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360-Degree VR Video Takes You Inside Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck Australia

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Scoring seats to the Fat Duck's Australia pop-up last year was not an easy task: 250,000 people requested tickets, and only 14,000 of those actually got to dine at the hallowed restaurant's six-month run in Melbourne. But those who missed out can now get a tiny taste of what they missed thanks to a new 360-degree video, as Mashable reports.

A new 360 VR video mobile app from Australian broadcaster SBS takes viewers along with Blumenthal on a four-minute tour of the restaurant, from a giant Alice in Wonderland-esque clock and unique mural that adorn the walls to inside the kitchen where cooks are hard at work. (Fun fact: More than seven tons of equipment was shipped from the UK to Australia for the half-a-year-long pop-up restaurant.)

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

The app can be used in conjunction with Google Cardboard for a more immersive VR experience, but at least according to Mashable, the viewing experience is actually better without it. Sadly, virtual reality technology is not yet advanced enough to give folks viewing at home an actual taste of Blumenthal's famed dishes like the labor-intensive Meat Fruit — no matter what tech companies try to fool you into believing today, April 1.

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