The greatest Nana in the world kindly treated Lawrence and I to a bit of a new house, new job meal at Dinner by Heston. With the waiting list for tables a couple of months long it’s a tad delayed but finally we got our dream to head on down to the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge.

Mandarin Oriental

We started with a couple of tasty drinks in the bar before we were shown to our table.

Mandarin Bar

Right from the start we were drooling at the menu before we’d even been presented with our dishes.

Dinner by Heston Menu

We did our standard of going halves on each course, why stick with 3 when you can have 6 courses!

Happy Laura

First up was ‘Meat Fruit’ – a beautiful looking mandarin which when you cut through was a moist chicken liver & foie gras parfait served with grilled bread.

Meat Fruit

The next starter was the Roast Scallops accompanied by cucumber ketchup, purple sprouting broccoli & borage. This was a lovely refreshing dish, a combination that went perfectly together.


Continuing on the joyous flavours it was onto the mains of Spiced Pigeon with artichokes and an ale sauce. Tender meat with a beautifully rich sauce.


The other side of the mains was Roast Iberico Pork Chop with spelt, ham hock & robert sauce. This was a flavoursome piece of pork accompanied by the exquisite spelt mixture that also had something similar to the texture of popcorn on the top.

Pork Chop

Now for the Pièce de résistance in the form of desserts. There was no doubt of going for the Tipsy Cake with spit roast pineapple which I would recommend to anyone. A warm, sponge which melts in the mouth and has a similar taste to Pecan pie.

Tipsy Cake

The second choice was a little harder to decide on, but in the end I managed to win and we went for the Sambocade. Goats milk cheesecake, elderflower & apple, perry poached pear and smoke candied walnuts. Lovely creamy cheesecake which instantly won Lawrence’s heart.


Now we just about had enough space to see what Lawrence’s choice would have been like, the Brown Bread Ice Cream with salted butter caramel, pear & malted yeast syrup.

Brown Bread Ice Cream


This was good but slightly too sickly and our least favourite of the three – but glad we got to try it. You’re only at Dinner by Heston once!

Laura at Mandarin

This was one of if not THE best meals we have ever experienced and I’m very grateful we could taste such wonderful food.