When the restaurant was first open a few years ago, it was quite an event, with everyone trying to score a table at this classy venue in London's prime district, the first branch by the talented Chef Heston outside of his Berkshire, Michelin-starred flagship restaurant Fat Duck. Nowadays it seems like the frenzy has subsided - we were able to get our lunch reservation a couple weeks in advance on the website, instead of the 6-month waitlist that was commonplace back then.
I thought the meal was pretty decent but nothing really stood out, right in the middle of the pack. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of creativity in the dishes - this has more to do with my original expectation, I suppose - but I thought it was somewhat compensated by the precise execution. While it didn't wow us as much as we would like, it's still a few hours well-spent.
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When? June 26 2015
Where? Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London
Menu Highlights? Meat Fruit - Mandarin, Chicken Liver Parfait and Grilled Bread
Drinks? Schloss Gobelsburg "Gobelsburger" Grüner Veltliner 2010