Harvey Nichols isn’t somewhere I spend a lot of time, I like to browse the beauty counters and treat myself for a special occasion but I’ll be honest, on a day to day basis it’s pretty much out of my price range.And that’s exactly what I thought about the Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar & Brasserie. I guess I had an assumption it would be completely overpriced but after going for a girls night with one of best friends for our birthdays I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We went to try out the winter dining menu & were so impressed, the 3 course set menu plus a cocktail was only £22, an incredible price for the quality of food and luxurious dining environment.
The restaurant itself was so beautiful, really elegant without being intimidating. Intimidating isn’t a word normally used to describe a restaurant but when you’re used to dining out with kids you kind of forget what it’s like to treat yourself to a meal in a ‘proper’ restaurant.
The decor was stunning, really simple in the scheme but just oozed luxury with the leather seating, the stunning overhead lights dimmed and the beautiful artwork & flower arrangements.
We went in the early evening for the Winter Dining Menu so it was getting dark outside which gave a beautiful atmosphere due to the huge windows overlooking Exchange Square.
As it got the darker, the view improved with all the buildings beautifully lit up. We had an amazing table for two sat directly at the floor to ceiling windows. It gave a really intimate feeling to the table as the seating arrangement meant that you had your own space. You were not overcrowded at all and couldn’t hear the other diners chatting. We were able to sit & chat and just enjoy being out.
The Winter Dining Menu itself just sounded incredible, it was a thee course menu plus a cocktail for only £22 which is an incredible price, especially for the standard of food. We just couldn’t decide what we wanted and took ages, but the waiting staff were great. They let us take our time & talked us through the menu, giving us their recommendations.
We had our cocktail whilst we were deciding on the food. It was specially designed to compliment the winter menu, a gorgeous gin based bramble cocktail. Unfortunately I couldn’t have alcohol because of the medication I’m currently taking for my spinal injury but the bar staff created me a non alcoholic version. I thought I was going to be given what is essentially a fruit juice but not at all. There was fresh juices in the drink including freshly squeezed bramble flavours. I did not miss the alcohol at all with this cocktail, I’ve never had anything like it.
The food itself was so good, we both enjoyed every bit of it.
To start I had the scallops, which were perfectly cooked. Seared well on the outside and delicate on the inside. I didn’t eat the black pudding as it’s not my thing but the cauliflower & pancetta complimented it so well. It was nice to have scallops that didn’t come with peas for a change. Emma had the gin cured salmon and was equally impressed how it was served with the strips of rhubarb and the delicious ginger sauce.
After spending ages debating what to have for our mains
I finally settled on the steak even though I was a little worried about the mustard seed dressing. I was hoping it wasn’t going to be too strong and overpower the meal and it was perfect. The flat iron steak was cooked medium to well, just how I asked for it and the mustard seed dressing was nice and light. Emma really enjoyed her beef and the hassle back potatoes looked amazing, I was a little jealous that I had fries with my meal!
Dessert was the one course that didn’t need much thought
Straight away we both said we were going to have the profiteroles, especially as they came in a trio of milk, dark & white chocolate profiteroles with a clementine sauce, and we were not disappointed. In fact there were more than a few oohh & ummms that were coming from out table! They were absolutely incredible, filled with a gorgeous chocolate mouse rather than the usual cream and perfectly complimented with the sauce. I don’t think either us utter a word until we’d demolished the lot.
We had the best night, it was the perfect way to spend our birthday evening. Sat in such gorgeous surroundings, catching up over a delicious meal. The atmosphere was just what we needed for a chilled night out, an evening where could get dressed up, leave the kids at home with dad and have a much needed girl’s night out. I’ll definitely be going back to Harvey Nichols, I might even take the hubby next time.
You can book your table online at the Harvey Nichols Brasserie
The Prix Fixe menu launches on the 1st March, 2 courses for £18 3 courses for £22