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Christmas dining in style.
The Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Café and Terrace, designed by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is situated on the top of the Knightsbridge flagship store alongside its famed food hall.
With the festive season now in full flow and shopping high on the priority list, Harvey Nichols is the perfect stylish destination with everything you need all under one roof, and, after a long day, footsore from retail therapy what better way treat yourself than by heading up to their elegant Fifth Floor Café for a leisurely lunch or dinner.
In the spirit of Christmas, The Fifth Floor Café has put together a delicious 3-course festive menu, which features nine dishes that champion Christmas classics including duck, turkey and Christmas pudding, served with all the trimmings. Plus there is a fish and vegetarian option.
The café itself is prettily lit by a fine array of fairy lights with a central tree and opens onto the store with a clear view of the open plan kitchen and the bar, there’s access to the outdoor terrace which, although a little chilly at this time of year has a stunning view of the city below, and is well worth checking out.
The atmosphere was really buzzy when we arrived and the staff were warm and friendly and made us feel very welcome. We were talked through the wine menu and opted for a bottle of Alain Geoffroy Petit Chablis ’18, a dry mineral wine, soft and buttery with almond and peach notes, which paired well with our meal.
Tempted by all on offer we decide to share our two dishes. We ate an exceptional dish of tender slices of cured duck served on a crunchy winter slaw with sweet nuggets of cranberry, nutty slithers of pecorino with parsnips crisps and a sweet soya sauce.
The charred mackerel was beautiful light, with creamy dots of buttermilk, offset by juicy beetroot, and some crisp herb crackers. There was also a veggie option of spinach and ricotta tortellini with a chanterelle and mushroom broth.
For The Main Event:
My turkey breast was succulent and delicious, it was served with some mellow hispi cabbage and a rich and tasty slice of stuffing with of burnt celeriac purée.
My friend was equally impressed by her sea bass, which she described as fresh, flaky and cooked to perfection, and beautifully balanced by small chunks of caramelised sweet corn, shemili mushrooms, Jerusalem artichoke all set off by a lovely nutty beurre noisette.
Harvey Nichols has created three indulgent desserts: a traditional Christmas pudding, pumpkin, and white-chocolate tart and a vanilla panna cotta.
We shared the mouth-watering Christmas pudd, which was springy and moist and bursting with juicy fruits served with a velvety brandy crème anglaise and fresh cranberries. The panna cotta was one of the best I’ve ever tasted – it was beautifully light, fresh and creamy topped with sweet poached quince and champagne jelly.
The Fifth Floor Café is doing a fantastic festive deal with a three-course meal for £33 from now until Christmas. We certainly enjoyed a lovely relaxed evening with exquisitely prepared food, great wine and excellent service. It was a very special way to kick of the festive season and filled us with Christmas cheer!
The Christmas Menu is now available for £33 per person in the Fifth Floor Café at Knightsbridge until Tuesday 24th December 2019 and in Harvey Nichols hospitality sites including Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds and Dublin.
The Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Café
London SW1X 7RJ
We are a big fan of the restaurants and bars managed by the Harvey Nichols group and also recommend the Oxo Tower Brasserie and the Oxo Tower Restaurant both of which offer great British food at a reasonable price and with a fantastic view across the River.