Heston Blumenthal's Dinner named no. 5 in best restaurants in the world

Heston Blumenthal's Dinner has been named the fifth best restaurant in the world, moving up two notches since last year.

The good news comes for the award-winning restaurant in the swanky Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge from the 50 best restaurants in the world, a list considered by some as one of the highlights of the global gastronomic calendar.

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Heston, famous for using science to whip up unusual culinary delights, recreates British food history in Dinner, whose signature dishes include Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake.

Other culinary delights include starters such as Salamugundy, which dates back to 1720 and consists of chicken oysters, salsify, marrow bone & horseradish cream and comes with a price tag of £17.50: Mains look something like a Fillet of Aberdeen Angus (dating back to 1830), served with mushroom ketchup & triple cooked chips, at £42.00.

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Desserts won't be disappointing either. The uniquely named Baked Sussex Pond Pudding dates back to 1670 – Lemon caramel, Tahitian vanilla ice cream & apple blossom – and costs £12.50.

The British foodie celebrations don't end there. London restaurant, The Ledbury, climbed three places to number ten – making it the first time two British restaurants are named in the top 10 of the coveted list, which has emerged as an upstart rival to the Michelin rankings.

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The "understated west London restaurant", as it's referred to on the list's website, is "discreet, welcoming but quietly outstanding" and run by Australian-born chef Brett Graham.

Tucked away in a corner of west London's fashionable Notting Hill neighbourhood, the laid-back eatery boasting two Michelin stars offers modern French cuisine. Expect to tuck into the likes of Loin of roe deer baked in Douglas fir with white beetroot, blackcurrants and smoked bone marrow.

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A tasting menu served from Monday to Thursday offering four courses costs £90.00.

While Britain celebrates its foodie fame, the big winner is Copenhagen's Noma, which has returned to take the crown as the world's best restaurant after being pipped to the post last year by Spanish rival El Celler de Can Roca.


Before then, the famous Danish restaurant had held the number one title for three years.

The restaurant, headed by chef René Redzepi, is situated in a dockside warehouse and seats just 45 guests at any one time. It is famous for its focus on reinvented, seasonal Scandinavian cuisine and has welcomed guests including the American President, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and award-winning director and actor, Clint Eastwood.

The top 10 according to The World's 50 Best Restaurants

1 Noma Copenhagen, Denmark

2 El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain

3 Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy

4 Eleven Madison Park New York, US

5 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK

6 Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain

7 DOM São Paulo, Brazil

8 Arzak San Sebastián, Spain

9 Alinea Chicago, US

10 The Ledbury London,UK

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