The Brasserie of Light is Selfridges latest gem, perfect for a well deserved shopping break or special occasion. I visited the restaurant to celebrate my best friends engagement and it was a lovely evening.
The chic restaurant is part of The Ivy group and the service and diverse British and internationally inspired menu reflects their reputable brand. The walls are covered with stylish mirrors and the Art Deco interiors make you feel like you’ve walked back in time into the 1920s to experience great Gatsby style dining. The beautiful, large window at the back of the brasserie overlooks the shops and festive lights. There is also a large, sparkly pegasus taking centre stage.
The menu includes some vegan dishes – a few sides, salads and a main dish to choose from. I had the Herbed Black Provence Olives, Fries and the Wild Mushroom, Truffle, Broccoli and Hazelnut Rice Bowl with Edamame.
The wild mushroom rice bowl was presented beautifully with contrasting colours and I’m a big fan of mushrooms so I enjoyed the different types included. The rice bowl lacked anything special in terms of taste and the truffle flavour was disappointingly dilute. The flavours sadly didn’t come through as much as I had expected they would from the mouth-watering description.
The service was good overall, but there were a couple of disappointments I would not have expected here. Our table was not ready until 15 minutes after the time we had booked for and it was often difficult to get the attention of a waiter once we were seated. We did dine during a busy Christmas shopping weekend and the restaurant is new so I put it down to that.
All of the staff we interacted with during the meal were lovely and the food arrived well presented and promptly once we had ordered. We also requested a special dessert for my friend which was kindly arranged.
I would definitely recommend and visit the Brasserie of Light again for a special occasion but would choose a different main meal. For vegan dining, it didn’t stand out but nor did I expect it to as British cuisine isn’t known for being particularly vegan friendly.
Perfect for: a special occasion