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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

It is no secret that I love food. Whether it is cooking for myself, friends or eating out I enjoy finding new combinations of flavors and improving my own cooking skills. Eating at Michelin Star restaurants is not something I usually experience unless I take advantage of the lunch deals, so during the holidays I go with a friend to have one treat day and this half term we settled on Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Their lunch set menu is £38 for three courses, with two choices per course, and although this is pricey it is nothing compared to the price if we went for dinner. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Knightsbridge in the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The bar area has a relaxed atmosphere and the walls are lined with bottles of wine and brightly coloured cocktails. Inside the restaurant is open plan allowing you to look inside the kitchen and watch your food being prepared. We had lovely seats that overlooked Hyde Park and we felt as though we had been transported out of London. 

To start I had the slow cooked Pig's ears ragu, that was served in light fluffy pastry with a perfectly poached egg and a handful of rocket. I had my reservations about the pig's ears as I was a vegetarian for so many years and rarely eat meat now but I was blown away by the taste. The meat had melted away and you were left with a thick ragu sauce that was infused with a succulent meaty taste.  I really enjoyed this starter and felt that you actually got quite a lot for your money. 
The next course was the slow roasted quail, with Hispi cabbage, smoked chestnuts and thick rich barbecued sauce. You actually got a surprising amount of meat with this dish and the quail had been slightly charred on the edge to give it a gorgeous smokey taste. This was by far the winner of the day and my friend, who does eat out rather a lot, even stated it was the best meat dish she had ever tasted. High praise indeed! 

Finally we had Millionaire Tart, that had a layer of salted caramel that was sandwiched between a light fluffy biscuit base and a rich chocolate topping. It was served with vanilla ice-cream that perfectly complimented the powerful chocolate taste. 

This was a beautiful decadent lunch and if you are looking for somewhere special to eat in London then I would most definitely check Dinner by Heston out. The staff were so lovely and attentive and the atmosphere relaxed. I would go again in a heartbeat! 

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