On Sunday I went to Harrods for lunch with Sunny in London. Our precise destination was the Marchesi Café, which is a pop-up restaurant that is part of Pradasphere: the Prada exhibition on the fourth floor. Marchesi Café at HarrodsThe Marchesi Café in Milan is part-owned by Prada, so it makes sense that the whole Prada experience is completed by either a lunch or an afternoon tea when going to visit the exquisite exhibition.

Located along which would normally be the Georgian Restaurant, the Marchesi Café evokes a sense of being on the continent. Marchesi Café at HarrodsWith shelves of sweets lined up along the wall, there is a timeless beauty to the space.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

To start off lunch, I enjoyed a Champagne cocktail …

Marchesi Café at Harrods

… whilst Sunny enjoyed a Kir Royale.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

And of course, because it was a Sunday afternoon water was also being sipped at the table.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

For starter, I had a fennel with anchovies and orange salad. There were some capers in there too. And I really enjoyed this salad, which was light as well as delicately tasty.Marchesi Café at Harrods

Sunny tried the mozzarella and tomato salad, which looked really good. It’s been a while since I’ve had mozzarella and I bet it was a delicious choice. To find out, you’ll have to see what Sunny says about her experienceMarchesi Café at Harrods

For our main … and I’m just throwing in this photo because I loved how the mains arrived … Marchesi Café at Harrods

I had one of the veal dishes which came with mashed potatoes and peas.

This dish was light and seemed simple but as with all good Italian cuisine, the simplicity allows for the quality of the ingredients to shine through.

One of my favourite dishes ever is a drizzle of truffle oil, shavings of pecorino cheese and pasta. Simple and very tasty.

So yes indeed, simplicity is key with good Italian dishes.
Marchesi Café at HarrodsFor my side, I had an artichoke with parmesan cheese …

Marchesi Café at Harrods… whilst Sunny had a risotto with saffron for her main and …

Marchesi Café at Harrods

… a mixed salad on the side.Marchesi Café at Harrods

For our second cocktails, we both had a Spritz: Prosecco and aperol, which I absolutely loved. I could have easily had a second.Marchesi Café at Harrods

But to go with dessert … a selection of pastries (filled with jam, rice pudding and apple) …Marchesi Café at Harrods… as well as truly delectable creme caramel …

Marchesi Café at Harrods… we had a glass of Champagne each. But of course!

Marchesi Café at Harrods

With great company, wonderful surroundings and a carefully thought out menu, the afternoon was pure delight.

It was the perfect preamble to a fashionable treat: Pradasphere, which will be the subject of my next post.
Marchesi Café at Harrods

Marchesi Café, 4th floor, Harrods.