Harvey Nichols is a stalwart of luxury in Scotland's bonny capital, Edinburgh, providing a beautiful setting to browse the racks of high-end fashion, beauty, homeware and food stuffs. If hunger strikes while doing so, or if planning ahead for a special meal out, the department store's Forth Floor Brasserie offers a contemporary setting for all day dining.
The large space is light and bright with a relaxed feel, and boasts huge floor-to-ceiling windows which look out across Edinburgh's stunning cityscape. After all, if there's a city with architecture you want to take a better look at, it would be Edinburgh! Seating is paired back with a 70s minimalist aesthetic, complemeted by a ceiling installation which gives the whole scheme a modern feel.
The brasserie serves up an all-day menu as well as weekend brunch and afternoon tea. The main menu happily celebrates Scottish favourites and local sourcing with dishes like pulled Scottish lamb shoulder with herb bulgar wheat, hummus, saffron yoghurt and pomegranate, or Scottish Borders rib eye with chips. If more in the mood for a light bite, try the House Salad with mozzarella, tomatoes, mixed leaves and granola or perhaps soup of the day. Desserts are deliciously indulgent and come in the form of cherry trifle slice with coconut and oat crumb, tiramisu tartufo with orange gel and blood orange ice cream or valrhona chocolate tart with caraway and rhubarb confit.
In the summer months, enjoy the outdoor wrap-around terrace with playful faux grass and picnic tables. It's a colourful space, perfect for a spritz or cocktail, hoisted high above the rooftops. The mixologists work on a 'cocktail of the month' which at the moment is The Spring Connection, with Hine VSOP, Cartron apricot brandy, Saliza amaretto, pineapple juice, aquafaba and Peychaud's bitters. If wine is more your thing, the team have picked out a well-curated selection of sparklings, white, red and rose.