Review: A perfect Valentine’s Dinner at the Harlow Hotel
Entertainment / Thu 16th Feb 2023 at 10:36am
THERE are big changes being made at the Harlow Hotel off Southern Way. There will be more of that to come over the next few months.
But firstly, their first Valentine’s Day dinner. In many ways the dinner was a symbol of a step change for the hotel.
The dinner was held in the main dining area of the hotel and the organisers decided to go for space for each of the diners as opposed to packing them in. This was a great idea that made everyone feel relaxed and special.
Each table was beautiful decorated with a romantic feel, name plates and a reminder of what you had ordered and were about to experience.
And it was an experience. Head chef Azad described the experience to us as bringing “the world to your table” and he was right as spices and smells from all the continents arrived at ours.
Again, perhaps the ambitions of the hotel owners were encapsulated in their Valentine’s dining experience.
After a complimentary glass of champagne and Amuse-Bouche, it was down to the starter.
The pan-seared Scallops were very special indeed. The Pea Puree complimented them perfectly. We also had the Duck Rillettes which was in a cute pot and also had sourdough bread. It was set off with tasty pickled onions.
Again, the staff were attentive but not intrusive. Musician Lewis Hanham played throughout creating a very relaxed and welcoming mood.
The main course was the main attraction and it did not disappoint. The Dexter Beef Steak Fillet was outstanding with the Chimmichurri sauce the highlight of the night.
The same could be said of the Herb Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb, That again was a perfect blend set off by the creamy diced potatoes and pesto.
The portion sizes were perfect as well.
The desserts truly did bring the world to our plate with a hint of Madagascar in the Coffee Soufflé’s and England in the Orange and Champagne Torte.
With a cheese board and coffee to finish as well as wine throughout the meal, this was a complete experience.
We certainly enjoyed our evening. It looked liked all the other tables did as well. Everyone looked very relaxed and in good mood.
Congratulations to all at the Harlow Hotel for putting on an excellent evening and a wonderful meal. We look forward to following your journey over the next few years.
Very good. We need some decent restaurants in Harlow. There is barely any choice.
Not true, they've just opened a wimpy bar