Dining above a retail store doesn’t usually seem very appealing, however this store is home to some of the worlds most prestigious labels. Not only does Harvey Nichols cater for the fashion enthusiasts but it caters for food lovers in the distinctively trendy Fourth Floor Cafe. I have often thought about dining here, however due to location, it isn’t one of those restaurants that I remember; it was however well worth my while!
Entering the deserted store through the side entrance I entered the lift to the fourth floor and was almost immediately ambushed with the thriving atmosphere of Yo Sushi. The cafe, located at the very back was just as I expected; chic, sophisticated but with a rather surprising trendy yet industrial feel. My guest and I were shown to our table over looking the city and studied the carefully selected menu. The staff were very attentive and helpful offering some fantastic cocktail recommendations. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique cocktail menu which was designed by members off the team. Printed next to each cocktail was the name of the mixlogist, giving it the extra personal touch. The ‘Blooming Passionate’ and ‘Up Knob Creek’ went down a treat!
Selecting a starter and main course from this menu was very difficult, there were plenty of choices all of which were very reasonably priced. There was the choice of an a la carte menu or a set two (£20) or three course (£25) meal. We settled on a mixture of dishes from both menus starting with the crab with tomato jelly and confit salmon and brassicas, both of which were bursting with an array of mouthwatering flavours and textures. To follow, we went for the rib eye steak and boursin an spinach stuffed chicken thighs wrapped in pancetta acompanied by crushed jersey royals and hand cut chips. The steak was cooked to perfection and the crushed potatoes had a scrumptious taste of garlic…..shame this wasn’t also my dish as I couldn’t leave them alone! I tucked into the stuffed chicken, which was divine. The rather unique presentation of this dish caught my eye and the tender chicken just wasn’t enough….I wanted more! To accompany the mains the waitress and the chef both recommended a
bottle of Chablis to compliment both the chicken and the steak; the crisp and fresh taste was the perfect choice for our dishes.
We couldn’t off course go without a dessert and as I studied the dessert menu before I decided on my main I already knew what I would be indulging in; pear apple and vanilla tart with ice cream. My guest choose the mango panacotta. Both desserts were exquisite with neither of us wanting them to end!
To end a delicious meal and check out the surroundings we ventured into the bar area and asked for two cocktails of their choice, both of which were designed by our waitress; Lois. The perfect end to a perfect evening at the Fourth Floor Cafe.
Overall, the meal was delicious, very reasonable with fantastic knowledgeable staff which is often hard to come by. More importantly the atmosphere thrived with a great energy, which I think really adds the extra dimension to an evening out.
To book a table and for more information visit the website here.