Our final day in the British capital was mostly focused on the long-awaited and highly anticipated lunch at Dinner by Heston.
Dinner by Heston opened in 2011 and within a year received its first michelin star. A couple of weeks back it was also selected as number 7 on the San Pellegrino world’s 50 best restaurants list. Needless to say, expectations were high.
The lunch started with a few slices of bread served with a very tasty and yellow butter. I was a little worried at this point since it wasn’t anything crazy or spectacular about it. It was just bread.
Dinner by Heston focus on British food from the 13th century and forward, hence the year in the parentheses. Above: Grilled Hay Smoked Mackerel (c.1730) Lemon salad, fennel & pea shoots
Dressed Snails (c.1884) Parsley, beetroot, salty fingers & red wine juice.
Cured Salmon (c.1660) Monks beard, peas, caper & mussel broth.
Roast Quail (c.1590) Cabbage, onion & smoked chestnut.
Orange Buttered Loaf (c.1630) Mandarin & thyme sorbet.
Millionaire Tart (c.1730) Crystallised chocolate & vanilla ice cream.
Our final dish was a small freebie – elder tea infused ganashe served with a caraway biscuit.
Despite my initial worries about the simplicity of the (although tasty) bread. My fears were unfounded. The food was really good. The roast quail is among the best dished I’ve ever had. I also loved the desserts. On top of that staff were friendly and the price was good. Our total bill was about 90 pounds which included a quite generous tip.
After our lunch it was pretty much off to the airport. We took a final walk through London, picked up our bags at the hotel and took the tube to Heathrow. At Heathrow we got to try out the British Airways Galleries South lounge where we sipped champagne and feasted on the buffet, which of course wasn’t that exciting compared to the lunch.
All in all a fantastic weekend.