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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Restaurants, Haute cuisine Knightsbridge
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(28user reviews)
 (John Blackwell)
John Blackwell
 (John Blackwell)
John Blackwell
 (John Blackwell)
John Blackwell

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A restaurant from Heston Blumenthal in a luxe hotel setting.

The London outpost of culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal’s empire, Dinner has a focus on recreating heritage dishes from days of yore. (Fun fact: the name originally stemmed from the fact that ‘dinner’ has meant different meal types, served at different times, throughout the ages.)

Given the historical focus, the feel of the room is surprisingly modern. Occupying what was once two separate restaurants within the Mandarin Oriental, it’s a huge, expensively decorated space with a masculine, minimalist look, all coffee, cream and backlit pelmets.

And the food? Absolutely outstanding. The signature Meat Fruit – made to a recipe dating back to 1500 – is a must-order. It’s a silky chicken liver parfait within a firm mandarin jelly, made to look like a real mandarin. It even has a real leaf poking out of the top (don’t eat that).

But everything here is flawless, from saffron and almond rice with veal sweetbreads, which dates back to 1390, to spiced squab pigeon with artichokes, ale and malt. Service, too, is fabulous: gracious, charismatic and super-savvy.

The only red flag, in fact, is the bill. Expect it to be brutal (though still much cheaper than at Heston’s other UK restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray).

Starters cost more than £20, mains over £40 and so on. But there’s lots of good (free) bread, and the terrific triple-cooked chips are ‘only’ £6, so share where you can, or hold back on booze (from £36 a bottle) to soften the blow. A bit. One final tip: the dark interiors and special-occasion price tag are best suited to dinner, but if you must go for lunch, then ask for a table by the window, looking out on to Hyde Park.


Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £250.
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Finally managed to immerse myself in Dinner By Heston Blumenthal and I got what I expected. Nothing but delight, surprise, amazing food. Service is effortless, attention to detail with the food is as you would expect with Heston's cuisine, immense. We had lunch and there was a real buzz about the place. The modern take on historic British recipes with the Heston twist work so well. For the experience of Heston's cuisine well worth booking.

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I cannot tell you how excited I was to get a table here on a busy Friday. Now I've been I wish I hadn't. I'm really sorry to say that the whole restaurant is hype - 'emperor's new clothes'. The food is 'fine'. It's not adventurous; it's nothing different from any bistro in Mayfair or St James'. What really lets the place down is the staff, there are dozens of them, you will see them marching by, they appear to think you are incredibly lucky to be in their presence, they will ignore you and (despite all of their assumed arrogance) they will make several silly mistakes. I expect you'll still go, I was so excited I wouldn't have listened, so instead (after you've experienced what we did) perhaps we should set up a survivor's club. Bitterly bitterly disappointed - go to the Ledbury or Pollen St. Social instead.


This is one of my favourite London restaurants. I keep on coming back to this one. Many of the dishes on the menu have featured in Heston's TV programmes like the Meat Fruit. Roast Marrowbone is a favourite starter.  Dinner is like the more serious sibling of Fat Duck but it provides a real treat for diners. There is still a theatrical element to serving the meal (but doesn't have the narrative or the detailed story telling that the Bray restaurant has). All the dishes are fab but desserts are  to die for with the Tipsy Cake as a firm favourite. It's pricey and you need to book in advance but it is a brilliant culinary experience - not to be missed. And great for a special occasion. 


Visited for a birthday treat and we were not disappointed! 

This place isn't as wacky as The Fat Duck - it's more traditional with historic dishes from the ages - but still has Heston's original flare.

We were sat next to a large window with a lovely view overlooking Hyde Park. The service we received was exceptional - the staff were polite and helpful, attentive without being overbearing.

The portion sizes were just right so that we were able to enjoy a three course meal (four if you count the extra chocolate treat at the end!) and leave feeling full, but not over-stuffed

The rice and flesh risotto was heaven on a plate and the tipsy cake is a must-try! The meat fruit really is the signature dish.

Many restaurants offer triple cooked chips, but none like these - perfectly crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.

The brown bread ice cream however may not be to everyone's taste.

Highly recommend!


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is on my restaurant bucket list and I finally went there on my birthday. I went for the much affordable set lunch menu on my first visit, which is a £40 3-Course Menu. (Available Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays) A great value for a two-starred Michelin restaurant. With good wine pairing option, too. 

