Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor

夏菲尼高四樓

4/F Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central 中環德輔道中12-16號置地廣場 Harvey Nichols 4 樓 +852 3695 3389 http://blog.harveynichols.com.hk

Rating

Date of review

Jan 13, 2014

Cuisine

European

Location

Central

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Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor
4/F Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Overview

  • Dress Code

    Smart casual

  • Lunch hours

    Mon to Sat, 12:00 noon -2:30 pm

  • Dinner hours

    Mon to Sat, 7:00 pm -10:30 pm

  • Corkage

    $300/bottle

  • Reservation

    Yes

  • Buffet

    No

  • Private Room

    No

  • Accept Credit Card

    Yes

  • Smoking Area

    No

Signature Dishes

  • Foie gras terrine with pumpkin souffle, scallop & vegetables

    法國鴨肝凍批伴南瓜梳乎里,焦糖帶子及脆菜片

  • Butter poached lobster and steamed sea bass with ozetto pasta

    牛油浸龍蝦及海鱸魚,伴意大利米型粉及海鮮泡汁

  • Pan-fried US prime beef tenderloin and caramelised foie gras

    香煎美國牛柳及焦糖鴨肝,伴炒黃油菌、法國薯及露筍

Review

Setting

Few realise that the glitzy Harvey Nichols department store, ensconced within the Landmark, has its own eponymous restaurant on the titular fourth floor. Décor is decidedly contemporary with a slight modern art finish, as the angular shapes in shades of red, blue and yellow across the ceiling suggest. The room is lengthy, with tables down either side, but while there are windows along the right the effect is less airy than expected, especially when the blinds are drawn to keep out direct sunlight. Without much soft furnishings, the restaurant tends to get quite noisy, particularly during the lunch hour rush when office workers fill the seats to talk both shop and business. 

Food

A contemporary menu with strong European influences gives this restaurant a stylish edge, and the more health conscious diner will find delight in dishes that have a lighter approach. The beef consommé, for example, with its petite diced vegetables and cubes of tender meat, is comforting enough for cooler days, and refreshing enough for warmer weather. A touch more seasoning would make this a standout dish. As for the rest of the menu, there is an equal split between seafood dishes and meat dishes, and we certainly felt that the former offers a more consistent dining experience. The signature butter-poached lobster and steamed sea bass is served with bright pops of colour from salmon roe and delicate microherbs, and we enjoy the al dente texture of the slippery orzo pasta upon which the seafood rested. However, roasted Australian lamb rack with potato gratin and aubergine roll with garlic confit and cherry tomatoes was not exactly successful, with the lamb on the drier side, and the vegetables tasting rather bland. Desserts are definitely on the pretty side, and the combinations are certainly tempting: nougat with the unusual addition of mandarin, for example, or almond chiboust with peach almond sauce and cherry confit. Our strawberry mousse cake with coconut marshmallow brings together the English countryside and the tropics in a border-crossing dessert.

Wine

You can order Harvey Nichols’ own branded champagne and wines, though the rest of the list is pretty impressive in its breadth and variety, with plenty of choice within all the major wine regions. Pricing is kind, too, with bottles from the HK$300 to just under HK$10,000 and many averaging HK$400-500. We enjoyed the by-the-glass wine pairings we were offered, and staff are happy to allow you to taste the wine before ordering. If teetotal, ask the waiters for the selection of daily fresh-pressed juices, which may include the likes of mellow guava. 

Service

During a busy lunch service, staff were nevertheless on the ball and generally performed well under pressure, with just a few niggles (water glasses were infrequently topped up, and there were several long waits between courses). 

Price

The restaurant offers a three-course lunch set priced just under HK$400. For dinner, a three-course meal for two with wine and service would cost around HK$2,000. For the moment, we feel this is a little pricy given the inconsistency of the mains. 

cuisines

    • Chinese
    • European
    • French
    • International
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Mexican
    • Spanish
    • Steak House
    • Thai
    • Peruvian

locations

  • Hong Kong

    • Admiralty
    • Causeway Bay
    • Central
    • Tai Hang
    • Tsim Sha Tsui
    • Wan Chai
    • West Kowloon
  • Macau

    • Cotai
    • Macau