You already know the punchline.
You know what the worst thing is about time travelling jokes is?
Well, thanks to Heston Blumenthal’s culinary caper through the past, time travel just got a little better. We are of course talking about the metaphorical kind, because, together with researchers from the British Library and Hampton Court, the team at Dinner have set about compiling the tastiest history book you’ve ever eaten, and so far it’s earned them two Michelin stars.
Awash with wood panels, culinary sculptures, and a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley, the interior could be mistaken for a postmodern Hogwarts. Designer Adam Tihany even raised the entire restaurant by several feet in order to provide uninterrupted views of Hyde Park. It all combines for a perfect backdrop to a tumble down the rabbit hole of British Cuisine, where the stops include:
THE MIDDLE AGES
Revisit the food-al system and indulge in Frumenty (grilled octopus in smoked sea broth), Sambocade (a goats milk cheesecake with poached pear) or Dinner’s signature dish, Meat Fruit (a jaw dropping mandarin made of chicken liver parfait).
If you’ve got the molluscan munchies, this is the era to visit. There’s snails on everything from savoury porridge to welsh cakes, or if you prefer your gastronomy without gastropods, there’s always Earl Grey-cured salmon and chicken oysters with bone marrow.
THE VICTORIAN AGE
If you’re conscious of spending those time–miles, then take a trip a little closer to today with brown bread ice cream, spiced pigeon or steaks with mushroom ketchup.
Civilisation nailed booze thousands of years ago so don’t expect much of a departure here. There’s lots of it, and it’s very good.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
NOTE: Dinner is open 12pm-2pm and 6pm-10:15pm on weekdays and 12pm-2:30pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm on weekends. Reservations can be made online or by telephone.
Dinner | Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
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