I have just come back from Lyon. Amazing city. French capital of gastronomy. Exceptional charcuterie, white Beaujolais wine (less known than the red but oh! Do try it), quenelles with a Nantua sauce, tarts and brioches made with praline rose. Epicurean escape. A paradise for taste buds. 4 days was way too short to taste everything!
After so many rich and extravagant meals, I feel like something lighter. I am not one for a few leaves of lettuce though. What to do? I rushed to Harvey Nichols to try their new “Get the Glow” conceived by Madeleine Shaw, the famous nutrition coach. Gluten and sugar free. “Get the Glow” also is the name of her latest cookbook aiming at replacing junk food by whole food. Healthier, tastier and a lot more satisfying. Eating well to look well.
We sat down on the terrace, recently transformed by Peroni into a mini garden. The wisteria is cleverly tangled with fairy lights – in the evening, the atmosphere really is magical. We had to cheers to that happy moment, overlooking buzzing Knightsbridge. For a feel good option, the menu offers a selection of Body Kick mocktails like the Clean & Green featuring below, rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Matcha green tea, spinach, celery with creamy avocado and juicy, sweet apples. So good, you have to resist drinking the whole glass at once. If you fancy something more decadent, ask for a Beau-tea cocktail instead. With grapefruit, vodka, Koko Kanu rum, vanilla and cacao liqueur, it proves particularly charming. Beautiful lightness of the red tea but very playful, very festive and really refreshing.
There are two starters and two protein mains. We had asked for the whole assortment at once – it’s always fun to eat from a variety of plates. Tender spinach leaves, heightened with a little lime juice, sprinkled with nutty seeds. Perfect quinoa salad, with barbecued corn, slightly smoked taste, sharpened with chilli salsa. Melt in the mouth salmon served with cucumber ribbons and paprika yogurt. Super juicy beef, cooked the Thai way, sesame seeds, crunchy vegetables. My worry when approaching “healthy” food is that I leave hungry. But this brought a perfect balance. I felt content, happy, re-energised even. Usually, I curse gravity and consider a micro-nap.
Did you know that Harvey Nichols now have their own sparkling wine? It sincerely is as good as a champagne. Citrus, peach and brioche notes. It is available in the food court at the moment and will soon appear on the restaurant’s listing too. Now let me tell you about dessert. This, my friends, is a raw chocolate fudge. With dried cherries. It’s mind-blowing! Made of almond butter, coconut oil and raw chocolate (understand cold pressed, no heat involved, full taste!), it is matched to toasted coconut on the side and dairy free vanilla/coconut sorbet. In the dictionary, it should be quoted as the real-life definition of “It’s so good it should be illegal”. And this helps to be radiant? After the last spoonful, trust me, you will go straight to Amazon and order the recipe book.