I’ve never gone out of my way to eat at Fancy or Expensive restaurants, but I enjoy good food of various cuisines and was given the opportunity to eat at Heston’s newest Restaurant located in Knightsbridge, inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.
On entering the Hotel we went up a flight of stairs to the Restaurant entrance and were met at the entrance of the Restaurant called Dinner, by a woman who confirmed our booking, took our coats and directed us to the Bar that’s located just infront of the Restaurant entrance. I was handed a drinks menu at this very minimalistic bar (the area on show was a service area, with the bar area being behind a screen… I ordered a Vodka based Passion Fruit cocktail which was £15 and a 330ml bottle of Budvar that was an eye-watering £6.50, these came with some complementary chinese crackers.
After waiting for a few mins we were taken to our table, which was just outside of the main restaurant area, but seated right next a large glass window looking into the Kitchen, which was a nice insight and looking out onto Hyde-Park, unfortunately it being pitch black outside we couldn’t fully appreciate the view. The overall decor of the restaurant was nice, neutral, very clean looking with some little qwerks like the Jelly Moulds on the wall.
The service was excellent, with a lot of staff in the restaurant each with their own little job. The menu was quite small, had a fair selection of dishes and all the items had origins of very old recipes dated back to as early as the 1200’s. I especially liked the having the lady taking our order talk us through the menu and she encouraged questions about some of the more unusual elements of some of the dishes.
For Starter, we ordered the Meats Fruits and the Crab Loaf:
The Meats Fruits was delivered in the shape of a Mandarin and was a rich, tasty pate, with a hint of Orange, very tasty.
The Crab Loaf was moist, sponge textured, crab loaf with a blended Crab, Celery and Cucumber Salad on top, also very tasty and my favourite dish.
For Main, we ordered the Powered Duck and the Black Footed Pork:
The Powered Duck was very pink, moist, tender but for me lacked duck flavour and meaty gameness. The duck fat was spongy fatty and I would have preferred it to be a bit crispy. It was served with Duck Heart (which was ok) and Fennel, which were also ok but not really my taste (i’m not an aniseed fan)
The Black Footed Pork originates from a breed of Organic pigs found in Spain, the meat was also tender, moist, a little fatty but it was little lost in the Roberts sauce of reduced pork, prosciutto ham and spelt.
The main courses were £30 each, were nice, but I didn’t think they were perfect and I was a little disappointed.
For Dessert, we ordered the ChocBar and a Macchiato coffee.
The ChocBar was the size of a fun-size milkybar, it was a very rich dark chocolate with a ginger caramel running through it. It was served with Ginger IceCream and some biscuit crumbs. It was a nice dessert, very rich and we’re glad we shared it as it would have been a struggle to eat it alone because of the power of the Ginger & Dark Chocolate.
The Macchiato was nice, rich, bold and a good end to the meal.
As a nice suprise at the end of the meal, prior to getting the bill we were given complimentary Earl Gray infused Chocolate Ganache with Caraway seed biscuits, which were nice.
Overall, it was good to experience this restaurant. The kitchen side seat was a good view of a famous kitchen in action, the service was excellent. The food was nice, Starters excellent, Mains “ok” but as commented above not great and dessert was nice. Would I go again? With that price point on the current Menu, No. If the menu changed and someone else caught my eye I may go again.