London, UK (June 3, 2014) – Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, The Perfectionists’ Café, is set to open its doors tomorrow with the unveiling of the multi-billion pound new Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, at Heathrow.
The Perfectionists’ Café takes inspiration from Heston’s BBC’s In Search of Perfection television and book series in which he explored and reinvented Britain’s favorite dishes through his unique, creative approach and his endless journey to question everything.
The Perfectionists’ Café will present a selection of not only the UK’s most popular dishes, but offering the very best to the busy traveler, dishes that by their very nature are best cooked at speed. From breakfast to cocktails and beyond, The Perfectionists’ Café aims to offer fast eats.
Working with Heston is Fat Duck Group Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, and the restaurant’s Head Chef Julian O’Neill.
The venue will house Heathrow’s very first wood-burning oven where true Neapolitan pizza are specific to oven temperature. The Fish & Chips will showcase the next generation of the crunchy beer batter Heston had created for the show, originally inspired by a scientist at Leeds University whose research measured the science of crunch. How about that?
Heston’s ice cream bar will have two steel cylinders that hold liquid nitrogen, pumping it to the ice cream maker. With a subzero temperature of -196°C, the nitrogen freezes the custard so quickly that the ice crystals that form are minuscule, producing not only the fastest, but the smoothest of ice creams.
The perfectionist element running through the restaurant menu continues well into the bar. Cocktails are classics – fizzes, brambles and martinis to name just a few – but done Heston-style with premium spirits, hand-pressed juices and handcrafted infusions.
From inception, Heston and his team also worked with restaurant and hospitality design specialist, Afroditi Krassa. Krassa crafted the interior of The Perfectionists’ Café, creating a space that is rooted in nostalgia and harks back to the heyday and glamour of 1960’s passenger flights.
The terminal will eventually serve 15.8 million passengers a year and be home to the Star Alliance, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red and germanwings. For more information about Terminal 2, please go to: heathrowairport.com. For the Perfectionists’ Cafe, please go to: theperfectionistscafe.com