I don’t think you will find many chefs that are quite like Heston Blumenthal. He’s a food artist-scientist-historian all rolled into one, and he’s passionate about making meals a fantastic, memorable experience for all of your senses and your mind – not just something you do, just because you’re hungry.
When Mom and I went to his restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London Hotel, that’s exactly what we had – a fantastic, memorable experience.
The staff was so friendly. Our host, Christoph was so knowledgeable about the food and the restaurant.
He made us feel so welcomed, and he seems to really enjoy his job and care about the guests. He taught me a lot, about the history of the restaurant and about the dishes on the menu.
Did you know that in 2014 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was rated the 5th best restaurant in the world? So of course this restaurant has 2 Michelin stars.
Eating at Dinner was another opportunity for me to have an adventure trying foods, flavors, and combinations that I had never eaten before and to meet some really nice people.
One of the cool things about the restaurant is the menu.
Heston and Head Chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, did a lot of research to find traditional British dishes that were popular hundreds of years ago. Next to each dish on the menu is the year that the dish was popular.
I ordered the Fillet of Aberdeen Angus with triple cooked chips and ketchup from c.1830.
If you think that’s not special and unique, you would be mistaken. Did you know that ketchup in Britain was originally made with mushrooms and not tomatoes? I didn’t know that until I ate at Heston’s. The mushroom ketchup was delicious!
I also tried all 3 of the fancy fruit drinks they make there. I still can’t decide which was my favorite.
And of course, I had to try Heston’s famous pineapple tipsy cake dessert, and the ice cream made at your table with liquid nitrogen.
It’s almost like watching a magic trick up close. Fun and delicious!
Another great thing about this restaurant is the view of the kitchen. The kitchen has glass all around it so you can watch the chefs cooking and preparing dishes.
You can also watch the pineapples roasting while you eat dinner. It’s like the kitchen is a part of the decorations in a cool way. It’s hard to explain… but when you see the pictures, you can understand what I mean.
Speaking of the kitchen, Mom and I were invited to tour the kitchen and meet some of the staff. It was cool watching the chefs plate the food.
They would do it with their hands or use special kitchen tools. They were so careful with each plate they made.
Dinner By Heston Blumenthal was yet another AMAZING dining experience during my visit to London!