The Harvey Nichols Restaurant knows how to create a delicious menu that showcases beautiful ingredients through well-flavoured and stylish dishes.
We went along to the luxury store situated in the heart of the Mailbox to try out its latest seasonal menu. The restaurant launched its brand new offer on Monday which includes three courses and a cocktail for just £22 – who could say no to that?
The menu boasts a variety of options that cater for both meat-eaters and vegetarians and can also be adapted to a vegan diet. We started our meal off with our cocktails; two are available on the Wine, Dine and Sunshine offer, I opted for the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz, with Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur finished with a squeeze of fresh lime, which was beautifully refreshing on a rather warm day in the city.
Next came the difficult part – selecting our food. Kicking things off with the starters, I tucked into the Ham hock salad with shallots, spring onion and chicory; the chicory and shallots maintained a fresh crunch and were a superb accompaniment to the generous portion of ham hock. The second started, a prawn and crab ceviche with wasabi avocado, lime crème fraîche, was beautifully presented and the epitome of a very summery dish.
Moving onto the main course, we had plenty of time to sip on our refreshing cocktails and relax before two portions of duck and the fish option were placed in front of us. We went all out and ordered sides too, don’t shy away from the purple sprouting with sesame oil it’s a great addition to any of the main courses. Our Confit duck egg served with baby beetroot, garlic purée was stunning to look at; the duck was cooked well, seasoned well and worked in harmony with the different textures of beetroot and purée with a subtle hint garlic running through it.
We also tried out the Tandoori-spiced fish with Bombay potatoes and pineapple salsa. The fish was perfectly cooked, delicate, covered in a light coating of tandoori batter and simply flaked apart. But it was the pineapple salsa that really made this dish come to life and whilst many don’t enjoy the combination of savoury with sharp fruit, for me, it made the dish shine and most importantly didn’t overpower the fish.
No meal is complete without a dessert and with three tempting options to chose from, we were left spoilt for choice. After much deliberation, we selected the Steamed chocolate sponge with a chocolate ganache and cherries (v) which went down a treat and the Lemon ice cream with raspberry marshmallows, lemon sherbert – an ideal palette cleaners that packed a punch with zingy citrus flavour balanced out with the homemade marshmallow. And if you want to get into the spirit of Wimbledon, there’s also Pimm’s jelly, strawberries and mint and cucumber sorbet.
Running until Thursday August 21, the Wine, Dine and Sunshine offer is worth every penny. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to grab lunch that won’t break the bank, we suggest you take a trip to Harvey Nichols.
The Summer Dining Menu is available on Sundays from 12pm-10pm; Mondays from 12pm-7pm; and Tuesdays to Fridays, from 12pm-10pm. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 0121 616 6028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book online at harveynichols.com. *Terms and Conditions apply. Want to know more about Harvey Nichols Birmingham? Click here!