The food magician is at it again, Heston’s Dinner takes us back to medieval times set in the stunning Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge.
love you: As recommended by our waiter, my friend and I ordered the Meat Fruit to share as our starter; to our delight, Heston certainly worked his magic in encasing chicken liver parfait into a mandarin like gelatin shell. The pate was nice, tasty and very smooth, what you would expect from a 5 star restaurant so there were no complaints from me.
The service was exceptional. I liked that our waiter explained the concept of Dinner and encouraged us to ask about the dishes on the menu as to it’s origins from medieval times.
leave you: I couldn’t resist the idea of a 72 hour Slow Cooked Short Rib of Angus, Smoked Anchovy and Onion Puree, Ox Tongue as I am a sucker for slow cooked food and I like the idea of a melt in your mouth moment. Beautifully presented, the 72 hour rib tasted like ½ hour rib. It was a little too tough for my liking, didn’t melt in my mouth and was too salty. I’m not sure if it was a bad day for the chef but unfortunately I got that dish. Furthermore, the anchovy and onion puree was nice but didn’t make up for the hero of the dish.
Poor signage – I didn’t even know we were entering the restaurant until we found the maître d’. We did get asked how our food was five times, a little bit much but then again, if the staff are passionate about service and the food then over the top service wins for me!