“Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” is a restaurant that opened in London, England in January 2011. This restaurant gained a Michelin star only within a year, and after that, on April 2014, it was listed the fifth on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Moreover, it immediately received a second Michelin Star in the 2014 Guide.
Furthermore, the restaurant is managed by former Fat Duck restaurant’s head chef Ashley Palmer Watts. In fact, menu options are made while being based on historical British dishes. Those menu options and dishes were researched by food historians and in the British Library. Additionally, the restaurant’s opening immediately made interest in the industry, as well as positive reviews. The restaurant offers particular dishes that have been loved by visitors such as: the meat fruit and a chicken liver mousse created to look like a mandarin orange.
The restaurant opened after Christmas week in early 2011 and replaced the Michelin starred restaurant Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Moreover, they began to accept reservations on December, 1, 2010 however, the restaurant’s opening was not until January, 31, 2011. In fact, there were 42 phone lines set up once they started accepting reservations. They received over 600 telephone bookings. Even though it was not open yet, the first three months were totally booked. Surprisingly, a booking that was due on Valentine’s Day was sold on auction on the website eBay and was sold for £250.
The restaurant changes the menu every three months, each menu contains different historical dishes ranging from the 14th to 19th centuries. They serve dishes that include scallops and peas with cucumber ketchup and bergamot cured mackerel salad. In fact, one item was repeatedly reported in multiple reviews is the meat fruit, a chicken liver mousse made to look like a textured mandarin orange. The meat fruit became so popular that by November 2011, about 900 dishes were being sold per week.