Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, arguably one of the most revered and exclusive dining experiences in the world, is back this fall after a nine-month “vacation” in Melbourne, Australia, for an extremely popular (and expensive, at $525 per plate) pop-up dinner experience.The Fat Duck will officially reopen September 29 with a unique, almost theatrical dining experience, featuring a new $390 tasting menu with fresh culinary creations, as well as a few nostalgic favorites. The restaurant is entering its 21st year.
“Every dish at the Fat Duck has always had a story, a reason for being,” chef Blumenthal said in a statement. “I wanted to evolve more than ever before, those particular elements into a wider, more personal and connected experience for my guests. I wanted to also offer something more individual, with a tailor-made element to the menu which would combine all my discoveries thus far, of storytelling, multi-sensory, playful nostalgia and memories.”
The menu will take the form of a map, with each dish meant to call up a childhood memory. The entire dining experience will evoke a “journey” with all elements of the restaurant — the menu, the lighting, the tableware, the cutlery and the staff — joining in to “nudge” guests into experiencing “magical moments.”
Blumenthal’s iconic snail porridge will be semi-retired for now, to make room for new, as-of-yet-unnamed dishes. Tickets will be sold for reservations starting September 3.