Toward the end of April it is Tez and my wedding anniversary. Over the years we have ensured that we have had some memorable events. Usually Tez does the planning and implementation. This year we had not planned anything specific and I had asked friends on Facebook what we should do? I had some fabulous suggestions, with a few ideas involving “barefoot in the park” type activities. Well, as many of us realise, Debra means “buyer of shoes”, so it was not barefooted; but there was certainly a focus on feet.
Yes new shoes….naturally!
started to do his usual “research” on what are the best restaurants listed in London. After an hour or so of watching him on Google, I thought I needed to assist and find somewhere or we would starve!!!!..…..I picked up the phone and dialled the restaurant that I had just been reading about in a magazine.
“Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” the lovely voice answered, after 2 rings. “Hi, my name is Deb and we just arrived from Australia. It is our anniversary and I was wondering if you would have a table for two for dinner tonight?” “Let me see what I can do,” she responded.
So a reservation was made for 10pm – second sitting. I was quite pleased and advised Tez we had a booking. So he continued to undertake his research to find a “local pub” where we could have a pre – dinner drink. Now just as Tez does not quite get the “magic” that I see in bag and shoe shops – I don’t quite get the same “bells chiming” for me when we walk into dusty, smelly old pubs with seats that feel like they will break under me if I breath. Nevertheless, we stopped and had a pint ‘n G & T at the “Nags Head” in Knightsbridge before dinner. He thought it was a great pub! Full of character and personality – apparently!!
From the website:
The main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening.
A formal evening meal, typically one in honour of a person or event.
From Old French disner
Check it out – it is worth a little visit http://www.dinnerbyheston.com/
After our drink at the Nag’s Head we had a stroll round the streets and found our way to the bar at the Mandarin, a little early, but it was only a few minutes before a table was ready for us.
“Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” is located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel just over the road from Harrods, so it was not the original 3 Heston establishments out of town, we were dining at. The menu was quite stunning. Old British fare adapted to
21st century dining with the usual unusual style of Mr Blumenthal. Each dish was described by its year of origin (or century) and where possible, the original source of the recipe quoted.
So for Tezza’s dinner he ordered:
Unfortunately, we did not get to meet the main man himself, but the head waiter Danilo, was very friendly and attentive and after nearly all other guests were gone, he offered to show me around the kitchen. Naturally I was rather shy and said “Oh, I couldn’t impose!” – Like hell, I was out of my chair so fast and spent about 40 minutes chatting and having a good look around. Amazing kitchen with a number of Heston designed ovens and the detail in which food preparation and cooking was explained was certainly comprehensive. I was so thrilled to be treated to the time and discussion.
As we were leaving we had a look in the private dining room – with the a very unique adornment hanging on the door: