Meat Fruit – Dinner By Heston

I have so much respect for Heston Blumenthal as a chef and a person ๐Ÿ™‚ I think he has done magnificent things for the culinary world and has definitely educated me on how to think and cook in a scientific manner ~ Even though most of his recipes are a bit complicated for me hahaha

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

i have dreamt of dining at his restaurant Fat Duck for SUCH a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ but knew we wouldn’t have enough time to go this time ~ and I promised Mr Bao that we’ll go together. But I STILL wanted the ‘Heston’ experience so decided to go to Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental in London. After a lot of convincing and some threatening hahaha Win Win and Anonymous Sister, agreed to go with me! YAY!

Dinner By Heston

Dinner By Heston

Its not easy to get a table at Dinner By Heston ๐Ÿ™‚ Once again thanks to Ozmomo for her tip for booking through Top Table which is like the Aussie version Dimmi a website where you can make reservations for most restaurants. I was amazed at how hard it was to get a table, I booked for the table nearly 6 weeks before going, and because I was waiting for Win Win to get back to me what time she wanted, the 12pm slot was gone within 10 minutes. So we had to settle for the later 1:15pm time slot *shocked* and there was a strict ‘ยฃ50’ no show penalty fee per person! I thought that was a little bit extreme so I made sure my sisters were clear of it too ๐Ÿ˜›


We made sure we weren’t late and go there on time, staff at Dinner By Heston where attentive, but lacked some warmth and smiles. They kindly took our jackets and then led us to our table, I was surprised that the restaurant was so modern with tones of black, grey and white throughout ~ It was a big contrast to the hotel which looked quite historical.

Spices all over the wall

Spices all over the wall

I had already checked out the menu online so had a fair idea what I wanted, don’t laugh but Anonymous Sister was so worried about not ‘liking’ the food…she actually dragged us to have yum cha in China Town before coming here… so we weren’t all that hungry. After some deliberation, we decided to get one of the 3 course Set Lunch Menu ยฃ36 ($55AUD) and additional entree and dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

Chefs busy in the kitchen

Chefs busy in the kitchen

I liked how the kitchen was open and we could see the chefs working inside and even though I knew Heston wasn’t going to be inside ~ But I was still hopeful you never know right?

Complimentary bread

Complimentary bread

We started off with some complimentary bread, I think we were a bit spoilt from the amazing bread and baguettes from Paris, even though the bread was fresh and soft in the middle we found the crust to be too hard.

Meat Fruit ยฃ15

Meat Fruit ยฃ15 ($23AUD)

First up was the Meat Fruit which was not an option from the set lunch menu, but I simply couldn’t leave without ordering this! I have seen it on Masterchef Australia and how hard it was for contestants to make it ๐Ÿ™‚ For those are are not familiar, the meat fruit replicates a mandarin, while the filling is chicken ย liver and foie gras parfait accompanied with grilled bread.

Chicken liver and foie gras parfait

Chicken liver and foie gras parfait

I didn’t know what to expect of the meat fruit, and only know it was a pรขtรฉ, I carefully cut a quarter out and was immediately impressed at how ‘real’ the mandarin skin was. We spread some of the parfait over the grilled bread and that was it! We LOVED it! Win Win is a fan of foie gras and she couldn’t stop telling me how good it was ~ The parfait had the smoothest texture and was SO delicious! Not too overpowering but just right ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to warn you though, the meat fruit was very rich and filling, the 3 of us struggled to finish it, even though the waiter offered to bring us more bread.

Dressed Snails (Part of Set Lunch Menu ยฃ36 ($55AUD)

Dressed Snails (Part of Set Lunch Menu)

There were two options for the entree in the Set Lunch Menu, a Lemon Salad and the Dressed Snails that we chose. It had snails, parsley, beetroot, halloumiย and red wine juice, I liked all the flavours and surprised at how sweet beetroot could be. We would have liked a little more snails though ~

Roast Ray Wing (Set Lunch Menu)

Roast Ray Wing (Set Lunch Menu)

For the main we chose the Roast Ray Wing, embarrassingly I don’t remember what fish it was, but remember it cooked perfectly ~ The other elements of the dish were parsnip and buttermilk puree which was smooth and velvety, sea beet, brown butter and capers. This was a very delicate dish and however, found the main to be a little small compared to the entree and not very filling.

Orange Buttered Loaf

Orange Buttered Loaf

I love Heston’s dessert recipes, even though I have only made his chocolate tart with popping candy, it’s always a HIT amongst of family and friends ๐Ÿ˜€ For the dessert we were faced with the decision of the Prune and Tamarind Tart or this Orange Buttered Loaf. We immediately chose the orange loaf as we all liked orange flavoured desserts, and wasn’t sure about the tart ~ We were so pleased with this dessert! The mandarin and thyme sorbet was divine! While the orange loaf was caramelise and topped with a thin slice of candied orange. It was another one of those desserts that I would LOVE to have the recipe for!

