Weighing up the slim chance of getting into the Fat Duck in Melbourne and passing the 2 month mark to book in the UK, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was the way to go. Holding 2 Michelin stars and ranked number 5 in The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant this year (surprisingly The Fat Duck came in 47) it didn’t feel like I had settled :)
Dinner by Heston is inspired by historic British recipes where Dinner recreates and puts a modern spin. We came during lunchtime and there were two options: the set lunch (£38 each for 3 courses) or a la carte. None of the set lunch dishes really tickled our fancy so it was a la carte all the way!
Earl Grey Tea cured Salmon (£16)
I’ve seen too many pictures of the meat fruit which has left me drooling and lusting over it for too long. Just look at this deceptive beauty with the intentions of the citrus skin looking so real.
Meat Fruit (£17.50)
Cutting into the mandarin jelly revealed the creamy, velvet smooth chicken liver and foie gras parfait that was the most flavour filled pate I have ever tasted. It is a bit heavy and rich but that didn’t stop me polishing it all off. The waiter offered to bring another toasted sourdough bread when he saw me getting low. Yay!
Duck, just get in my belly. Tender, juicy duck that was cooked to perfection with a layer of fat on top that created that melt in your mouth texture. I gobbled this baby up as fast as I could – not a second to waste. Drizzled with an amazing sauce with a hint of wine brought everything together. Served with giant soft onions and a side of umbles (offals) that tasted like mushrooms – umbles weren’t too weird because I had no idea what they were.
Powdered Duck Breast (£34)
Chicken cooked with Lettuces (£32)
You had to order the tipsy cake at the start of your meal as it takes 45 minutes to prepare. Fluffy, soft and super fresh cake soaked in a sweet, apple-like syrup and is one for the peeps that like subtle, not too sweet desserts. A slice of spit roasted pineapple was juicy and sweet with a lovely caramelized top.
Tipsy Cake (£14)
The brown bread icecream tasted really weird – I can’t put my figure on what it was though. BUT that salted caramel was amazinggg with it’s smooth, silky texture that was a perfect balance between salt and sweet. A crunch from a cube of airy croutons also gave an interesting surprise ;)
Brown Bread Ice Cream (£12)
On the bim of overfilling/throwing up they brought out a complimentary Earl Grey chocolate to finish off the meal. You had me at Earl Grey. The spiced biscuit was a bit weird when eaten by itself but with the Earl Grey chocolate it made sense.
Dinner by Heston didn’t have any of his crazy theater and nothing was too out of left field but it was a hearty meal with everything done well. Besides the amazing food, service was in a class of it’s own. It was the best service I’ve ever had where our waiters were attentive and we never felt forgotten. Yes you read right, we had 2 waiters just for our table. One of them was so dedicated he started apologising when we refilled our own glass of water D:
Packed to the brim but I guess no one is really interested in what I ate for din dins? Ha, it was shin ramen.