Take Me To Dinner


Come on then, what’s that thing on the left? If you said a glazed tangerine you’d be cold. Now if I tell you it’s in Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, Dinner, have another guess.

Erm, ell, it’s meat. You break the mandarin jelly skin and biter into chicken liver parfait. It come from around 1500, and all of the other dishes are from England’s past. There’s savoury porridge (c1660), spiced pigeon (c1780), cod in cider (c1940), Sussex pond pudding (c1620) taffety tart (1830), roast turbot with cockle ketchup and leaf chicory (c1839) and Roast Scallops with cucumber ketchup and borage (c1820).

So, as someone who once wrote a historical cookery programme, I desperately want to go there. But that’s the catch. It’s fexpensive (a new word I just made up to denote extreme cost). I’m a writer, not a hedge fund manager. It’ll have to wait for a very special occasion.

Dinner is at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA, 020 7201 3833

5 comments on “Take Me To Dinner”

  1. Alan Morgan says:

    You’ll have a bag of chips and a pickled egg like everyone else – and like it.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    They had mandarin oranges in England in 1500?! It actually sounds quite good, as do several of the other items. Of course, if people are going to spend lots of lolly (closest I could come to big bucks)for dinner it had better taste good.

  3. Alan Morgan says:

    We did indeed have mandarins at 1500, but now at ten past three and they’ve all gone.



  4. Polina says:

    By some weird coincidence (or rather a supreme stroke of luck!) somebody’s cancelled and we got a table for 13th Feb!!! Very excited! Polishing me credit card 🙂
    You are very welcome to come along, surely they have a spare chair 🙂

  5. admin says:

    Damn! You beat me there! It’s on my (ever-growing) list…

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