Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Fat Duck

I had the wonderful opportunity to dine at Heston's Fat Duck last month and I would like to share my experience with you as it was so amazing! It's the best dining experience I've ever had and totally worth it in my book. My friend, Lisa came to visit from Sydney and she booked us a table exactly 2 months beforehand from Sydney. She arrived at about 6am in London and we were having lunch at Fat Duck by 12! We got a train to Maidenhead from London and then a short taxi ride to the restaurant.  It's quite unassuming from the outside and surprisingly small on the inside. I say surprising as I expected it to be bigger - don't ask me why. It's very well staffed with very polite, courteous and knowledgeable staff. 
The whole experience really was just incredible. I'm quite a fussy eater and when I first looked at the menu I thought I wouldn't even eat half of it. I did ask for a few modifications and they were extremely obliging. The food was superb and the presentation just stunning.  If I could afford it, I'd eat there again in the future! 

 tasting menu

 Nitro Poached Aperitifs - this is one of my favourites. I chose Vodka and lime sour. Its cold and light with a crisp, meringue like shell on the outside and just melts in your mouth leaving a lovely refreshing taste. 

 Red Cabbage Gazpacho with pommery grain mustard ice cream - interesting flavours, very refreshing

 oak moss - the strips in the box melts in your mouth and gives you a flavour of the moss 

 jelly of quail, crayfish cream, chicken liver parfait, and truffle toast - one of my favourite courses of the meal. 

 love the 'special effects' 

 snail porridge, Iberico Bellota Ham, shaved fennel (I had mine without the snails) - probably my least favourite course 

 2nd favourite course- roast foie gras rhubarb, braised konbu and crab biscuit

 mad hatter tea party 

 mad hatter tea. the waiter tells you the story of the hare and the gold watch from alice in wonderland. He brings a gold watch in a box (I didnt get a picture of it - arrgh!) and puts it in your tea cup and asks you to stir it. It becomes the broth with edible gold pieces. 


 sound of the sea. You listen to music from the ipod whilst eating this. The waiters only tell you what it is AFTER you've eaten it despite numerous requests for an explanation beforehand. Everything is edible on top of the glass plate and it was really delicious. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. 

 Lisa's favourite course - salmon poached in a liquorice gel, artichoke, vanilla mayonnaise and golden trout roe. I was dubious about the liquorice to start with but it was delicious. 

 My alternative main course as I definitely could not stomach the one on the menu. It was absolutely gorgeous and I'm so glad I went with this. The fish was perfectly cooked and the mushrooms and baby onions complement it well. 

 This had pieces of fish and ?crayfish or some sort of large shellfish and something else - it was an accompaniment to my main meal. 

 main course - anjou pigeon, blood pudding, ...

 ... served with risotto of spelt and umbles. 

 hot and iced tea - this was amazing! as you sip it, the left side is hot and the right side is cold! It's an earl grey flavoured tea which was very refreshing. 

 galette of rhubarb, neroli scented yoghurt ad rhubarb sorbey and bits of coconut. Not my favourite flavours but I thoroughly enjoyed this. 

 Black Forest Gateau

 These were cute! The come on a picture stand which is placed in front of you and you have to eat them in order. They melt in your mouth and tasted better than normal wine gums! 

 finally you get a bag of sweets with this menu card 


Have you ever been to the Fat Duck or somewhere similar? I would love to hear your experiences.  My next trip to Sydney, Lisa has promised we can go to Tetsuya's :) 


  1. Great write up and lovely to see photos of all the courses. Looked like an awesome experience and I'm pleased you'd go back. Have to admit that Heston crosses the line for me in that way he plays with food - I find it gets a bit overworked and tiresome. Best meal out I've eaten was at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley...maybe I'm just an old fashioned girl at heart!

  2. Wow! We always said we wanted to try Fat Duck, it was quite close to where we used to live but after seeing your write up I'm thinking it would be pushing the boat out a bit too far for me! you were very adventurous though! some of the ideas are nice like the sound of the sea platter with the music to listen to etc.. but the food is far too fancy for my tastes! loved seeing all your pics though!

  3. I have never had a meal as amazing as this one. Lucky you!

  4. Thankyou SO much for posting this! It's a dream to go to The Fat Duck one day and this was the next best thing! Everything is so creative and I have to say details like the wine gums really tickle my fancy :)

    Enjoy Tetsuya's when you come here! :D

  5. What amazing presentation! This looks delicious.

  6. What an amazing experience. All those tastes, textures and theatre sound truly unique. Having heard so much about the place, you're the first person I "know" whose actually been there.

  7. Wooooooooooow! How beyond awesome, this is like an experience of a life time! I am so happy for you that you got to go. I love seeing the magic that Heston creates on TV, but to taste it, that is very special.
    *kisses* HH

  8. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I kept thinking I'd love to go but I'm allergic to shellfish and I don't eat fois gras, pigeon or snails so not sure if I'd really enjoy it. It's mainly, if I'm honest, the puddings I want to try as they look fabulous!
    Glad you had a great time and a great write up!


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