New? Yes, it opened just last month.
Where? Project 109, Lower Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ www.harveynichols.com
First Impressions: After initially heading up to the fifth floor and being redirected back down through rails of expensive leather, artfully ripped denim and bold footwear, we found the bar to the back of the basement. Surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening, it must be more popular during the day but we were given free reign of where to sit so chose a leather banquette, tucked around the corner. Had it been busier, this would be a prime spot for people watching.
The Look: A very contemporary feel, expensive looking designer chairs are pushed up against copper tables and Wallpaper* City Guides are conveniently dotted around so you can plan your next trip to Munich as you sip a whisky sour. Then perhaps get your city break wardrobe whilst you’re there.
On the Menu: During the day you’ll find green juices and shakes served alongside an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads and brunch dishes. We’re talking eggs benedict, croissants and sandwiches including the likes of tiger prawns, roasted pepper and nasturtium and cured pastrami with gherkins and celeriac. In the evening it’s more about light bites and a smaller selection of mains, with cocktails taking centre stage.
What We Ate: We were told to go for the whole menu as the bites were relatively small. Whilst we couldn’t do that we did order the majority of it. Everything was served on four bite-sized tortillas, making them ideal to nibble on whilst drinking. Tuna tartar was beautifully fresh and garnished with radish, seabass ceviche was topped with mango and chilli and lamb neck fillet was finished with crisp sage leaves – presentation was beautiful. The winner, however, was the mac’n’ cheese – hands up one of the best we’ve tried. Gloriously cheesy and creamy with a crisp topping. We couldn’t get enough of it.
What We Drank: The cocktail menu is made up of a curated list of cocktails from the World’s 50 Best Bars so you’ll find offerings from Door 74 in Amsterdam, Little Red Door in Paris and Dry Martini in Barcelona. We went for the Toronto from Nightjar, similar to an Old Fashion but with a sweet flavour coming from maple syrup and orange blossom smoke, it’s made from Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Fernet Branca and finished with a cloud of candy floss. We also had a refreshing G&T made with Gin Mare and garnished with a sprig of thyme – a nice change to lemon.
Go With: Situated in the menswear department, it’s obviously aimed at men so take your sartorially switched-on gent.
Final Word: When you think of going for a drink in Harvey Nichols you tend to head to the Fifth Floor, perhaps it was because this was on the lower ground floor, perhaps it was because the football was on, or perhaps it was because it isn’t known that well yet – whatever the reason, it was relatively quiet on a Friday night, but we do think it’s the sort of bar you just stumble upon rather than setting out to.