When the store first opened 100 years ago Gordon Selfridge had a restaurant on the roof along with a clay pigeon shooting range.
The surprise was broken when during the summer months Pierre Koffman was seen having publicity shots taken on top of the roof,high above the chimney pots of London.
For those not familiar with the name of Pierre Koffman, he is one of the few chefs to achieve status of 3 Michelin stars, his restaurant 'La Tante Claire' was the talk of Chelsea, prior to its move to the Berkeley before his retirement. His signature dishes include Stuffed Pigs Trotters, alongside other celebrated French Cuisine dishes, all of which are amazing.
Joining Pierre for the event (which was due to be for London restaurant week, and now has been extended due to demand) are some of his former proteges Tom Aikens, Eric Chavot, Tom Kitchen, Raphael Duntoye, Helena Puolakka and William Curley.
My office sits alongside where this restaurant has 'popped up' so the disruption and noise over the last couple of months has been challenging. Last week clients of ours took me there for lunch!
I entered the restaurant with much expectation and excitement......to gain entry to this area is like something from Mission Impossible!... you follow black logo mats into the main entrance, towards a personal lift that whizzes you up 5 floors to a beautiful white reception space & corridor which has strategically placed art. For someone who knows what this space looked like 4 weeks ago it truly is amazing.
A small flight of stairs lead you into the 'tent' on the roof balcony. It looks fantastic,complete with antler chandeliers and bowler hat light shades, draped with an gorgeous rooftop scene of London with Hyde Park in the distance.After much deliberation my menu was chosen.... was I brave enough to sample the trotters... mmm no I settled on the duck!
I was treated to the Amuse Bouche of Langoustine Bisque with Potato Foam which was delightful.
My first course followed which was a Cocktail of Scottish Lobster & Avocado with Lemon Jelly, complete with cocktail glass. It tasted as sumptuous as it looked.
The Duck arrived and it did not disappoint.... I finished off with the legendary Pistachio Souffle which was out of this world.... Coffee and Petit Fours finished us off, made by the legendary William Curley which were just gorgeous.
At £75 a head this menu does not come cheap, but I can truly saw the food was phenomenal, and feel extremely privileged and lucky to have dined there. I can saw the return to my desk was a long a slow one, and needed a nap once there!... This menu is not for the diet conscious, it is a work of art and an absolute treat for the tastebuds.
As you can imagine people are flocking from far and wide to dine here, with much celebrated chefs and kings of cuisine also popping in... the legendary Egon Ronay accompanied by Marco & Pierre.