As far as birthday treats go, lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has now perched near the top of my list. Have you been? If not, book ahead for a foreseeable special occasion. Order the Salamugundy as a starter (1st photo on the left corner or place your mouse over each picture for a description). You may have read in multiple reviews that the Meat Fruit is the starter to try but I’m telling you, foodie to foodie, skip the confused chicken liver that’s dressed as a mandarin and experience a plate of perfect randomness. There were flavors in that dish that livened my palate and truly surprised me.
The BF ordered A Made Dish of Parmesan as his main and exclaimed in a mix of exasperation and delight, “How did they manage to make cauliflower taste so good?!” Before I even managed to cut into my Black Foot Pork Chop the cauliflower had already won me over. Crisp to the bite with equal parts parmesan sauce smoothing out the cauliflower texture and horseradish providing a little zing. My pork chop was moist, tender and perfectly coated with fat but I would be lying if I didn’t suffer from a bit of food envy with the cauliflower dish.
The restaurant’s Tipsy Cake is almost as famous as the Meat Fruit. The brioche arrived in a small cast iron Staub pot with a slice of pineapple as its sidekick. I was extremely full at this point but had no trouble polishing off something as soft and delicate as the sauternes & brandy soaked brioche. Then just as I was about to drift into a food coma, an early grey infused chocolate ganache with a caraway biscuit sat in front of me. After one bite and realizing it is nothing to write home about I asked to be whisked home so I can dream about the Salamugundy in peace.