What Came After The Fat Duck?

It’s been open only 2 weeks, but critics are raving about Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the Willy Wonka-style chef behind the pioneering Fat Duck Restaurant.

His signature dish at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – the chef’s new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental London, his first since he opened The Fat Duck 16 years ago – has already emerged. “Meat Fruit” appears on the menu of starters and consists of what appears to be a perfectly ripe mandarin with a plump peel and green leaves. But when a knife is sliced easily into the orange, what is revealed is in fact a soft chicken liver parfait. It is typical Heston in its surprise and has been applauded in almost all reviews since the restaurant opened.

Most famous for pioneering what he terms “molecular gastronomy” at The Fat Duck in Berkshire (often awarded the title of Best Restaurant in the World), Dinner goes back to the future in cuisine. Blumenthal and head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts worked with food historians and the British Library to devise a menu that details the date when each dish was originally recieved. Standouts include: Salamagundy, circa 1720 (chicken oysters, bone marrow and horseradish cream); Savoury Porridge, circa 1660 (cod cheeks, pickled beetroot, garlic and fennel); Rice and Flesh, circa 1390 (saffron, calf tail and red wine); and Cod in Cider, circa 1940 (chard and fired mussels).

 

Served in a room that overlooks Hyde Park (designer Adam Tihany insisted on raising the floor and ceiling so that all diners and even some of the kitchen staff have the view), Dinner is a lesson in what makes a great restaurant – inventive cooking coupled with impeccable service and complementary surroundings. Not that creating restaurants is what Blumenthal considers to be his business. Of his 18 months of academic research in to the history of gastronomy for Dinner, the chef quips: “To be honest, I would rather just study food than open restaurants”.

Recipe for Hay Smoked Mackerel, Lemon Salad, Gentleman’s Relish & Olive Oil

 

Information from Luxuryculture.com

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