Dinner by Heston, Hyde Park
The Mandarin Oriental bagged a big gun here. The man who made the little town of Bray world famous with The Fat Duck, becoming a household name along the way, has since used an achingly ironic name for his latest restaurant: Dinner by Heston. Yep, that’s right – you can joke that you’re going for dinner at Dinner, although try and hold back because you’ll
sound like your dad. The room is focussed on the vast open kitchen (complete with specially made duck ovens and pineapple roasting machinery) and stunning views out onto Hyde Park if you’re dining in daylight.
Served by impeccably polite staff, the food here is sublime. Much publicised, and for good reason, is the meat fruit starter- order one to share and go hell for leather with the accompanying “grilled bread”. Main courses are hearty and British, so if the night appears to be leaning on the side of shacking up in a suite upstairs, opt for the fish. Carefree carnivores however will find all the meat and bone marrow one could possibly desire.
The bar next to the restaurant itself is relatively underwhelming, so start off downstairs at Bar Boulud then saunter up the marble steps when you’re both one glass down. Allow time for dinner, there are spectacles a plenty and you can definitely spin this one out for a good few hours. Finish off with the liquid nitrogen ice cream, created for you at your table – even if for the sole reason of witnessing what Tom Parker Bowles described as the “bastard offspring of a magi mix and a hostess trolley”.
It’s Heston; it’s not going to be cheap. The staff know their stuff and their up selling skills are second to none.
4. You’d have to be a robot not to feel vaguely bedazzled by this place, plus you’re dining in a hotel….credit cards were made for moments like this…we’ll take the Turret Suite thanks.