Two weeks ago we indulged our foodie tendencies and had dinner at The Fat Duck in Bray, just outside of London. The Fat Duck was voted the best restaurant in the world 3 years running and it’s been on our list of things to do since we moved here. After multiple attempts to secure a reservation and waiting patiently for two months for that reservation date to arrive we finally made it. We went big and choose the 16 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. I was unsure if we were going to feel satisfied and full with dishes like snail porridge, parsnip cereal and mango and Douglas Fir puree. We were not disappointed.
This dish was called Oak Moss and Truffle Toast. The waiter brings out this moss covered box oozing dry ice smoke and on top of it are two little mint packages. You know the type that are like little sheets of film that dissolve on your tongue. This one reminded me of home. It tasted like the smell of a forest and the truffle toast that we had after the mint was so good!
Sounds of the Sea – they brought out this dish above along with a sea shell with a little iPod shuffle tucked inside playing a recording of the seaside. You eat the stuff on top of the panel while you listen to the recording. It was really quit funny, I thought. Charles loved it because it reminded him of growing up in Santa Cruz.
This was one of the coolest things that they served and it was one of my favorite dishes. Bacon and egg ice cream! It was seriously like eating a Sunday brunch in the form of a dessert. They make the ice cream right in front of you by cracking the egg (filled with egg custard) into a dish with liquid nitrogen and it freezes with in seconds.
This was our very last dish which was a plate of petits fours. To be honest, I don’t even remember what they were. After 16 course they all start to blur together. If you want to check out the full menu click here.
Needless to say, this was a very cool experience. The food was all very good, some of it outstanding, but it was all so interesting and different. Unlike any dining experience I’ve ever had. And at the prices they charge it was most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!