Harvey Nichols, overlooking Edinburgh’s St Andrews Square, offers much more than designer shopping. On their “Forth Floor” you have the choice of drinks in their stylish bar, where the back window has excellent views across the Firth of Forth. The bar is a genuinely stylish spot to enjoy some of the renowned Harvey Nichols cocktails. Many weary shoppers seek solace in the brasserie and this is always a popular spot. Rounding up the Forth Floor options, is the more accomplished menu of the Forth Floor restaurant.
The Forth Floor Restaurant menu offers two courses for Â£28 or three for Â£34. I enjoyed all three courses starting with an excellent Aberdeen Angus beef salad, complete with Scotch quail egg and a perfect mustard foam. My fillet of seabass for main was simplicity itself, but a good testimony to quality ingredients. However, I was grateful for the earlier bread as this dish really was quite small. There was nothing overly fancy about my dining partner’s pot roast corn fed chicken with wild sorrel risotto either, but it was an accomplished offering. The dark chocolate mousse cake with apricot sorbet was very good indeed - definitely make sure you leave room for dessert as the Forth Floor restaurant seem to excel here.
The service at Harvey Nichols was okay, but nothing more than that; infact it was a struggle to attract anyone’s attention at times. Regular readers of the blog will note my dislike of waiting staff who can stand and scan the whole dining room, but fail to make eye contact or acknowledge their customers. The staff had largely perfected this technique when we visited for our Saturday lunch. For a restaurant charging comparable prices to the Michelin starred establishments in Edinburgh (e.g. lunch is less than Â£25 at The Kitchin), this is disappointing and unacceptable. Perhaps they are relying on customers to be too distracted by the view!
The food at The Forth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols is good, but for the price I would expect amazing food and excellent service. However the hefty price tag is compensated by the superb views from the floor to ceiling glass windows. Although the Brasserie offers the same great views of the city centre and Firth of Forth at a fraction of the price. If the weather is good it’s definitely worth enquiring about a table on their outside terrace.
Forth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols is located at 30-34 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD.
Telephone: 0131 524 8388