Rising high above Leeds city centre, atop four floors of all our favourite foodie, fashion, beauty and homeware brands in Harvey Nichols, sits the Fourth Floor Cafe. A pleasant stroll through Leeds’ opulent Victoria Quarter arcade and a quick ride in the lift brings us to this hubbub above the streets. City-chic dining reaches new heights here, with far reaching views, exotic cocktails and fabulous foodie flavours taking local produce and seasonal favourites into account. It’s a swanky spot for post-work dining, Friday night dinner or for sipping cocktails during a Saturday night soiree.
There’s something sumptuous about this place. Step inside and the warm golden tones take you to dream-like era where gatsby-style decor meets contemporary class. It’s a striking open space, yet it’s intimate, relaxed, and a true epitome of English elegance. Gold, orange hues decorate the bar and restaurant area, but with splashes of teal blue for a refreshing touch. Floor-to-ceiling windows light up the space and as the sun sets over the city, twinkling lanterns create a cosy, elegant aura. We are seated in a comfy booth by the window, looking out over the crimson skyline.
We are welcomed and seated by the window, the perfect setting for a summer sunset cocktail. Although the bar serves a wide range of tipples for every taste and occasion, the Wine, Dine & Sunshine menu comes with the choice of two refreshing cocktails. I opt for the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz – a gorgeous goblet of Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur and Fever-Tree soda water. My dinner date gets his gin fix with the Bombay Sapphire Mint & Ginger Twist – a cool concoction of Bombay Sapphire gin, Fever-Tree tonic water, ginger, mint and lime. A zesty take on a summer-inspired G&T.
It’s all about embracing the seasons here at Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Cafe. And after tucking in for a wholesome winter set dinner back in January, we’re super excited about the summer offering. The Wine, Dine & Sunshine menu is a summer special bringing together all the local ingredients, flavours and colours that make us feel good about the staycation. There’s no need to seek sunshine and good food elsewhere when we’ve got such delicious, seasonal offerings to celebrate here on our doorstep. For £22, diners can enjoy a three-course dinner and a cocktail. There’s a choice of two creative cocktails followed by three starters, four mains and three desserts offerings – catering for everyone from the veggie to the meat-lover and the health conscious. The set menu might be small, but the decision is not made easy – you’ll still be spoilt for choice.
What we ate
I kick things off with a punchy, fishy dish. The charred mackerel fillet starter is beautifully formed with confit cherry tomatoes, an elegant display of beetroot and a zingy pesto dressing. It’s flavoursome, it’s fresh and it’s feel-good. My mate goes for the confit duck leg starter – creatively laid out like a ‘kiddies dish’ on a bed of peas with carrot purée and bacon dressing.
The mains are a tricky decision, and with so many punchy flavours and creative collaborations thrown in the mix – after much deliberation, we opt for the roasted chicken breast and the sirloin steak. My chicken comes in a bowl of chickpea and chorizo tomato broth, topped with pok choi. The steak comes as simple as ever with rocket and cherry tomato salad, skinny fries and aioli. Simple, subtle, yet spot on. Our meaty mains are on top form, and the fine foodie offering only leaves us pining for more. Cue the dessert.
The puddings here are perfectly formed to fit the occasion. There’s nothing worse than finishing off a fabulous dinner with a stodgy sweet that tips you over the edge. Here, they are small, after dinner treats that pack in enough flavours to satisfy the sweet tooth, but they don’t overdo it. I go for the raspberry and lime posset – a light, liquid dessert topped with meringue. It’s a pink, girly treat served in a glass jar. My date orders the honey cake with strawberries, white chocolate and mascarpone. A fluffy cake topped with a fruity, chocolate combo.
Fourth Floor Cafe, you’ve done it again. You’ve wowed us with your sensational summer flavours and we can’t wait to wrap up warm and fall in love with your autumn offering.