Harry’s Dolce Vita is the new IT restaurant in Knightsbridge, and it felt like I was the last foodie in London to try it. Tucked away behind Harrods, the street is chock-a-block with expensive cars and smartly dressed shoppers. I felt terribly unglamorous in my Mango dress but the friendly and attentive waiters quickly made me feel at home. We sat on the breezy al fresco terrace. Inside, the long dining room is chic and cosy.
The relaxed Italian menu has been created by Executive chef Diego Cardoso. There are plenty of classics to choose from, including Insalata Calprese and Tiramisu, but you can also experience dishes which truly showcase the kitchen’s creativity.
After a refreshing glass of rosemary lemonade I opted for the Fried courgette flowers with courgette, honey, mint and pinenut salad. It was delicate and light, the irresistable crunchy flowers paired with a fresh citrusy salad. Considering the price (£8.95) it was abundant.
For main courses we couldn’t resist sampling a few of the pasta recipes. The eatery’s speciality is Tagoliolini with truffle, parmesan and cream… but it felt too rich in the heat, so instead we chose lighter plates. The pea and mint tortellini was wonderful, little homemade parcels of pasta filled with mint and ricotta in a subtle lemon cream sauce. My only criticism is I felt some of the pasta was a little undercooked, but perhaps that is just my preference.
The 10th of August is the night of San Lorenzo in Italy, when people gather outside to watch the shooting stars. In honour of this special occasion, Harry’s Dolce Vita have created a starry ‘Milky Way’ cocktail and ‘The Comet’ dessert. Creamy, magical and golden this sweet duo is definitely worth ordering if you are visiting today.
The desserts are works of art, and the restaurant is lucky to have a pastry chef of this calibre. The Harry’s Toadstool has become a must on the sweet menu, thanks to its obvious instagrammability. The beautifully constructed toadstool is made from mascarpone mousse and iced vanilla parfait, and is encased in white chocolate. The colour and vibrancy is due to the raspberries and pistachio crumb and the alarmingly green warm pistachio sauce. It was a clever dessert with a balance of sweetness, sour fruit flavours and nutty pistachio texture.
I’m not surprised Harry’s Dolce Vita is packed every mealtime. This stylish eatery is a much-needed culinary asset to the Knightsbridge area, and with reasonable prices, generous portions and friendly service, it surpassed all my expectations… and I can assure you it is not at all style over substance, as first impressions may suggest.
More information and book a table at Harry’s Dolce Vita here.