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19 April 2014
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental three stars

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

£74.00 British Knightsbridge

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  • Wine: £35.00
  • Champagne: £75.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm

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Heston Blumenthal’s Knightsbridge barnstormer has brought unparalleled kudos to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, and there’s almost universal applause for his inspired interpretation of Britain’s culinary past. On offer is a cornucopia of entertaining fare reinvented with help from head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. The now-iconic meat fruit is droll and delicious (‘Heston at his mad, magical best’), but other historically charged inventions are equally stunning: a take on frumenty (c.1390) involves octopus, sea broth, pickled dulse seaweed and lovage, powdered duck breast is a triumph of soft, sweet flesh ‘blasted out of the sky’ by smoked fennel, and turbot is sublimely cooked with cockles and bitter chicory leaves. After that, boozy tipsy cake invariably wins the day. On the downside, the interior isn’t to everyone’s taste – all brown furnishings, kitchen views and impersonal, ‘cloned’ staff, with floor-to-ceiling windows and distant sightings of the great outdoors, observes one visitor. Even so, supremely orchestrated service seldom misses a trick, likewise the stupendous big-name wine list.

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    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Rigoletto

    Superb

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Monikasays

    Heston at his best

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    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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    Michael B.

    Food glorious food.....

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 2

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    Timothy P.

    Second time as good as the first!

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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    London Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 4

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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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    BoatLady
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  1. Published : Thursday, 27th February 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Dinner By Heston

    Heston Blumenthal is a chef synonymous with mad-cap food creations, whose experimentations with ingredients are well known. This mastery of illusion is evident in complex constructions which sometimes look like one thing and taste like its opposite. You would expect this kind of wizardry to be abundant at Dinner, but there are only a few instances where this is the case. The philosophy at Dinner is based around the resurrection of long forgotten recipes. A medieval starter of ‘meat fruit’ looks like an orange, whose skin is crafted from carefully shaped and dimpled mandarin jelly. Cutting into this reveals a parfait of chicken liver and foie gras, served with toasted sourdough...
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  2. Published : Monday, 20th January 2014

    inher30s :: Dinner by Heston

    I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel with my attempts at convincing Husband to take me to nice restaurants, I’ve been milking the ‘its for the blog’ excuse for a little while now, so when it came to an anniversary, I convinced him to let me book us into Dinner to celebrate 5 years of tolerating one another. The hype around Mr Blumenthal’s Dinner meant that it was impossible to secure a reservation for the night-time meal, so I settled for a Sunday lunch. One advantage of arriving in daylight hours is the view out over Hyde Park – necessary as the room is a little corporate for a romantic meal a deux. But we are seated by a large window and romance is saved...
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  3. One of the perks of being friends with people like The Foodie is being invited to lots of interesting places, from pop-ups to Michelin-star restaurants. So, it was probably no big surprise that months before her birthday, I received an invite to Dinner by Heston for The Foodie’s birthday. Tucked away behind the glamorous bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Dinner is a restaurant with a unique concept – its menu is devoted entirely to historic British recipes. Executive Head Chef for the Fat Duck group Ashley Palmer-Watts heads up the kitchen and his style of using seasonal British produce, along with a well-researched, daring and experimental menu (hardly surprising, for a restaurant associated with one of the most audacious chefs in the world), has landed Dinner two Michelin stars, which also makes it a regular feature on many top restaurant lists. However, being notoriously last minute as always, I didn’t take a look at the menu before sitting down at table, so I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of dishes spanning from the 1300s to the 1800s...
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  4. Published : Tuesday, 24th December 2013

    Brunch etc. :: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    I'd been dying to go to Dinner since it first opened, and finally got my wish when my boyfriend took me there for an anniversary meal a couple of weeks ago. Situated in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the decor was elegant and understated, with none of the flamboyance I would have expected from Heston Blumenthal. The general vibe was more suit-and-tie business dinner than Mad Hatter's tea party, but it was very chic nonetheless...
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  5. Published : Monday, 18th November 2013

