

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