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Day Trip to The Fat Duck

Last week I visited The Fat Duck. What can be said about Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-star rated restaurant that hasn’t already been said before? Absolutely nothing, really. I would have to be very clever or make up something completely outrageous to be novel. But Heston’s 13-course menu, his unique blend of alchemy and gastronomy, his penchant for contrasts and sensory manipulation all make for an exceptional dining event that must be experienced to be fully understood. (more on Scatti di Gusto…)

2016-01-07T03:37:14+00:00 February 17th, 2011|Categories: London, Restaurants|6 Comments


  1. HK Epicurus February 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Amazing place to dine! Tried to book but the website is like all booked out.

    I might need your help on securing a table here next time around. The meal seems to complex to understand in nature, I’ll definitely need to take a few attempts to re-read it and try to understand the concept! Thanks for the write-up 🙂

  2. Katie February 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Yeah it was a really extraordinary meal. I really lucked out getting a reservation. I had been monitoring the website for a couple of weeks, and it showed that the restaurant was booked solid for the next 8 weeks. Then randomly one afternoon, I saw a 12pm seating had opened up and i got it. So my advice is to first get on the waiting list, then keep checking the site for openings. Sometimes there are cancellations so you may luck out too!

  3. Geoff Hague February 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie! Really enjoying your blog; we’re a couple of Canadians who will be travelling through Europe this summer, and you’ve given us plenty of great info!

    A meal at The Fat Duck looks incredible, but perhaps just a bit out of our price range (maybe… still not sure). However, in your linked article, you mention Blumenthal’s new place, “Dinner”. Looks like the set lunch menu might be good bargain… any word on the early buzz for this place?

    • Katie February 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      Dinner would be a very nice substitute and you are absolutely correct, the lunch menu is relatively affordable. London actually has lots of these lunch deals at top restaurants as restaurateurs compete for the lunch crowd in central London. Prices are a steal compared to the a la carte alternative. Dinner was the hottest table in London even before it opened in late January. I called for a booking weeks before it opened and it was already booked. Now i hear it’s booked til June. I suggest booking if you can or get yourself on a waiting list. If you can’t get in there are lots of amazing restaurants in London. Two of my new faves are Cafe East in Surrey Quays and Silk Road in Camberwell, both under 20 GBP for an abundant meal!

  4. HK Epicurus February 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the heads up on how to maximise the chances of securing a table. I think next time I come by Europe, I better start looking ahead from 3 months b4, on top of getting onto the waiting list ! xD

  5. Katie February 24, 2011 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Planning ahead is a great idea. OpenTable is a great resource and usually lets you book up to 8 weeks ahead of time. You can also manage bookings from their website. It is a dream.

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