IN COLLABORATION WITH HARVEY NICHOLS
Harvey Nichols came to Bristol 10 years ago, and to my shame I have never dined there. The food hall is my usual haunt, full of fine foods and tempting treats. So when Dan and I were invited to visit the restaurant to try their new Winter menu, we were excited to see what the dishes would be like.
I grew up watching Absolutely Fabulous, and remember Edina and Patsy regularly popping into Harvey Nicks for some more Bolly. Sadly there were no Eddie and Patsy at the bar, instead we walked into a very glamorous restaurant, with gold sofa’s and soft furnishings. The kind of place where that the producers of Mad Men would have staged a business lunch.
Sitting next to the window we felt relaxed and marvelled at how chilled and spacious it all was. The couple sat on the table next to us said they sat at our table on their first visit. They come every couple of months for lunch.
So what was on the menu?
The new Winter set menu is two courses & a cocktail for £18 or three courses & a cocktail for £22 – which I thought was excellent value. Example menu can be found here.
For starter Dan chose the ham hock croquette with poached egg and caper sauce, whilst I opted for the pear, walnut & celeriac salad with blue cheese.
My salad was light and fresh, and just the right blue cheese to pear ratio. Dan was delighted with his golden yolked egg, and the ham hock was tender.
For mains we chose, roast leg of guinea fowl, with braised savoy cabbage, puy lentils and dijon mustard, whilst I opted for the vegetarian option again and had the tamarind spiced chickpeas, coconut rice and feta and mint parcels.
Needless to say we wolfed these dishes down with gusto. Dan loved his sauce and the guinea fowl perfectly cooked. I realised that my eyes were to big for my belly, and thought I could eat my side of coconut roasted parsnips, but failed miserably. It was all so good.
Our lunch at Harvey Nichols was a wonderful Friday date. A chance to relax in glamorous surroundings and to eat utterly delicious and fresh food. And even though we are in dry January – I can see that have a cocktail with it would have been so special.
Harvey Nichols Restaurant
27 Philadelphia Street
Bookings – visit their website
Collaboration Note: This post was in collaboration with Harvey Nichols restaurant. Although we weren’t paid for the review, we were given lunch in return for this blog post. Thank you for supporting our partners!