Dinner by Heston Blumenthal: revisited and still magical
|Tipsy cake (c.1810)|
Food-wise, Dinner remains as consistent as ever. Of course we ordered the Meat Fruit (c.1500) as a starter and the Tipsy Cake (c.1810) as one of the desserts. For any first-timer, these are must orders. Both remain incredibly original and rightly showcase the kitchen at its inventive best. Since this was a repeat visit for me, I decided to order some dishes that I hadn't tried before since the menu is pretty much unchanged from a year ago (although the prices have crept up a bit). They do take items off the menu due to seasonality, such as Powdered Duck, but on the whole, there hasn't been much innovation on the menu front. The terrific Beef Royal, which we had in March last year, also remains a "special".
|Roast Scallops (c.1820)|
|Meat Fruit (c.1500)|
|Roast Halibut (c.1830)|
|Spiced Pigeon (c.1780)|
|Chocolate Bar (c.1730)|
So does Dinner live up to its one Michelin star status? Will I continue to recommend it? Yes and yes. When my Aussie friend was leaving London I asked what his favourite meal was and he picked Dinner. This is partly because he had few preconceptions before the meal apart from my recommendation, but clearly the whole experience - top-notch food with just the right amount of Heston magic - can't fail to conjure an enjoyable evening. For me, it's hard not to be won over by the food and the strong and generally knowledgeable service. And frankly, it's also a joy to just order three courses, and not have to endure another over-long tasting menu.
For my original thoughts and more pics click here.