Please please please order the tipsy cake, their signature dessert, like any other reviews told you so. Because it is absolutely sensational. I could go there again and again just for the tipsy cake. It has a humble looking until you dip your spoon and fork into it. The cake is baked in Sauternes and Brandy to made it "tipsy", so light, soft with the golden liquor underneath and smells amazing. However, I felt they put more alcohol into it on my recent visit. Not that is a bad thing just curious if it's because of the dinner service. 

Their customer service was top notch. The staff welcomed you like you were coming home. I love the open kitchen with clear glass windows. Really enjoyed my experience at Dinner and would love to recommend it to all my gourmet loving friends.


The food itself is very good, however not as adventurous or outrageous as what I was hoping. I was lucky enough to be one of the last to leave and was invited to take a look around the kitchen of which was incredibly interesting as the techniques for creating the dishes are unconventional. 

The tipsy cake is an absolute triumph of a dessert and I would go back for just that!!

This is a unique restaurant with a focus on British historical gastronomy, revisiting recipes dating as far back as the Middle Age! Second to none professional knowledgeable and friendly service with great views over Hyde Park


At some stage we've all seen the madman Heston Blumenthal bringing sexy back on a plate. Think simple ingredient, presented in an Alice-in-Wonderland style. The restaurant is nothing special apart from being located inside the Mandarin Oriental, but the walls aren't what you're there for. you are there for a culinary experience of a lifetime and that's exactly what you get. We've been there twice and could go again. Worth every penny (even post-Brexit). If you go, please, please, please get meat-fruit as a starter. 

This was on my bucket list & was a great but pricey dining experience. The room is lovely & on a spring evening light filled with a great view over Hyde Park. The staff were attentive without being fussy & I was made to feel very welcome. I'm not very good with anything offal related but there was plenty on the menu to tempt me. I stuck to Mr Blumenthal's signature dishes- the meat fruit & tipsy cake were both utterly delicious. Not sure I'd go back but for a once in a life time experience I'm very glad I've ticked it off the list!!


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal trades on the name of the eponymous celebrity chef and there are certainly flourishes of the nutty professor approach that Heston takes towards food (the much celebrated meat fruit dish and the liquid nitrogen ice-cream which provides a neat bit of theatre). However, the majority of the food is more analogous to other fine dining restaurants; everything is beautifully presented on cool white china by impeccably pressed staff in front of the verdant view of Hyde Park. The meat is meltingly tender; fillets of fish are flash-fried with a salty crust giving way to translucent flesh. The concept of reviving British food from historical cookbooks provides a novel spin on the fine dining experience but apart from the signature dishes, not much else from the menu stands out apart from the vertiginous and dizzyingly high prices on the a la carte menu (even for a two-Michelin starred restaurant!) My advice would be to take them up on the excellent value lunch menu (at time of writing, £40 for a three-course set menu, available on weekdays) and order from the wine-by-the-glass list (and don't be embarrassed about asking for tap water!) Sceptics amongst you may wonder whether the set lunch menu is a swizz (many of the dishes on there don't feature on the a la carte menu) but you are definitely not left feeling short-changed for opting for the offer. The staff are incredibly gracious and kind about any requests for additional orders from the a la carte menu should you wish to try some of the other dishes alongside the set menu. For a special occasion or a memorable meal that you are likely to save up for, the set lunch menu will provide a flash of culinary flair in lovely surroundings.

Staff Writer

Ignore the boring hotel restaurant setting, the magic of the food more than makes up for it. Everyone orders the meat fruit, and it's a great spectacle, especially at Christmas when they switched it from a mandarin to a plum. I opted for the ragoo or pigs ear off the great value set lunch menu (£38 for three courses). The roast quail was fantastic as was the pork chop I had last time I visited. If you can try to get a table near the glass walled kitchen so you can see the behind the scenes action. For dessert, the tipsy cake is a must, the rest didn't do it for me. Wine list is long and can be expensive but there's a great bottle of Valpolicella at the lower end of the scale. If you can't get into Fat Duck, or simply don't want to spend £600 on a meal, this is the closest thing you'll get to experiencing the wonder of Heston's food, albeit without the comfortable, understated surroundings of his Bray establishment.

Staff Writer

Lunch at Dinner was simply delightful. The restaurant feels light and airy and you cannot falt the food, whatever dish you order. 

All dishes are a re-interpretation of traditional British recipes dating back from 1500! 

It was an interesting and pleasant way to spend our Sunday afternoon.


