Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at The Mandarin Oriental - London
Tables are booked for 20:00 sharp.
"It is never easy naming a restaurant. On this occasion, I wanted something that represented our menu that is inspired by historic British gastronomy, so I searched for a name that had a bit of history, but was also fun.In the past, the main meal -dinner-was eaten at midday, before it got too dark. But affordable candles and, later, gaslight saw dinner shift. By the mid-1800s people were dining later. People working in the cities were taking a 'lunch' to work and having their main meal at 5.00pm when they got home, while in rural areas the main meal was still taken at midday.
Even today, depending where you are in the British Isles, 'dinner' might be served at lunchtime, suppertime or, indeed, dinnertime!This made 'Dinner' the natural choice for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness. If nothing else, I hope it's easy to remember."
20 members and guests from 4 cities attended
Meat Fruit (c.1500) - £24.50
Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & toasted bread
Hay Smoked Salmon (c.1730) - £23.50
Gentleman’s relish & pickled lemon salad
Salamagundy (c.1720) - £28
Smoked confit chicken, artichoke, marrowbone, horseradish cream & pickled walnuts
The Truffle (c.1500) - £28
Truffle, mushroom parfait & grilled bread
Frumenty (c.1390) - £29
Octopus, spelt, smoked sea broth, pickled dulse & lovage
Lamb & Cucumber (c.1830) - £50
Short saddle of lamb with cucumber heart, sweetbread, peas & dill
Black Foot Pork Chop (c.1820) - £52
Smoked hispi cabbage, ice cider, pickled onion & Robert sauce
Roast Halibut & Green Sauce (c.1440) - £48
Braised chicory, parsley, pepper, onion & eucalyptus
Braised Celery (c.1730) - £40
Gruyere, girolles, truffle, cider apple & smoked walnuts
Hereford Ribeye (c.1830) - £54
Mushroom ketchup & chips
Fillet of Hereford Beef (c.1830) - £58
Mushroom ketchup & chips
Buttered bay carrots - £7
New potatoes - £7
Savoy cabbage & onions - £7
Mixed leaf salad - £7
Chips - £7
Tipsy Cake (c.1810) - £19.50
Spit roast pineapple
Brown Bread Ice Cream (c.1830) - £18.50
Salted butter caramel, pear & malted yeast syrup
Sambocade (c.1390) - £19.50
Goats milk cheesecake, elderflower, apple, pickled blackberries & walnuts
Chocolate Tart (c.1820) - £18.50
Lime jam, frozen yoghurt & coconut ice cream
British Cheese - £20
Apple & plum chutney, fig & perry cheese, oat cakes & seeded crackers
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