Launching just as the summer season begins in earnest, the new Brasserie Menu at Harvey Nichols focuses on classic dishes and the finest seasonal ingredients and you really can’t get a better place to enjoy the tastes of summer when the sun shines.
Perched high above St Andrew’s Square, Harvey Nichols’s brasserie has always been a firm favourite of mine, with its wonderful views looking out towards Fife one way and Edinburgh Castle the other. It’s a great people watching place and with the rather lovely Secret Herb Garden Gin Terrace, there isn’t a more perfect place to spend a summer’s evening. I was in seventh heaven.
There’s plenty to tempt on the new menu from moreish snacks, appetising starters, hearty mains, meats from the grill, Harvey Nichols Classics, tempting sides and mouth-watering desserts. The new menu also features seasonal heroes, from burrata with grilled peaches and sea bass with seaweed butter to an indulgent chocolate pecan brownie. To top it off there’s a truly British cheese selection, sourced by Harvey Nichols chefs from their local cities.
A separate menu to the HN main menu, there’s also a three course menu with a cocktail served at the Forth Floor Brasserie, which is a steal at £22.
The Harvey Nichols Classics such as the timeless beef burger, superfood salad, fish and chips, chicken club sandwich and Caesar salad, that are loved by so many, are still available on every Brasserie Menu. Every Harvey Nichols Brasserie menu remains unique to its location with each chef sourcing local producers to offer guests quality ingredients sourced from around the Isles.
I couldn’t resist the summer flavours of burrata with grilled peaches and whilst the price point at £12 might make some people, when you taste the creamy, silky texture of this Italian buffalo milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream, you’ll agree with me that it is worth every penny. My dining companion indulged in the fishcakes, which she announced ‘very tasty’, but sadly I couldn’t indulge with my fish allergy.
Whilst there’s lots to tempt on HN’s menu, I was just longing for a steak and chose one of their delicious Scottish Borders rib-eye steak, sourced locally from Shaw’s Fine Meats based in Lauder, miles south of Edinburgh. It’s served simply with skinny fries and lightly dressed watercress and totally hit the spot.
My dining companion instead opted for the incredibly healthy superfood salad of grilled courgette, quinoa, baby spinach, tenderstem broccoli, avocado, edamame beans, pomegranate with a lemon dressing. It looked lovely but I definitely made the right choice and whilst she has a sylph like figure, this is why I never will.
We finished with the chocolate pecan brownie with mint-chocolate chip ice-cream but I asked for the latter to be served on the side, as I’ve never understood why someone would combine mint with chocolate, which to me is like eating toothpaste mixed with chocolate. Fortunately my dining companion rather liked these flavours so she finished mine, whilst I managed to scoff my brownie, followed by her choice of three summer fruit ices. Pure greediness but very refreshing.
All is all, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening so if you’re looking for somewhere to catch some rays, some delicious food and fantastic views, then Harvey Nichols is the place to head to.
The new Brasserie Menu is available Sunday and Monday: 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Harvey Nichols’ Forth Floor Brasserie
30-34 St Andrew Square
Tel: 0131 524 8350
Kerry ate as a guest of Harvey Nichols