Still hanging on to the festive spirit, I decided I had to visit the Nutella pop-up on the roof of Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, before it closed after Christmas time was official over.
The top floor of Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge is dedicated to food, and on this bank holiday Monday it was absolutely packed; I couldn’t see a free seat or table on the entire floor. The Nutella pop-up however was virtually empty, probably due to it being outside. Unlike The Forest On The Roof at Selfridges the outside hadn’t been closed off so it was open to the elements. Unfortunately this means that despite there being some heaters out there and blankets on the seats, it really was too cold to stay for more than 10-15 minutes. It also meant that the smokers had gravitated out there to have a coffee.
The menu was made up of a selection of different Nutella based snacks, we went for a pancake which was £8 and focaccia bread and Nutella which was £7. I thought with this being Harvey Nichols, plus a one-off pop-up, that they would have done something quite special with the menu items. Unfortunately, what you got was just exactly what it said on the tin. You can’t expect food to be great value for money at somewhere like Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, but you can except a level of innovation, which I’m afraid I couldn’t see evidence of. I think there was room for a lot more thought to have gone into the menu.
There was an outside area which had facilities to make pancakes but this wasn’t in use and was closed off, so I think our order came from the same kitchen as the other restaurants on the floor. It seemed a shame to not make use of these facilities.
The views over the rooftop of Harvey Nichols and out into Knightsbridge were pretty cool and it was great to have access to this outside space.
The verdict: 2/10 Over-priced basic food meant this pop-up was a bit of a let-down. It had lots of potential which hadn’t been exploited and as a result it was the quietest area in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge.