23 Oct 2010

The Fat Duck Report

Ok, here comes a MEGA blog post about our awesome Fat Duck experience. Get ready for an orgy in food!

So we went to this little village Bray, which is about an hour from London. It was lovely, very quaint, and funnily enough the home of two out of four restaurants in the UK who has got three Michelin stars. One of them being The Fat Duck! Behind the restaurant, and the creator of the menu, is the crazy genius Heston Blumenthal.
I think the logo/sign is very good!

James filled with anticipation!
Here's one of our brilliant waiters preparing the first course; "Lime Grove"- Nitro Poached Green Tea and Lime Mousse!
He put the mousse in liquid nitrogen which made it freeze on the outside, but it still wasn't cold when you picked it up!
And when we ate it, it kind of disappeared but left a really refreshing feeling in your mouth!
The second course was Red Cabbage Gazpacho with Mustard Ice Cream, it was delicious!
Then it was time for the third course, first they brought this out and told us to open the little box and place the film on our tongues...

The waiter then poured hot water over the moss and this happened!
It smelled like forest, really lovely.
The actual dish was this Jelly of Quail, Crayfish Cream and Chicken Liver Parfait...
with a Truffle Toast. It was very good, especially when you ate everything together.

Then it was time for the only dish I was a bit scared of beforehand... The Snail Porridge!
But the funny thing was, it was absolutely delicious! It was seriously so good, both James and I wolfed it down. It came with shaved fennel on top and Jabugo ham.
The fifth course was Roast Fois Gras with Gooseberry Sauce and Crab Bisquit. The presentation was so beautiful, it's like art!
James eagerly awaiting the next course!
This was one of my favourites! The "Mad Hatter Tea", inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The plate came out like this..
We were given a cup of hot water, and then a gold watch on a string. It looked just like a chocolate coin in gold foil. But you were meant to dip it in your teacup and then stir. The whole thing dissolved and made the soup broth.
Then you poured it over your plate, the gold was edible!
It was amazingly good!
The seventh course was called "Sound of the Sea", it was kind of crazy!
You were meant to listen to sound of waves and ocean (it was actually lovely) while you were eating. The sound and taste were supposed to make you feel like you were actually at the seaside. James really liked it, and felt it worked. I enjoyed the experience a lot, but didn't really like the taste of the "sand".

But it was fun!
This was another one of my favourites; Salmon Poached in Liquorice. It came with artichoke, vanilla mayonnaise and golden trout roe. It tasted incredible!
The ninth course was Powdered Anjou Pigeon with Blood Pudding Sauce, Potted Umbles, Spelt and Pickles. Also amazing! The pigeon was great, and the little side dish of spelt and potted umbles was unbelievable. The only thing we weren't crazy about was the sauce.

After that it was time for something really amazing! Hot and Iced Tea. It was literally both hot and cold at the same time, you could feel your mouth being warm on the left side and cold on the right. We had to ask how they did it, but I'm not gonna reveal that secret here!
The first dessert was Taffety Tart. It was so beautiful and very good. But not as good as...
The "BFG" - Black Forest Gateau. This is probably the best dessert I have ever had!

After that we got Whiskey Wine Gums. They came in a frame with instructions of which order to eat them in and where the Whisky came from.
The last course was "Like a Kid In a Sweet Shop".
It was a bag with different kinds of chocolates and sweets, all of them beautifully presented!

This was the best sweet; it was called "The Queen of Hearts".
When you opened the envelope this beautiful card was inside...

and then we realised it was white chocolate! And inside was strawberry jam! Even the wax that sealed the envelope was edible!
I had Chinese-style rosebud tea and James had a coffee.
It was an absolutely amazing experience! Theatrical, delicious and fun! It was like every course was a little show, definitely worth the money (and the effort it took to get a table).
James got a birthday card signed by Heston Blumenthal!

We left the house at 12.30 and came back at 6pm. Like James' dad said: "that's what I call a good lunch!"


Stephanie Passon said...

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am jealous!!!! The pictures are amazing!!!!
I am happy u guys had such a good time!
I love this post!

Josefine said...

The "Mad Hatter Tea" mushrooms are so cute! It's like a little island in the soup broth!

Looks like a day to remember!

Lisa {A Piece of Lisa} said...

yeah it's amazing how much detail goes into each dish! Thanks Steffi! xx

AHP said...

Oh my goodness, it looks like you had a fantastic time! so exciting and interesting :) Ax

moryn said...

ååh så häftigt!! Vattnades verkligen i munnen på mig.. Vilken underbar dag ni verkar haft!

Millan said...

Jag har aldrig förr sett något liknande! Det där måste ha varit en otrolig upplevelse!

ColinZeal.se said...

"that's what I call a good lunch!"
brittisk humor.

Äta på tregaffligt är något jag måste göra i framtiden. Att äta med tre gafflar samtidigt kan jag inte längre anse vara samma sak...

paper lantern said...

This is just brilliant! I love the breakdown you did of each course, capturing all the details! I can get stuck in Heston Youtube loop that lasts for days, thanks for the insight :)

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