    Munch My Way :: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbrige

    The kitchen is now run by Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts who has started with Fat Duck since 1999. The restaurant was recently awarded its second michelin star and I was not surprised why. The setting of the restaurant is rather relax and comfortable while the food is at its highest level...
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  6. Published : Monday, 9th September 2013

    laymytable :: Dinner

    What a special day this was. My incredible boyfriend surprised me on my birthday by taking me to Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner. It was truly incredible and I was in food heaven. We were seated by the window overlooking the most glorious view of Hyde Park, with the sun beaming in the early evening. To drink, I chose the limited edition ‘Kiss’ cocktail created by make-up extraordinaire Laura Mercier...
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  7. Published : Sunday, 8th September 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was a highly anticipated restaurant when it opened in January 2011, probably the hottest restaurant opening in London that year. For those not familiar with the name Heston Blumenthal he is one of the handful of British chefs behind a three Michelin star restaurant, Fat Duck in Brey. He is a self-taught chef playing in the field of molecular gastronomy. However, molecular gastronomy is not what defines Dinner. It is rather the history of the dishes that stands out, along with meticulous execution. The menu is filled with reinvented old British recipes, some dating back a few centuries. The style leans towards rich and earthy flavours...
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  8. There’s only a few times a year I would willingly go all out and splurge on food, my birthday or a special occasion. Since it was my good friend birthday coming up I booked us a table 2 months in advance. Dinner by Heston is hidden inside the Mandarin hotel in London, minutes away from om Knightsbridge underground...
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  9. Published : Tuesday, 23rd July 2013

    Kings X Girl :: The chicken disguised as a mandarin

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal welcomed us in the Mandarin Oriental on Monday night. The airy and bright simple interior was the perfect setting on such a hot day (especially after my office’s A/C gave up and died halfway into the day leaving us to bake in the heat). We were off to a good start. I must say the menu wasn’t simple but those things rarely are in Michelin starred restaurants. But wrapped around it were individual small drops of knowledge related to food. That’s the sort of thing I like...
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  10. As we ordered our starters and main dishes we were advised that one of the desserts takes a long time to prepare The Tipsy Cake (c.1810) requires 3 “visits” to the oven and takes about 40 minutes to make/bake obviously we ordered one (to be on the safe side) that was a great mistake cause even 2 orders would have been devoured by our small group, a real gem to which we will return in details later...
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  11. We are sitting for lunch @ Dinner by Heston Blumenthal now already relaxed as we already had our starters, We ordered our champagne and wine for the meal, at the beginning, switching to the Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes 2009, after the “opening toast” took place, I like having 2 wines in 2 separate glasses on the table to “perform” my own personal pairing with the dishes served…
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  12. Published : Friday, 21st June 2013

    WINE FOR SOUL :: Lunch @ Dinner by HB (Part I)

    Conceived by Heston Blumenthal and his right-hand man Ashley Palmer-Watts, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal excavated ancient recipes that go as far back as the 14th century to the beginning of the 20th century and reintroduces them using contemporary cooking techniques. (we’ll talk about it later…) They say: “Dinner” is not about delicate combinations or table theatrics, but gutsy dishes that will remain at the forefront of your memory bank for years to come.”...
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  13. Published : Wednesday, 19th June 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Fantastic Feasts: Dinner by Heston

    This was the second of our visits to Heston Blumenthal's London outpost (the first was 2 years ago). In the time since our last visit it has rapidly picked up a Michelin Star as well as places on some pretty impressive lists. Rather than take full control over the venture himself, Heston has delegated a significant amount of control to Dinner executive chef is Ashley Palmer Watts, a Fat Duck alumnus who is beginning to gain a name for himself in the food festival circuit (he did a demonstration at the Taste Lab, for example)...
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  14. Published : Saturday, 15th June 2013

