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|Address:||Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA|
|Tel:||020 7201 3833|
|Price: £74.00||Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £75.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm|
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Dinner by Heston can be found in the Mandarin Oriental hotel opposite Harvey Nics, one might say a marriage made in heaven. As it is a fine dining hotel restaurant, the atmosphere is much more bustling and slick compared to his quieter rural flagship restaurant, The Fat Duck. The Meat Fruit has to be the hero dish, this was the smoothest, most sumptuous piece of fois gras you will ever eat, disguised cleverly as a bright orange clementine. That first mouthful of creamy pate loveliness is pure joy. Most of the dishes have historic roots and appear to be unlikely combinations (chicken and lettuce, cod and cider) but do not be fooled, as Heston is the food magician of today. I was less daring and stuck to steak with triple cooked chips, which to this day, is the finest steak i have ever eaten. This was followed by the rather alluring tipsy cake (reminiscent of an upside down pineapple cake but with a Heston sensational spin). The service was friendly and the atmosphere surprisingly relaxed for a 5 star hotel and a night cap of brandy topped off a fine evening. This place does cosy food, gourmet style, for me the most satisfying genre of food.