The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 23rd October 2014

This Alpine-style restaurant on the roof of Selfridges is the second of the store's new 'On The Roof With…' residencies following 'On the Roof with Q' this summer. The wintry retreat promises an Alpine inspired barbeque menu, crab and shellfish bar, log cabin on the terrace plus a hot chocolate cocktail bar to stave off those winter chills. Make ours a 'choctail' like Nutella – hazelnut with amaretto and hot chocolate.

The kitchen, headed up by Chris Dargavel will serve a menu inspired by Le Chalet’s sister restaurant, Q Grill with hearty dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal produce. Starters include Cornish crab served with pickled celeriac and Colman’s mustard, Peppered tuna with wasabi avocado, and Endive and pear salad with shaved pecorino and hazelnuts.

Mains come in the shape of Spit roasted suckling pig with apple and black pudding fritters, Buttermilk crispy chicken with blue cheese fondue and Lobster macaroni while sides include Roasted roots with honey and thyme and Broccoli with chilli and garlic. Desserts created by pastry chef Siobhan Ambrose are all about Eggnog snow egg, Apple streudel and custard, Black forest cheesecake and Brandy and vanilla rice pudding.

Taking its design cue from the traditional ski chalet, decor features wintry ferns and romantic lighting entwined with the branches of trees. Oh yes and there’s also an Après-Ski Menu from New Yorker Cindy Palusamy’s The Juicery health brand serving the likes of Superfood hot chocolate, Espresso maca and Superpower espresso shots. And while we’re not quite sure about the actual health benefits, we’ll happily give them a whirl.