Under Bruce Langlands, food director at Harrods, the famous store is becoming as much of a dining destination as it is a purveyor of designer handbags and shoes
Restaurant options in the store now include Demoiselle by Galvin, a French gourmet bistro from chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin; Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill from characterful Irish chef Richard Corrigan; and Stelle Di Stelle, a lower-ground floor pop-up featuring a rotation of top Michelin-starred chefs.
New to the fifth floor is Chai Wu, a modern Chinese eatery overseen by Ian Pengelley. The menu is diverse, but not overly long and complicated. There’s a charcoal grill from which a selection of meat and fish can be ordered and served with a selection of sauces – the wagyu beef cooked on skewers is intensely savoury.
Steamed dishes include a fillet of Chilean sea bass served with a champagne and honey sauce, and dim sum garnished with gold leaf. Desserts are delectable – the green tea chocolate fondant alone is worth a visit, while the fruit platter includes melon, mango, rambutan and dragon fruit. Helena Lang