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• A final tribute to BEETS, London, and The Fat Duck. •
To honor the Michelin Guide 2017 UK list. I wanted to end this Taste series (for now) on my favorite restaurant. Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck continues to be the restaurant experience to which all others are compared, even now as I've had the opportunity to eat at so many other places since. I've had a few perfect dinners. My very first Alinea dinner. Le Cinq. The Ledbury. Chef's Table. Blue Hill. But there are few restaurants that transcend the dining experience to become a deeply personal and emotional one. Before we ever stepped foot in the restaurant, Heston's team contacted us and got to know us. The journey was catered to us. Clever touches of personalization peppered throughout our tasting, it was an elegant experience that lacked the uncomfortable pretentiousness that can often cloud an otherwise enjoyable 3-star dinner.
The concept of the dinner at The Fat Duck is to take you through a wonderland of discovery, with connections to childhood and escape. As such, a natural bridge to personal memories can be created for any guest fortunate enough to dine here. Damping Through The Boroughgroves, though a signature dish at The Fat Duck, was presented to us as part of this larger story and in a way that evoked memories of our honeymoon. Elements of beetroot, porcini, truffle, and black currant combined to create a harmony of the senses. My wife doesn't even like beets, but she hardly noticed. I think the reason this dinner affected me more than any other is because it was more than just a dinner. Just as the best stories are the ones that touch a part of you, that present ideas to which you can relate, The Fat Duck strives to be that best story, one that speaks to just you, even as it speaks to everyone around you. And in that relatability, you are united with so many others who have also shared in something deeply personal.
I've enjoyed sharing these tastes with you. It'll be back, but for now, let's get back to sharing some restaurant notes. Next week, we'll start with Atlanta.