Lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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.

Starter: Nettle porridge, roast cod palette, smoked beetroot, garlic, parsley & fennel

Starter: Nettle porridge, roast cod palette, smoked beetroot, garlic, parsley & fennel

Starter: Salamugundy, chicken oysters, salsify, marrow bone & horseradish cream

Starter: Salamugundy, chicken oysters, salsify, marrow bone & horseradish cream

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.

Main: Black Foot Pork Chop, hispi cabbage, lardo, ham hock & Robert sauce

Main: Black Foot Pork Chop, hispi cabbage, lardo, ham hock & Robert sauce

A made dish of parmesan, quails egg, smoked cauliflower, horseradish & caraway

A made dish of parmesan, quails egg, smoked cauliflower, horseradish & caraway

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.

Dessert: Tipsy cake, spit roast pineapple

Dessert: Tipsy cake, spit roast pineapple

Post dessert: Chocolate ganache with caraway biscuit

Post dessert: Chocolate ganache with caraway biscuit

Reception, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Reception, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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