~ Dinner//Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, London

I had the pleasure of having lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal last week, his first restaurant in London and was pleasently surprised by the quirky and traditionally inspired interior and the food was the star. A menu that is inspired by historic British gastronomy.
Dinner from Old French disner. 'A formal evening meal, typically one in honour of a person or event.'
The restaurant interior has been conceived as a subtle, elegant portrait – contemporary and innovative, yet mindful of tradition. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, giving diners a view of the kitchen and its unique pulley system. Modelled after a version used by the royal court, the pulley's workings look like the intricate parts of an oversize watch and serve to rotate the spit on an open-fire.
The ivory-painted walls are decorated with custom-made porcelain wall sconces in the shape of antique jelly moulds. A wall in the bar area displays British recipes taken from sixteenth-century cookbooks – but, like a conjurer's sleight of hand, these appear and disappear, depending on the light's reflection. Such bespoke details match Heston's refined, precise and playful approach to traditional British cuisine.
The interior designed by Adam Tihany also behind Apsleys at the Lanesborough & Bar Boulud, is a take on the modern British Brasserie, contemporary and innovative, yet mindful of tradition. The chairs, signed and numbered by Tihany for the restaurant were produced by Poltrona Frau. The large circular chandliers mimic the leading of a stained-glass window at Westminster Abbey.
My favourite feature is defiantely the jelly mould light, it's Heston...quirky, surprising and that sense of delight.
The 'Meat Fruit' entree (c. 1500) - very interesting




Images © London Design Journal

Dinner
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7LA