Heston to open at Heathrow
PUBLISHED: 15:21 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:21 17 March 2014
Bray maestro plans fun and familiar menu for Terminal Two
If you enjoy Heston Blumenthal’s treats at Bray and are flying abroad this year, look out for The Perfectionists’ Café at Heathrow’s newly redeveloped Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, from June.
For the past 18 months Heston and his team, led by Group Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts and Head Chef Julian O’Neill, have been studying the menu needs of people using an airport.
“The demands of an airport outlet are quite different from our other restaurants,” Heston explains. “Some guests will have very little time to spend with us and others, in transit or with longer check-ins, will have time to linger. The restaurant will of course cater to both, but we want to deliver food that is fun and familiar – food that is stimulating to the palate and at the same time easy to enjoy.”
The Perfectionists’ Café will cater to travellers who want exceptional food, quickly, with café signage in the form of a large mechanical clockwork knife.
Inspired by the ‘In Search of Perfection’ TV series based on Heston’s years of research and development work, the menu at The Perfectionists’ Café will celebrate some of Britain’s favourite dishes and embrace the eccentricity of Great British invention. For example, the burgers will be made by grinding all the meat grains in the same direction to maximise the juiciness of the meat. Traditional Fish & Chips will be served with the ultimate crunchy batter, and pizzas will be cooked in the first ever wood burning oven in an airport.
The concept of The Perfectionists’ Café will be nostalgic and hark back to the heyday of 1960’s passenger flights, when air travel was deemed glamorous and travellers dressed in their best to fly.