Housed within Harvey Nichols store in Leeds city centre, the Fourth Floor Cafe is the ideal place to take a break from shopping and enjoy a delicious meal. Whether you are looking for a girly lunch, a place to impress clients or a catch up with your mum, the Fourth Floor Cafe is the way to do it in style. They offer everything that you could wish for, from a quick pastry through to a full Modern British meal, and is actually very good value considering the reputation of the brand and the quality of both the food and the surroundings.
Modern luxury in the heart of Leeds
The large space, for me it doesn’t quite qualify as a dining room, is light and spacious with floor to ceiling windows and a largely neutral colour scheme. Cool blue creates contemporary accents of colour whilst opulent splashes of gold, rather than the usual silver, breathe life and warmth into an otherwise frostlike scheme. The modern design is quite stunning with intricate and interesting lighting and overhead features. There is an air of tranquillity to the setting despite the size and the full tables with more than a whisper of modern luxe.
The kitchen is run by an accomplished chef that takes pride in the sourcing of his ingredients and modern innovative take on British cuisine. Changing constantly, the menu reflects the seasons with such offerings as smoked salmon with lemon, crème fraiche and radish or Serrano ham with honey roast figs, rocket and shavings of pecorino. Both dishes are beautiful in their simplicity and bursting with clean natural flavours.
A seasonal selection of accomplished dishes
For main course there is a selection of dishes, also following the seasonal ethos, and may include black truffle gnocchi with petit pois a la francais, roast salsify and asparagus or a comforting plate of roast lamb saddle, pommes dauphine, cauliflower puree, Grelot onions, black pudding fritter, greens and lamb jus. The effortless simplicity of these dishes belies the amount of time and skill that have gone into creating them. Sides are extra and include hand cut chips, thyme roasted Chantenay carrots or horseradish soured cream.
The dessert list is huge and obviously executed by a talented pastry chef. Pineapple tarte tatin is served with almond and caramel cream and almond chilli brittle; decent tarte tatin needs to be cooked to order and this one clearly is as the waiting time of twenty minutes is outlined on the menu. You will also find rhubarb bavarois with rhubarb gelee, stem ginger cream and a sesame wafer; a balanced delight of flavours and textures that shows an experienced hand.
The Fourth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols in Leeds also serves breakfast and smaller lunch/snack type items. Smoked salmon and chive scrambled egg has the addition of avruga caviar whilst grilled Inverawe kippers are doused in caper and lemon butter. Let’s face it, who doesn’t long to say ‘let’s meet at Harvey Nics for breakfast’?
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