Decadent food and endless nectar of RUMOR rosé wine – a winning combination in my book (or menu). And at Juliette in Harrods, the pink-hued experience is elevated to the next level with Provence-inspired dining from dawn to dusk
Sitting pretty in Harrods department store, Juliette features both indoor and outdoor dining – those sitting inside are treated to a pastel-inspired palette of marble tables and gleaming countertops, alongside a truly impressive wall-to-wall display of lavish rosé wines.
The decor is sumptuous in itself – complete with sparkling chandeliers, blushing foliage and of course, impressive bottle displays. On sunnier days, guests can also dine via a large terrace on the Basil Street side of Harrods – the prime position for some eagle-eyed people spotting.
I’m here to soak it all in (and up) on behalf of RUMOR Rosé, whose delicate pale wine is front and centre throughout the beautiful restaurant. Even more of a rare treat, I’m joined by my mother who is peering around with excitement and has already reminded me twice that rose wine is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hill’s favourite tipple. Well, if it’s good enough for Lisa Vanderpump!
The Food & Drink
The menu features ‘Provence meets the Rivier’ flair, with ample reasons to unbutton your jeans for breakfast, lunch and early dinner sittings. A signature Juliette dish features a classic French delicacy dating back to the 17th century, the unusual pithivier; a delicate and decorative dome of flaky puff pastry, filled with gourmet ingredients. For autumn guests can try it with Smoked chicken and roast squash, as well as Wild mushroom with camembert – plus a luxurious Native lobster filling for someone pining for a taste of seafood finery.
We’ve both spent the morning working up an appetite at our local Parkrun together, so we waste no time in ordering matching Butter poached South Coast lobster salads which we pair with our second glasses of gorgeous RUMOR rosé. At £25pp, it’s definitely not a pocket-friendly bite – but it is truly mouth-watering with juicy fleshy lobster tail that’s bursting with flavour. The sliced lobster is paired with ample amounts of asparagus, fennel and pickled cucumber which almost transport me back to sun-filled lunches in Cannes.
There’s also an intriguing mound of avocado topped with lashings of black caviar – the entire salad is a luxurious display that compliments the light wine excellently. We also share a side of Parmentier Potatoes (ve) alongside which is served as simple crispy chunks… and somehow disappear in an impressive vanishing act that had nothing to do with our hovering forks.
Leaving without dessert would be cause for sacre bleu concern – the expansive Patisserie section at Juliette’s is far too tempting. At the recommendation of our friendly host I order the Dark chocolate and raspberry bombe (ve) whilst my mum opts for Madagascan vanilla crème brûlée – we also share two scoops of Bitter chocolate sorbet for good measure. It’s the weekend, after all. My bombe proves to be quite the bomb, breaking apart after tapping it with a spoon to reveal a velvety chocolate mousse with a biscuit base and raspberry core. Paired with the sweet sorbet and delicate RUMOR wine, it’s excellent post-run sustenance that makes me wonder if I could carry one in my pocket for the next one.
The Wordrobe Verdict
RUMOR has it that this Knightsbridge restaurant is the ideal spot for feeling like you’re basking in the French Riviera glow without the need for air miles and Eurostars. Whilst I see both families and couples dining alongside us, bring your favourite friends and get ready for a gourmet girly outing. Delicate wine, decadent dishes and dreamy interiors – forget Romeo and set your sights on Juliette this autumn.
All images credited to Sophie Ritchie