The Handbook Reviews the Menu Deluxe at Harrods

Harrods have given the Midas touch to their menu with the introduction of the Menu Deluxe. Using the most luxurious and premium ingredients, the menu which is spread across eight of the restaurants on three floors, is everything you would expect from a menu designed by Harrods pulling out all the stops. It’s decadent, exclusive and priced at £100 a dish, but after our recent visit, we can say worth every penny.

On Wednesday evening, we escaped the heat of Knightsbridge and pulled up a pew at the Bentley’s Sea Grill on the first floor. Their offering to the menu is a huge platter of mixed grilled seafood, consisting of scallops, tiger prawns, half a lobster, cod, turbot, sea bass, asparagus and lemon aioli. And it was heaven.

The first thing we noticed was how wonderfully seasoned everything was, in fact we didn’t reach for the salt or pepper once, removing the chance of any embarrassment of the chef glaring daggers for covering their dish with salt.

But salt aside, it was beautifully presented, a myriad of colours and textures set on seaweed and samphire upon a silver platter, to look at alone it was fantastically indulgent.  The aioli had a light lemon tang which perfectly complimented the turbot and sea bass and we hastily got through the pot. The scallops were creamy with a hint of seaweed to them, the lobster was beautifully cooked, very melt in the mouth. The batter on the cod, was light and crispy, not at all stodgy or heavy, which when you have this much food is key! In fact the humble cod, was a real winner for us alongside the scallops and lobster.

If it seems like a seafood overload, think again, yes there is a lot of food, this platter is designed for sharing after all, but if you feel as if you should order chips or salad, we think it’s not necessary. Just go all out and really indulge in the seafood, the different flavours and textures, and you can always do as we did and eat the asparagus and samphire if you feel like you need some variety.

As we were informed by the lovely waiter, we were two of hundreds of who have ordered the seafood dish, highlighting its popularity and rightly so.

We then somehow found room to sample the only pudding on the menu, which is served on the second floor in the Godiva Chocolate Cafe. It’s Harrods’ gold bullion, made from layers of chocolate cream, raspberry confit, chocolate sponge, encased in chocolate and covered in 24 kt gold leaf. Decorated with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, lychees, redcurrants and strawberries dipped in melted chocolate and presented on a tray with swirling ice, (the photos don't do it enough justice). It looked magical, sultry almost.

This is definitely a grown up puddings, it’s gives you the chocolate hit without being sickly sweet, and the layer of raspberry confit running throughout breaks up the chocolate a little, so it’s not a chocolate overload.  It’s devilishly good.

Other dishes include a pizza with tiger prawns and camel meatballs, Wagyu beef and foie gras burgers and a mezze platter, it is a tough choice to make, but we can highly recommend the seafood and of course the pudding.

With the Menue Deluxe Harrods is proving it is still at the top of its game for luxury.

Available until September 14th

www.harrods.com

 

 

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