Dined at this restaurant for the third time in July 2015. Each time I've been, the service and food have been superb. On our most recent visit, the restaurant staff greeted us by saying, "Welcome back", and recalled that we had engaged in a long conversation with the old restaurant manager on a previous visit. The meat fruit as a starter was amazing, and the the tipsy cake for dessert was unforgettable! We had an ice cream from the ice cream trolley at the end which was a special experience. This is an expensive restaurant but a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

I was here for the beginning of a few days of indulgent birthday celebrations (and not even a special number birthday either, oops) but it didn't live up to the hype, I'm afraid.  The food is delicious but nothing special; the staff were wonderful but the atmosphere is weird - the restaurant itself is in the Oriental Mandarin which means there are a lot of random rich tourists around all a bit lost and consequently the experience of drinking in the bar then dining isn't the cool, exciting, fun that it should be - it just feels a bit stale and on the whole I wonder if the novelty of the place is wearing thin now.  The prices are also mental, so I would say there are a lot cooler and hipper places to hang out.  That said, the food's good, so don't le me put you off if you're a Heston fan...  SJP

I went here with my hubby for our wedding anniversary. I went for the meat fruit (of course) it was as good as it looked. The staff where great and patient while I pondered the menu. Loved the venue, felt relaxed but organized. I went for the Chicken which I regretted when my husbands steak turned turned up ! All round great place. It was also great to see Heston arrive for dinner himself. Will go back for sure. 

Whenever I find myself at the Mandarin Oriental, one thing is usually on my mind, whether I can eat a whole Meat Fruit as well as three courses? It has to be creamiest foie gras and chicken liver mousse known to man, and for the unfamiliar, the only one that is displayed as an impressively real mandarin. Palmer-Watts' menu continues to deliver an excellent seasonalish selection with just a touch of history and flare. It's the crowd pleasing option as far as his endeavours go (let's ignore the 'for Waitrose' range and pretend all the UK chefs aren't selling out). I have to question the circumstances that have led to the achievability of getting a table without having to sell an organ to a concierge, and I think it's variety, one new dish every 6 months makes for slow change in central London. Service is comfortably formal, and wait staff are knowledgeable and patient in explaining the heritage of each dish. For me, Dinner is the 'never fail' you take out-of-London visitors to for Saturday lunch once, and again, and again. Delicious.

meat fruit wonderful, then downhill - the duck tasted like plain boiled duck, no flavour. The special Beef royale cooked for many many hours?? was just fat - fat jelly fat, no meat. Kept convincing myself this is Blumenthal's restaurant it must be a special texture to beef but no! just fat jelly. Pineapple dessert lovely, brioche very light and fluffy but a bit sweet.

We went to Dinner last night. Sorry to say that it failed to live up to the hype and and what you would expect from a Heston B resturant.The food was nice, but was severly tarnished by the poor service and attention to detail. On arrival no-one helped with taking coats. We waited 15 mins before any drinks and bread were brought to the table. The waiting staff were really noticable, and at times it felt like we were eating our meal in a train station.

Went there last night and enjoyed the meal very much. For starter I had the roasted marrowbone – excellent. I was a bit weary of the pickled vegetables but they complimented it very well. For main, I had the fillet steak, mushroom ketchup and tripled cooked chips and wine sauce. Fillet was delicious, I wanted it medium and it was cooked to perfection, succulent, and juicy with no blood oozing out. It was complimented with the mushroom ketchup and the wine sauce very well, I do not usually like red wine sauce, but this one was just right – it had a nice sweet taste. As for the chips, a hint of salt on a crispy shell, with a ‘melt in the mouth’ centre – very delicious. For dessert, I had the tipsy pudding, now this has to be the best pudding I’ve had in my life! Brioche drenched in beautiful syrup and served with a spit-roasted stick of pineapple. My whole eating experience was lovely. The staff where very knowledgeable of the menu and were very helpful, they also enquired about dietary requirements – which I thought was very good. The service was good, but I like to be left alone to enjoy my food when I eat out. Staff is obviously told to take part in small talk with the customers, but it was all too much for me. When I’m asked if I had a good day, I’m polite enough to say yes, I don’t expect to be asked what did I do! She did not really want to know what I did and I certainly did not want to discuss my day with a complete stranger. It got to the point where I was scared to make eye contact, as they’d dart over to the table! I like to pour my water myself, as I know how much water I want. I know with the prices, service should be excellent, and it was, but they should also be aware that some people see dinner time a quiet time to relax and enjoy – not to have to keep answering questions about the meal or saying, thank you but I’d like to pour the water myself.

