Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Yes, it’s a Monday night and yes, it means I have to take a train at an ungodly hour in the morning.  But it was worth it.

Heston Blumenthal is a gastronomic legend, I have had a copy of ‘The Fat Duck Cookbook’ that I have been salivating over for years and so there was no-one who could have made me cancel this reservation.

Luckily, my beautiful friend Alice, also has a bit of a penchant for fine dining, so we stole ourselves away from the office and tore into course after course of culinary magic.

We had already planned our menu choices in advance and so only the cocktail menu needed our full attention.P1000260P1000266P1000265The service is first class, we were weaved a story about the menu and the concepts behind dishes, leaving us wanting to try everything, but we quelled the greed and started with the Meat Fruit and Crab Loaf to share.  It seems a little sacrilegious to come to Dinner and not sample the Meat Fruit.

What a treat!P1000268 P1000273This will leave you wishing that every mandarin was actually filled with meat spread, Alice and I fantasised over what other fruit they could fill with the stuff, grapes were top of the list…

The Crab Loaf was also a delight to the taste buds.P1000271We both had the Pigeon for our main course, sidled up to by the Triple Cooked Chips (uh-huh, as good as they sound) and Sprout Hearts.P1000274P1000276We took a bit of a breather, admiring the ‘wobbly’ decor…P1000280Dessert was a ‘no-brainer’, the Chocolate Bar for the Monday Blues.P1000279And to truly have experienced ‘Heston’, we couldn’t leave without trying the ‘nitro’ ice cream. Our excitement was that of a child who has just heard the ice cream van song, except this van was singing opera…P1000286P1000288P1000292P1000290P1000294P1000298P1000300The toppings were not your average hundreds and thousands, and the cone was buttery and flakey like a croissant.

As if we had not already filled our bellies, we were brought a chocolate ganache with a caraway shortbread to see us on our way…P1000303Dinner far exceeded expectations and Alice and I now feel like champions, ready to face another week bound to our desks, until the next Michelin adventure.

3 Comments

  1. March 19, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing – did the cocktail have a butterfly perched on it?!

    • March 19, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      You are more than welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m afraid not, just a passion fruit halved. Now, a perched butterfly would have taken it to a new level! Thanks for reading.

      Ashleigh

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