    The Lunch Club :: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    In the company of Andy (signs his emails Andrew) and Lindsey, today I lunched at Dinner. I’ve never eaten at any of Heston’s places, not even the Popham Little Chef, but I’ve been interested in the man for some years – around the time I got serious about food I had a crack at his Spag Bol from ‘Perfection’ (Very good but worth the 12 hour cooking time and fiddly preparations vs the standard Humpage family recipe? Debatable). Since then and my move to London, the appeal has lessened somewhat. Whilst the Fat Duck tasting menu is right up amongst my dream dinners, the chef’s move to Channel 4 and Waitrose-based ubiquity has altered my once reverent opinion of the man...
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  15. Published : Saturday, 20th April 2013

    the dinersaur :: dinner by heston blumenthal

    For my first Heston experience, I chose to visit Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, which I've heard much praise about. I expected a lot of grandeur in my surroundings, but it was in fact very modern with dark wood furniture and a glass encased kitchen that you could look into as you ate. From here you can see the slow roasted pineapples spinning by an open fire, being repeatedly brushed with honey, to be served with their signature Tipsy Cake!...
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  16. I always feel some pressure recommending places to eat since there can be so many variables that affect the enjoyment on that particular day. So far though, Dinner hasn't failed me, with people always having good things to report back so I was pretty confident it would deliver again. And deliver it did...
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  17. We had visited Dinner by Heston Blumenthal before during the summer months and enjoyed a cosy meal outside in the back garden area. This occasion was an opportunity to try out the formal dining area inside in the heart of winter. Like the rest of Kensington, the setting of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is over-the-top grand and opulent. In terms of grandiosity it is not quite on par with dining rooms of for instance Apsley’s in London and Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian, but it’s still grand. Personally it’s not my kind of scene (I much prefer the interior of for instance Joel Robuchon or Sketch), but don’t detest it either...
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  18. Published : Monday, 3rd December 2012

    Saying it straight :: Dinner. Deceptively simple.

    Do you know, I haven’t been to the Fat Duck in Bray. I know. Ridiculous isn’t it? Except that I don’t really fancy all that food-as-entertainment chemistry lesson cleverness. And not to mention that I haven’t been able to get a reservation yet. And I had trouble getting in here as well. It was only due to the generosity of a kindly banker chap (yes, they really do exist) that I managed to get a table, albeit under the name of a man I don’t know, which confused my guest no end when he arrived early. I have never been known as Adam. Not even to my closest friends...
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  19. Published : Wednesday, 3rd October 2012

    One man :: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is, almost without question, the top table (excuse the pun) in town right now. Much like at Fat Duck in Bray, the place where Mr. Blumenthal made his name, getting into Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental is a mission and a half. I had tried on many an occasion since it first opened last year, but to no avail...
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  20. Published : Saturday, 7th July 2012

    andmorefood :: dinner by heston, london

    decent british. I have to say, I came to dinner on the heels of a meal at petrus, which I loved very much for its service and food. long story short, I would come to dinner for a meal where you want to show-off, but petrus if you want a good time. I will go into the dishes bit by bit, but what I felt was that if gordon ramsay runs the wallflowers of the fine dining scene, then heston is the gaudy debutante with the wet skirts. these descriptions are a result of my immersion into regency-themed books, which I love, and which I apologise for...
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  21. Published : Tuesday, 29th May 2012

    The Insatiable Eater :: Let's go to Dinner

    What can anyone say about Dinner by Heston Blumenthal that hasn't already been said? I mean, it was the most anticipated restaurant opening in London of 2011, and is still as popular judging by the difficulty in securing a prime-time table. That will get even harder now that Dinner has entered the hallowed ranks of the Top 10 best restaurants in the world at number nine. It even pipped its older brother The Fat Duck which sank to 13. Now, in my opinion, there is no way that Dinner is the 9th best restaurant in the world, one rank behind the incredible Arzak for example. That's not to say that you won't eat well at Dinner, because you most certainly will. You probably know what the shtick at Dinner is, right? It's all about renewing sometimes ancient British recipes and using modern techniques to bring them to life with Heston's usual flair, of course...
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