By D Had dinner at Dinner yesterday and my god it was good. One of the few restaurants which lives up to the hype. The hubby and i had the meat fruit andjust went for the steak for two. Both were delicious and i'm a big convert to mushroom ketchup! So glad it got the star. By W Excellent fault free food. Service deserves a mention, we stuck with tap water and beer - not a hint of pressure to order expensive wines. This was the second time i've been - hope they are not turning this into a steakhouse - half the mains seem to steaks or pork chops. What everhapped to the 72 hour rib of beef?

Firstly this is NOT "The Fat Duck" "light". This is much more mainstream, if Blumenthal can do such a thing. The food is very precisely cooked, imagine eating a Leonardo dissection drawing of each course: very exact and fantastically consistant. Textures are a speciality and are magically combined: More than one course I stumbled on a surprising crunch and said out loud "Clever, clever boy". But (say it really quietly) the depth of flavour was not quite there. Meat fruit is beautiful and truly melts away, but wasn't quite meaty or fruity enough. However the Pineapple dessert is to die for, beating the chocolate bar into a cocked hat. The people are excellent, and service is certainly not as pretentious as some of the names of the dishes. Was it worth £140 (we drank only water) for lunch? No, it was like a friendly version of Alain Duchasse at The Dorchester. I'd spend twice that much and go for the real deal at Willy Wonker's factory at The Fat Duck in Bray.

Excellent lunch at Dinner - the service was fantastic and my pregnancy-related food-fussiness thoroughly catered for (sadly meant I couldn't try the meat fruit). Delicious wood-pigeon main course but the highlight was definitely the dessert of malted barley ice cream. The prices are as you might expect in a five-star hotel but the experience was great and I love the concept of resurrecting old British recipes.

The restaurant is very attractive and features a glass walled kitchen and splendid views over Hyde Park. The service was excellent but no more than one would expect from a restaurant in a 5 star hotel. Nevertheless, somehat more unexpected was the hit and miss quality of the food on offer. During our visit the misses were the meat fruit, the roasted sea bass and the brown bread ice cream. The hits were the savoury porridge, the black foot pork chop and the Tipsy Cake. The meat fruit is, I'm afraid, a gimmick. Tthere is nothing special about the chicken liver parfait covered by the orange peel textured gelatin. It is smooth and tasty but, despite the interesting presentation, holds nothing of particular interest in the flavour department. The sea bass was a good quality piece of a fish but the vinegar drenched cockles were far too over powering and the flesh of the bass did not marry well with their "squeaky" texture. The brown bread ice cream was very bizarre and tasted like a revolting savoury combination of yeast, salt and cream. Notwithstanding the above, the savoury porridge was incredible and the black foot chop was the finest I have ever tasted. Both dishes were full of complex flavours and contained first rate ingredients. However, the winning dish, for those with a sweet tooth is the Tipsy Cake. Whilst the spit roasted pineapple is another gimmick that I could take or leave, the cake itself was alone worth the visit.

Totally agree with this review from Time Out. The starters were delicious, the meat fruit had a good wow factor and tasted amazing. The smoked calves heart salad was tasty but miniscule. Main courses were very disappointing, on a par with something you could get in a good gastro pub. The spiced pigeon was, we were told, flavoured with star anise, coriander, cinnamon. The meat was amazingly tender and rich but the aforementioned spices could no be detected. The sauce tasted of nothing more but a red wine reduction. Cockle ketchup with the sea bass was interesting, quite vinegary, the fish was well cooked and good. Our side dish of potatoes, essential if you don't want to go hungry, was not cooked properly. They were raw in the middle. Unacceptable. Puddings, as T.O, were excellent. Magical flavours, unlike anything else we have eaten, and they looked beautiful. More should be said about the setting of the restaurant. It is quite ugly. Dated, in a 90s way, hideous tables leather panelled trolleys and walls and the most revolting champagne trolley you will set eyes on. Also, for nearly £100 a head, why no tablecloths?? it would make huge difference to the feel of the room. The view of the park is great, that is the only redeeming feature. Staff were very helpful and attentive.

Not entirely worth all the hype (and cost!) but definitely one of the best meals you'll find in London.

Yep, it is worth all the hype. The food is unbelievably good, and the staff were amongst the friendliest I've met in London. Prices are very high, but then again you are dining in Knightsbridge. Well worth saving up for!

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