I was struck by Harlequin’s airy, open, modern ambience, there are 50 covers so the restaurant is large but it has been laid out to create pleasant and discreet areas.
The food was good if not exceptional; of the three starters we tried, we favoured Seared duck foie gras with caramelised flat peach on crisp crouton and Wild mushroom & truffle risotto served with poached free-range egg sprinkled with soft herbs which was very tasty, the rice was cooked to perfection. We also sampled Home-cured salmon gravadlax with crème fraiche, garnished with warm sourdough. The influence is more "Brasserie du Monde" with some dishes coming from different continent.
I was pleased with my main course Rump of romney marsh lamb layered on vegetable & bean cassoulet finished with reduced pan juices; the meat was especially tender and cooked to my liking.
My friend enjoyed his Fillet of diver-caught plaice resting on crab-infused risotto served with fresh tomato & chervil dressing.
Of our desserts, the best was Banana fritters with butterscotch sauce & rum & raisin ice cream; my Home-made crème brulee served with shortbread rounds.
We noted that the set menu offering a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts looks good value at £16.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three. Perfect choice for a pere theater dinner next to Holborn, the Strand and Covent Garden (300 meters).
On appearance, this is what we would recommend. Unsurprisingly, this accounts for 50% of orders. Ordering a-la-carte you should expect to pay around £20 per head excluding drinks. (10 starters, 12 main courses and 10 desserts).
The wine menu is wild compaling some new world wine, including Argentina and some real classic like the amazing Saint Emilion.
The restaurant is open daily