Heston Blumenthal To Open London Restaurant

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 102 months ago
Heston Blumenthal To Open London Restaurant

Photo / Brian Minkoff
Anyone craving some umami-heavy foodstuffs can rejoice: culinary iconoclast Heston Blumenthal has announced that his first London restaurant will open on December 1st.

The venue, to be named (somewhat onanistically) 'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal', will be located in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and will serve "history-inspired modern dishes" (a gambit recently deployed by Bompas and Parr for their Complete History of Food).

Blumenthal has been burrowing away in the bowels of the British Library to research what Britons were dining on as far back as the 16th century, and the menu will feature dishes inspired by once-popular meals including bergamot cured mackerel salad, slow cooked short rub of beef and scallops with cucumber ketchup and peas. Wot, no vacuum jars and snail porridge?

Price-wise, DBHB isn't too bad: £25 for a three-course lunch, and £55 for the three-course à la carte dinner menu. Bookings open 15th October (call 0207 201 3833 to make a reservation), and at those prices it's likely to be booked up solidly for a while.

Those fiending for more Blum may be pleased to know that he's one of the chefs under consideration to operate the re-opened BT Tower restaurant.

Last Updated 18 August 2010