High Street, Bray
Berkshire, United Kingdom
Open for lunch from 12pm
Dinner from 7pm
Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
Months, depending on your party size and luck. Good Luck!
I was very lucky to have an opportunity to eat at The Fat Duck. Thanks to my friend no doubt who got us a booking.
For those who are unacquainted, The Fat Duck is a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant run by Heston Blumenthal. The above are just a few of the dishes the restaurant serves during their 4 hour dining experience.
The menu is very much centered around Heston reminiscing about his time in Cornwall, and he tries, through his masterful cooking to bring you through that journey with him. I must say he has succeeded very well in bringing his diners to the oceans and the woods. You could feel the excitement from the start of the journey, to the eventual anticipation for home.
Anyone can tell you Heston’s speciality is in ‘multi-sensory’ cooking, and nowhere else will you truly understand the definition of that, than in The Fat Duck.
Breakfast is filled with micro-falvours and texture, a simple cereal bowl is made to taste like bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch takes you to the beach where you can truly taste every drop of the ocean, from the sounds right down to the salty, fishy seawater. Dinner is jammed packed with multitudes of textures on a single plate.
But at the end of the day, when you eat at The Fat Duck, you’re being transported back into Heston’s journey, Heston’s memory, and ultimately Heston’s adventure. As much as the restaurant asks you what flavours brings back memories of childhood or bliss, it cannot possibly bring you back to your adventure, your memories, your journey. – And perhaps this was what was disappointing about the restaurant for me, holding my breath that this meal was going to bring back feelings of warmth and nostalgia, but ended up being transported into someone else’s world, and memories.
The Fat Duck has succeeded in so many areas of cookery. It awes me everytime I think back upon those dishes they served so perfectly, but ultimately, perhaps I am not one for fine dining. Just one for rustic street food with the people that means the most to me.
Go, get on this adventure, try it for yourself. Check this off your bucket list! It is a must.
Yes and No, it’s kind of one of those things where you’ve tried it once and you’ve checked it off your bucket list.