It was my husband’s brithday yesterday and I really wanted it to be special for him, as I’ve never been very good with his presents and surprises. So I made him breakfast, gave him presents (leather across-body bag and a Zara cardigan that he really liked), we watched a film and then in the afternoon got ready to hit the town.
He didn’t know where we were going - it was all a surprise! I told him that we were going for a drink to one place and then we would move somewhere else to eat. I managed to keep him off guard when we got to Knightsbridge and he realised that we were going to Mandarin Oriental bar.
He was positively surprised and when we finished our drinks, we got up and I told him I would pay at the bar so he could see the entrance to Dinner. We walked towards it, admiring the decor and then I just told the maître d’ that we’ve got a table booked. He was shocked but he was very pleased :-)
The atmosphere, the food and the experience were truly amazing - I’m so glad we went there. It felt like being blindfolded at times as we weren’t sure what to expect from the food we had on our plates!
We of course had to try the famous Meat Fruit (delicious!)…
And Broth of Lamb with veal sweetbreads…
Spiced Pigeon for my main course…
…and the amazing Tipsy Cake with spit roast pineapple (that was probably the most delicious cake I’ve EVER eaten!)
We also had Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream (delicious and so wacky!)
And complimentary chocolate ganache infused with Earl Grey tea
After dinner we also went out to Bar Boulud (also at Mandarin Oriental) for one last drink. Before heading home we had a quick walk around Knigthsbridge, had a look at Harrods and the neighbourhood.
In summary, I’m so glad we did all of this, not sure who was more excited about the whole thing - the birthday boy or me…? ;-)