Harvey Nichols Birmingham is teaming up with much-lauded chef Louisa Ellis for a one night only restaurant takeover next month.
The MasterChef: The Professionals finalist will bring her innovative style to the luxury store’s Brasserie on Sunday August 5 as part of the Taste of the Mailbox celebrations.
The menu for the evening is called ‘Hadaka’, a Japanese word meaning ‘naked’ or ‘bare’. Mixing exciting flavours from the Far East with the finest British ingredients, Louisa will be demonstrating how every element of each dish should be equally important with nowhere to hide.
Louisa, who now runs her own private chef business, explains:
I want diners to enjoy a real feast; one that will leave them with smiles on their faces. I have been experimenting with some new ingredients and flavours and I am really excited for people to try them.
To ensure guests on the evening enjoy Louisa’s food at its best, places will be strictly limited to just 50 diners over five sittings, with tables available from 6.30pm.
The five-course menu is priced at £75 or £110 to include hand-selected Sake and Japanese drinks pairing and there is a vegetarian selection available. Eight lucky diners can also enjoy the Chef’s Table experience with Louisa for a £25 supplement.
Dishes will feature some unusual additions guests won’t normally associate with an evening eating out in Birmingham. The talented young chef, who trained at Adam’s Restaurant before moving to The Wilderness, says of one recipe:
I’ll be using my favourite ingredient in the whole world – Yuzu. It’s like a mix between grapefruit and lime and I used it on MasterChef: The Professionals for my Banana Heaven; the judges loved it so much there wasn’t a crumb left.