Brown Bread Ice Cream ยฃ9 ($13.75AUD)

For the other dessert, I decided to get the Brown Bread Ice Cream with a salted butter caramel disc on the bottom and peat and malted yeast syrup. Win Win and Anonymous Sister did not like this dessert at all… they found the brown bread ice cream too salty and the salted caramel disc too sweet. I have to admit, I have mixed feelings of this dessert as I agree with them that the saltiness and the sweetness didn’t really match very well. But having said that it’s executed very well, maybe it just wasn’t my type of dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

Complimentary Chocolate Mousse with Cardamon shortbread

Complimentary Chocolate Mousse with Cardamon shortbread

We finished the meal with a complimentary chocolate mousse with a cardamon shortbread biscuit ~ I really liked the chocolate mousse while the cardamon shortbread was a little too strong for us ๐Ÿ™‚ Surprisingly, we were quite full and satisfied with this late lunch.

Overall, I enjoyed Dinner By Heston and I can finally say I have tried some of Heston’s dishes YAY ๐Ÿ˜€ I was particularly impressed by the meat fruit and the orange loaf, while there were some dishes and desserts that didn’t really suit our tastes and preferences. I would still recommend you trying Dinner By Heston if you get the chance when you go to London ~ ย just remember it can be difficult a table so book early.

Dinner By Heston
66 Knightsbridge
London, UK SW1X7
PH: (020) 7201 3833
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24 thoughts on “Meat Fruit – Dinner By Heston

  1. Hannah February 9, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    Considering I recently blogged chocolate covered potato chips, I think the brown bread ice cream dessert would suit me juuuust fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply

      But you seem to like salty and sweet combinations while I don’t LOL

  2. Ali February 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Oh wow! That looks great! He really is a very inspiring chef, isn’t he?

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

      He definitely is one of the most inspiring chefs in the world, too bad his dishes are too complicated for me to make hehe ~

  3. Choc Chip Uru February 10, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    I can’t believe you. Finally tried Hestons restaurant my friend, he is a dream chef!
    The food looks perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply

      I am very lucky and so glad that I finally got the chance to try Heston’s dishes ๐Ÿ™‚ they did not disappoint and was an amazing experience!

  4. gourmetgetaway February 10, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    I am so jealous!! I can’t believe you had to drag your sisters to Hestons and feed them Yum Cha first :0!

    The meals all looked magnificent, I think I would have had to choose the meat fruit too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm Reply

      Aww don’t be jealous Julie you get to go to so many fantastic places too! My sisters are silly they don’t really know who he is and they really like their Asian foods ๐Ÿ˜€

      The meat fruit was definitely the high light of the meal!

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm Reply

    I’d love to go there one time! It looks incredible ๐Ÿ˜€ And lol at your sister going to yum cha first! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I don’t really understand my sister’s either…they didn’t know who Heston was and they were worried that they wont be full geez hahaha

  6. hotlyspiced February 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm Reply

    I would love to go there just so I could tick it off my list. The ‘mandarin’ looks really special. I’ve never eaten snails and am a bit hesitant to try them. It’s a shame the restaurant doesn’t blend more with its historical surroundings xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Hi Charlie ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that’s exactly how I felt, to tick it off my list, that i have actually dined at Heston’s restaurant and tried some of his dishes hehe ~ I’m really glad that I tried the meat fruit it was seriously divine!

      Ohhh I was hesitant at first to try snails but now that I’ve had them a few times hehe they’re fine and quite tasty too!

  7. Norma Chang February 11, 2013 at 1:30 am Reply

    I too love the presentation of the meat fruit, looks like a real mandarin and the filling is quite a surprise, totally not what I expected. Sounds like a wonderful dining experience.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm Reply

      I didn’t expect that either Norma but it was a lovely surprise and I really enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€ A shame that I wont be able to make it at home ~

  8. Tina @ bitemeshowme February 11, 2013 at 9:14 am Reply

    SO SO JEALOUS THAT YOU WENTTTTTTTTT!!!! Sighhhh. Everything looks superb, I’d expect nothing less from Heston.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Awww don’t be jealous! You went to USA!!! That’s something I’m jealous off as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Lunch at Dinner at Heston was amazing ~ I’d love to go back again and try ALL his desserts hahaha if i wasn’t going with my sisters, I think I would have ordered another dessert or TWO ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. leaf (the indolent cook) February 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    The “mandarin” looks so real! The snails, fish and orange dessert sound fabulous too.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 12, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply

      Hahhaha my Anonymous sister really thought it was going to be a sweet dish when they brought the meat fruit over hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Christine @ Cooking Crusade February 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm Reply

    I was lucky enough to visit this great resto last year! I didn’t order the meat fruit though as it did seem very rich and I was dining alone. A shame the brown bread dessert wasn’t fantastic, but I have heard the tipsy cake there is fabulous, if you’re there again any time soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm Reply

      Did you like it last year when you went? Yeah I regret not getting the tipsy cake! I only just heard of it after I ordered the brown butter ice-cream dessert, lol my fault for not reading it properly and just ordering it because I saw the word ‘salted caramel;’ LOL

  11. Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) February 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

    OMG! ur so lucky you got to try this place! I have been DYING to try out his cooking! Everything looks amazeballs here!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

      I know I was so glad that I was actually able to get a table ๐Ÿ™‚ It surely did not disappoint hehe ~

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

    That chicken pate looks amazing! My initial thought was why they serve a mandarin orange next to bread?! LOL. They have very unique dishes and I can’t imagine how they would be like without tasting one. Sounds like you enjoyed the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ashley February 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply

    What a dreamy experience! I would die to eat at one of Heston’s places! Maybe will have a chance next year? Will have to see what happens ๐Ÿ™‚ The meat fruit looks amazing!

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