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Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Bray, tasting lunch

Menu from a lunch at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Bray, (I was in the kitchen observing service and trying the food “at the pass”) where a choice of wine flights were available for each course:

Nitro poached aperitifs in vodka and lime sour, gin and tonic, Campari soda

Red cabbage gazpacho, pommery grain mustard ice cream

Jelly of quail, crayfish cream, chicken liver parfait, oak moss and truffle toast

Güney Sevilen 900 fumé blanc 2009, Denizli, Turkey


Lucien le Moine Bourgogne 2006, Burgundy, France

Snail porridge, Iberico Bellota ham, shaved fennel

Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala 2008, Umbria, Italy


Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2006, Burgundy, France

Roast foie gras, barberry, braised kombu and crab biscuit

Rene Mure Signature Pinot Gris 2010, Alsace, France


Prophet’s Rock pinot gris 2010, Central Otago, New Zealand

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (c.1850), Mock Turtle soup, pocket watch and toast sandwich

“Sound of the sea”

Miyasaka Brewery DaiGinjo Masumi Nanago, Nagano prefecture, Japan

Salmon poached in a liquorice gel, asparagus, vanilla mayonnaise and golden trout roe

Allegrini La Grola Veronese 2008, Veneto, Italy


Quinta Vale das Escadinhas Quinta de Falorca Dão 2004, Terras do Dão, Portugal

Lamb with cucumber (c.1805), onion and dill fluid gel

Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2006, Tuscany, Italy


Château la Croix Toulifaut 2001, Bordeaux, France

Hot and iced tea

Macerated strawberries, olive oil biscuit, chamomile, coriander, jelly and ice cream cornet

Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria 2008, Sicily, Italy


Château d’Yquem 1er cru classe supérieur Sauternes 1996, Bordeaux, France

The “BFG”, Kirsch ice cream and the smell of the Black Forest

Alta Alella Dolç Mataró Alella 2009, Catalunya, Spain

Whisk(e)y wine gums

“Like a kid in a sweet shop”

A few dashed Blackberry photographs are available on the In Pursuit of Food Facebook page.

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Qin Xie
Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef. When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN. Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014. According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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