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Sunday Lunch at Heston's

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Went for easter sunday lunch at The Fat Duck. OMG. It was near-indescribably good. Fifteen courses over almost six hours, each one delicious and magical and perfectly constructed, presented and served. Pure awesome. It was an eye-wateringly large amount of money, and a five+ hour round trip in the car, but it was worth every penny. Really nice to see the people we were with too. I fear we may have started an annual Michelin-starred-lunch-meetup tradition!

The photos, then. We're past the liquid-nitrogen poached-at-the-table aperitifs (wow!) and the first course, red cabbage gazpacho with mustard ice cream - which might have been my favourite course, as it goes. First shot is:

Jelly of quail, crayfish cream with chicken liver parfait, oak moss and truffle toast. Also a breath-freshener-like film with the flavour of oak moss, and dry ice on the table.

Snail porridge! Stunning.

Roast foie gras with rhubarb, braised kombu and crab biscuit. Got a bit carried away and started eating before taking a photo.

Next four - mock turtle soup. First the un-souped plate as it arrived, then the gold "watch" as it dissolved in the cup. Next, stirred gold in the now beef-consomme. Finally, the completed dish. Nothing says decadent like eating actual gold.

Final two: Sounds of the Sea. Conch shell + ipod, playing the sound of the beach. Then the plate itself, complete with edible sand, seaweeds and some of the best sashimi I've ever had. This was the only course where nobody spoke, as we all had our own headphones in.

Continued in part two
25th Apr 2011, 11:27   | tags:,

Twiglet says:

I've seen his restaurant menus on line and was quite curious, so thanks for sharing.

Faved the shell pic : )

25th Apr 2011, 12:59

Helen says:

Gosh. Seems to be part food, part performance -- a proper adventure. I'm not sure where you could go next to follow all this.

25th Apr 2011, 23:50

mat says:


If you gave me the choice between keeping my right arm and an all-expenses paid trip to Noma, I'd have to think quite hard about it.

26th Apr 2011, 16:39

Helen says:

A little further to go!

26th Apr 2011, 19:52

Helen says:

I fancy trying this place one day:

Mainly because he does a vegetarian tasting menu. It's looking fairly modest to me now though.

26th Apr 2011, 19:59

mat says:

Do it. You only live once. Also, his food looks very pretty.

I'm afraid I'm with Anthony Bourdain on vegetarian food though - a life without foie gras, sashimi, beef skirt or pork belly isn't a life I want to live. That said, Louise was sitting next to me at The Fat duck and her piscinarian options looked very nice.

26th Apr 2011, 20:43

Helen says:

See, I like the look and smell of meaty and fishy things better than their actual taste, so I'm sticking to my veg and fruit!

All the more meat for everyone else.

26th Apr 2011, 21:15