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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Opens in London

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Mandarin Oriental and The Fat Duck Group have opened Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Chef Heston Blumenthalís first London restaurant.

Blumenthal, of the three Michelin starred The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, The Hinds Head pub and The Crown pub of the same quaint village, has won international acclaim for his unique and multi-sensory approach to cooking. This, his first restaurant to open outside of the village of Bray, features the chefís inimitable style of culinary alchemy with a menu heavily influenced by his ongoing research and discovery of historic British gastronomy. The new restaurant opened at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London on Monday, 31 January 2011.

Focusing on the revival and modernization of traditional British recipes, the menu at this highly anticipated new restaurant features simple contemporary dishes inspired by Britainís historic gastronomic past and recipes dating as far back as the 16th century, such as Scallops with Cucumber Ketchup and Peas, Slow Cooked Short Rib of Beef in Red Wine Juice with Triple Cooked Chips and Tipsy Cake, made with Spit Roast Pineapple and Jersey Cream.

Mandarin Oriental and Heston Blumenthal worked with the internationally renowned designer, Adam D. Tihany, to create the restaurant interior. Inspired by Chef Blumenthalís deep interest and knowledge of 15th and 16th century cookery, the design is a contemporary British Brasserie concept; an innovative illustration which influences the senses, yet remains true to British culinary and design traditions. Tihany highlights rich, natural materials such as wood, leather and iron Ė historical elements at the root of 16th century British style Ė incorporating them in contemporary ways to reinforce Hestonís revival and modernization of traditional British recipes.

With uninterrupted views over Hyde Park, the restaurant also features floor to ceiling glass walls providing a glimpse into the open kitchen and an unusual one-of-a-kind large scale pulley mechanism. This contemporary chrome and steel contraption has been modelled after the 16th century pulley system originally designed for the Royal British Courtís kitchens. A private dining room is available for up to 10 guests as well as a chefís table for six located within the kitchen. During the summer months, a terrace overlooking Hyde Park will provide guests with one of Londonís finest al fresco dining locations.

Seating 140 guests, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is open for lunch and dinner and from May 2011, afternoon tea. The kitchen is headed by Ashley Palmer-Watts, group executive chef of the Fat Duck, who has worked with Blumenthal for ten years.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is open from 12 noon to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Three course set lunch is from GBP 28 while a three course a la carte dinner starts from GBP 55.

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