At long last the wait is over: Tomorrow British chef Heston Blumenthal — of such acclaimed restaurants as the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck and the two-star Dinner — will open the doors to his very first airport restaurant. As previously reported, The Perfectionists' Café will be located at London's Heathrow Airport, part of a multibillion dollar renovation of Terminal 2.
As indicated in the initial announcement last year, the press release below confirms that the menu "takes inspiration from" Blumenthal's 2006-2007 BBC Two show In Search of Perfection. That apparently means things like burgers (£13, roughly $22), wood-fired pizza (starting at £9, roughly $15), fish and chips (£14, roughly $23), and liquid nitrogen-made ice cream (£5.95, roughly $10). The liquid nitrogen and wood-fired oven were a sticking point with Heathrow and are the result of "fraught negotiations," the Telegraph reports.
The space "harks back to the heyday and glamour of 1960's passenger flights" and seats 155. Below, a video about the design process behind the restaurant's "kinetic sculpture" and logo, plus the official press release. Take a look:
[Photo: Andy Catterall]
Video: The Knife for Heston Blumenthal
· Perfectionists' Café [Official site]
· The Knife for Heston Blumenthal [YouTube]
· Heston's Battle with Heathrow Over Liquid Nitrogen [Telegraph]
· All Heston Blumenthal Coverage on Eater [-E-]