Review – The Salad Kitchen;
The iconic department store Harrods isn’t commensurate with ‘healthy eating’ in my mind. Rather, somewhere to shop till you drop and then enjoy a decadent afternoon tea with more cakes than any human can possibly consume. But, on the fourth floor, lurking in ‘Fashion’, the Salad Kitchen is perfectly sited to attract those fabulously frightning size zero ladies who frequent the aisles looking for their next outfit.
Anyway, I’m supposed to be keeping to a healthy diet – so I was delighted to be invited along to review. Starting, of course with a champagne cocktail – twinkle – which is champagne, vodka and elderflower syrup.
Meanwhile, we’d been offered some baba ghanoush with home made lavash to nibble on. It’s a wonderful, smoky aubergine dip, which here was nicely complemented by the crisp, salty lavash and a few pomegranate seeds. Very delicious and moreish it was polished off quickly.
I ordered the yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado, crostini and wasabi to start. Stunningly presented, this was a pretty morsel of food that could have graced any michelin restaurant table
My companion’s home made Loch Fyne salmon gravadlax had a citrus cure. We asked, expecting to be told that there was vodka or gin in the cure, but in fact the recipe is made entirely using orange and lemon juices to ensure it is suitable for those guests who don’t consume alcohol. Served with fennel and orange this was delicate, refreshing and light.
Mains are a kind of mix and match of salad and grilled meat or fish which is cooked using a special Japanese grill called a Robata which should just slightly ‘smoke’ the food.
I picked the healthy sounding warm salad of grilled courgette, butternut squash, broccolini, sunblush tomato, coriander and lime and then topped it with a rather naughty portion of Black Angus beef tenderloin.
He paired the scallops with roasted sweet potato, jerusalem artichoke, shitake mushrooms and thyme vinaigrette. The mains are priced by the cost of the base salad at £18 or £19, with my beef carrying a £3 premium.
We went on to enjoy desserts. My passion fruit and mango meringue was delicious – the light meringue was crisp on the outside and just slightly sticky inside.
The trio of flourless chocolate desserts was just a little disappointing – perhaps because everything up till then had been immaculate, the rather liquid mousse added little to the dish.
While this isn’t the cheapest place to enjoy lunch or an early evening meal, everything was beautifully fresh, for the most part presented immaculately, full of flavour and obviously healthy without being in the least bit unappetising. Perfectly positioned for the shoppers in this part of the store. There’s a small but not limited wine list, with reasonable options for wine by the glass starting at £6. The cocktail list is similarly compact, with four champagne cocktails, 4 signature cocktails and four non-alcoholic options. If you just want a glass of fizz and some nibbles, there are some great options, including the baba ghanoush we enjoyed at £6.00 or if you are feeling flush, caviar with blinis and traditional garnishes for £60.
The Salad Kitchen is open till from 10am to 8pm every day except Sunday, when it opens at 11am and closes at 6pm
The Salad Kitchen
87-135 Brompton Road
London, SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom