When an email drops in your inbox inviting you to a bottomless brunch with as much champagne as you fancy, you hit reply immediately! At least, I did!
Back in August (oh my goodness where have the past 6 weeks gone!) Raj and I rocked up to Harvey Nichols in Birmingham to sample the bottomless brunch menu. As fan of a good Sunday brunch (it’s a bit of a tradition in our household) we do love trying out new places for something a bit different to usual home-cooked fare (my current favourite is homemade Shakshuka).
Harvey Nichols in Birmingham is located within the swish Mailbox shopping centre, a luxury spot in the city centre and one of my favourite places!
The bottomless brunch at Harvey Nichols is £50 all in for unlimited champagne (over 2 hours), a choice of 3 dishes from the brunch menu, and any hot drink, smoothie or soft drink. Personally, I think this is excellent value for a champagne brunch and certainly sets you up for a dreamy Sunday afternoon. It’s a decadent choice if you’re in Birmingham.
The Harvey Nichols restaurant itself has a gorgeous lux interior look complete with gold and copper finishings, olive seating, and chocolate leather booths. On one side of the restaurant you have the open kitchen to see the chefs busy at work, on the other side you have the ‘liquor’ area of the Harvey Nichols store, and their bar.
I had the glorious job of sampling the champagne option, and I was pleased to find it was a clean, rather quaffable variety. It went down well with the several courses of brunch. Raj on the other hand was on coffee and smoothies. He is a fan of coffee (which is not actually a variety to my liking) which is a smoky coffee bean, and rather rich. He also opted for a green smoothie which came out looking grasshopper green!
For our food choices, we shared a croissant platter and I’m pleased to report that the pastries were warm and flaky, just as they should be.
Next, I had the Brummie Bacon Cakes with fried egg and tomato jam – essentially a savoury pancake option. It was a deliciously filling dish with a lovely contrast between the salty bacon, creamy egg, and sharp tomato jam. The pancakes were quite fluffy, although I do feel they added a little too much baking powder so they did err on the side of chemically tasting. But I do have super sensitive tastebuds, I’m sure most people wouldn’t notice.
Raj opted for the smoked salmon and eggs which were a nice light option, simple and tasty. After that he ordered the Kedgeree which looked and tasted fab. My final option was the pancakes but they didn’t turn out so great so we swapped those for more croissants. Those were really good.
In hindsight, I wish I’d ordered the poached eggs and avocado on toast, I’m not sure why I didn’t in the end, as that is one of my favourite dishes.
Overall, the entire meal and experience is excellent and I would happily indulge again. I recommend going earlier for brunch at Harvey Nichols as we found the restaurant started to get busy towards 12-1pm. I enjoyed the quiet of being the first ones in the restaurant. It’s a lovely way to start a Sunday.