China Tang – Cantonese food

Located at the Dorchester the iconic, art-deco interior is designed to evoke the romanticism of the Thirties. China Tang is said to offer some of the best and most authentic Cantonese food outside of China.

Me and the trench coat took a walk and was seated for lunch.

First there was a basket of assorted Dim Sum, some Har Kau (scrimp dumpling), Siu Mai (pork dumpling), Chiu Chow dumpling, vegetable dumpling and vegetable spring roll.

The tastes were clean and fresh and vegetables crispy. Cooked perfect, but as in most cases this sauce lady would have liked something else that hot-hot chili sauce to dip in. Clear that result is down to the ingredients.

Next was an tomato and egg drop soup. I love tomato soup and I love eggs. But have not tried them combined before and must say I was a bit skeptical, but it was very fresh, light and something I could do at home sometime.

Next dish was Hong Kong classic mixed meat and seafood noodle with greens and oyster sauce. Chicken and pork was amazingly tender and the taste was crisp and healthy. Noodles I would have liked less burnt.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

After some hassle I managed to get at table at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. You might understand my excitement. It was to the point that I was so looking forward I could barely sleep due to happiness.

At this point most sane people might start to consider whether their hobby is really healthy or not…

Showered with accolades, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants. Having spent years researching and exploring Britain’s gastronomic past, Blumenthal and Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts consulted with food historians and spent endless hours at The British Library in search of ideas. The result is a menu that has achieved worldwide recognition from food critics, chefs and customer alike.

Well, I headed to the Mandarin Oriental where the restaurant is located and started with a drink in the Mandarin bar. Had a #51 Fizz containing Snow Queen vodka, peach pureé, Frangelico, yuzu, Champagne and peach bitters.

When table was ready I was seated in the restaurant and had a look at the menu. This was also meant to be an inspiration for the birthday dinner that was about to come.

Did my suggestions and was served bread with nice flavors and a hard crust.

First dish was the meat fruit. The most exiting thing for this evening and something I’ve been so curious about ever since I mad it my self for last Halloween dinner. I can tell you I was on edge! And it looked great.

Then I tasted it and let me tell you that I don’t think I could hide my twisted feelings. I was in limbo! I didn’t know if I should feel disappointed. Or happy. Or just extremely proud?! It tasted EXACTLY the same as the one I made. #whatthehellamireallythatgood

I have not yet recovered from this experience.

I took the cab back (look mum, very responsible…) because I was so full. Must admit that I didn’t really recognize the feeling at first…

Expectations: To try the meat fruit and compare it to my Halloween edition. Find inspiration for upcoming Birthday Dinner 2017.

Dress code: Comfortable. They welcome diners from the age of 4 years and above. I would recommend a smart casual with room for food.

Service: Well dressed and knowledgeable waiters.

Food: High class with lots of flavors and layers.

Ambiance and venue:  Back ground noise but not too tiring, venue quite modern with kitchen behind glass wall. View of Hyde Park. Just enough attentive waiters.

Drinks: A wine list in different price ranges. Not so many on half-bottles.

The chair: A quite comfortable sofa.

Money worth? Yes, it’s an experience.

Putti´n on the Ritz

The Ritz restaurant in London is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world, and I could sure live there.

This was what I had for dinner.

Chestnut velouté with sea buckthorn and wild mushrooms. A rich and creamy creation that started the dinner in a great way.

Brill with beluga lentils, mussels and Champagne sauce

Prune and Armagnac soufflé with almond ice cream

A plate of sample desserts with ganache filled chocolate, vanilla macaron, marmalade and chocolate cake. Of these my favaourite was the macaron due to its silky texture and impeccable smoothness of the filling, the best I’ve ever tasted.

Expectations: A decadent evening with perfect food and nice wine with the best service around. No pressure…

Dresscode: Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans and sportswear are not permitted for either ladies or gentlemen). Please note that trainers and sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel or Club’s restaurants or bars.

Well thank god, if not understood by the rest of the ambiance, you would look ridiculous in this venue if wearing jeans or trainers…

Service: Well dressed waiters and knowledgeable and happy waiters.

Food: High class with clean flavors. Delicately seasoned as it should.

Ambiance and venue: Fabulous! No unnecessary back ground noise, beautiful venue and just enough attentive waiters. Yes, it is one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world.

Drinks: Special champagne offer, great wine list in different price ranges. Not so many on half-bottles.

The chair: Super comfy and very beautiful.

Money worth? Yes! I’ll be back!