I first heard about Heston Blumenthal a couple of years ago on TV. SBS was airing one of his many TV shows, Heston’s feasts, and it blew my mind. His knowledge of food chemistry, how they break down, the source of taste in the food and how to preserve the colour, shape, texture and taste is extraordinary. He sees food like science, understanding the underlying chemistry by doing lots of experiments…. really, he’s like a scientist. Perhaps that’s what made me like him, or at least, see him as a respectable chef because he likes to perfect his technique based on his understanding, research, and, experiments.
Melbournians are really lucky when he decided to open one of his famous restaurant, Dinner, at Crown. True to his personality, the restaurant itself was designed to pique your curious minds. For starters, finding the actual entrance was a challenge. We walked through a really dark walkway leading to a LED screen. There’s no door, it’s too dark to see anything else other than the LED screen in front of you and you kept wondering if you’ve gone to the right place. Right when you want to turn around, the undetected door suddenly slide open and the sight of waitresses greeting you with a big smile with fellow diners dining in the background and a glimpse of the chefs cooking behind a see through glass on the left was quite memorable.
We were here for my mom’s 60th birthday. She and dad flew to Melbourne the night before and reached Melbourne that morning. I thought long and hard where to bring her for her birthday dinner and finally settled for Dinner. My parents love food but they hardly splurge on fine dining. I don’t blame them though. The food in Malaysia are impeccable and cheap. But for that day, I wanted to spoil my parents. I wanted my mom to feel special, to know that we appreciated what she had done for us over all these years. While booking the table online, I made a note to have our table by the big windows if possible and that we were there for my mom’s birthday. They didn’t give us a table by the window. Sadly, only table for 2 are available by the windows. We are a table of 5. They did however, greeted my mom and wished her Happy Birthday. Even wrote “Happy Birthday” on her complementary chocolate at the end.
The menu had a holder that wrapped around the menu and if you turned it around, it tells you historical tales of British culinary. Some of them were pretty funny. We were served by the most thoughtful waitresses and waiters. They are all very well mannered and seems to have memorised the menu by heart. We went for the ala carte menu and all of us ordered an entree, a main, and desserts. As we don’t often eat at Heston, we tried to order as many things on the menu as we can. Dad and bro had wine, while the rest of us had non alcoholic drinks.
After ordering, we were given complimentary bread and butter.
For starters, we had:
For mains, we had:
For desserts, we had:
The dinner ended with a complimentary Earl Grey infused chocolate ganache with caraway biscuits. So good! You really can taste the earl grey in the chocolate. The dinner took us close to 3 hours to finish. It was a very slow paced dinner but not too slow. Just nice for a dinner that wasn’t rushed. A lot of people think that dinner like these to fill you but I can say that the portions in Dinner was relatively big. We were all very full by the end of it. I had a great experience and will definitely come back for another special occasion.
If you were thinking about going to Dinner by Heston, I highly recommend doing so. All of the food we had were amazing and if you don’t mind splurging a little bit more, try the steak. My dad raved about it and he hardly ever raved about food if they aren’t any good.
Thanks for reading! Til the next post, keep experimenting~!