I celebrated Valentine’s day with my fellow foodie friend Caroline at Harwood Arms, amongst a few couples but we enjoyed the food too much to notice it much. I’ve only had their a ‘la carte before and was a little worried that the tasting menu portions would be huge as the portions here are very generous, but it was just the right amount.
Shortly after having received water, bread and wine at the table the first course arrived; beetroot poached salmon with yellow beets and smoked sourcream. It was a very fresh dis and the smoked sourcream was a fun twist.
Next we had a rabbit terrine with almond praline, turnip, endive and yoghurt. Also really nice!
Thereafter turbot with smoked bone marrow and parsley root. Another nice dish with a fun twist. It was the first time I’ve had bone marrow paired with fish!
The best dish was without a doubt the last savoury one; perfectly cooked fillet of veal with velvety garlic potato purée with jus and toasted garlic. A-ma-zing!
After that high, the puddings were quite a blur. I prefer savoury over sweet any day and was really content after the first four courses. It was nice to have something sweet to finish off the meal but I’m afraid, to me, the puddings weren’t that memorable.
But they were just the right size to round off the meal nicely, and especially the mousse-topped shortbread with ice cream was really nice, even though it didn’t top the veal.
Harwood Arms, Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP
That daddy would love Harwood Arms I was certain but the fact is mummy was just as excited about it.
The portions here are in my opinion very large, which I find sad in a way as I can’t try that many dishes in one sitting, but on the other hand it is very generous.
With this in mind we skipped starters and went straight for the maincourse. Via the amazing bread basket that is. Daddy loved the Irish soda bread baked on the premises while I couldn’t get enough of the potato bread from a vendor at Borough Market.
Today’s special was a venison roast for two with potato purée, field mushrooms and jus, which mum and dad shared. Or tried to finish more like, it was a huge piece of meat but it was utterly delicious so they did their best. The meat was slowcooked and super tender and tasted of thyme (which we love in my family) treacle and crispy smokes bacon. The potato purée was seriously buttery and amazing and the jus made form the meat juices also had a strong flavour or thyme. Fabulous!
I was, as usual, seduced by the word bone marrow on the menu and ordered the short ribs (also slow cooked) with baked celeriac (which I actually wasn’t a fan of, surprisingly), broccoli and a lovely purée. And smoked bone marrow. Delish!
We were so incredibly full after this but after plenty of water we braved a look at the pudding menu and decided to share one between the three of us. Daddy chose caramelised pear with baked pear icecream, pear purée and caramelised walnuts. A lot of pear, but it worked thanks to the different textures.
It feels rather superfluous to wrote that we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and the amazing food here, but I will do it anyway. This is what I call a gastropub!
Harwood Arms, Walham Grove London SW6 1QP
I can’t believe I have lived in Fulham since July and only recently visited the one Michelin-starred gastropub Harwood Arms.
The pub feels really cosy and more like a restaurant-pub than a pub-pub. You can have just a drink here, but most of the tables are for the dining guests.
My dinner companion and I decided on two starters each and that was plenty of food. I couldn’t even finish my second starter, but both the dishes I had chosen were quite meat-heavy so it was not surprising that they were so filling.
The beetroot cured salmon (or gravad lax as we Scandis like to call it) was full of flavour and firm in texture.
But I enjoyed the ham hock even more. The soft and stringy meat worked wonderfully well with the leek and creamy duck egg, but the crispy bits were even better!
The dish we had one each of was the beef faggots, and it was actually my first time trying faggots. These were absolutely delicious, just very filling. And the smoked bone marrow it was served with was a delight on its own.
I can’t wait to go back, and am actually planning on taking my parents here when they visit in about a months time.
London SW6 1QP