Harrods for lunch
As they say in the reviewing trade: This is Knightsbridge, Harrods in Knightsbridge, and so one shouldn't visit and then moan about high prices, or at least not moan too much. The plan was to visit the new Galvin Demoiselle but it looked rather classy even when perched on top of the fruit veg department, and not the hoped for Café a Vin of Knightsbridge, which they really should open as well.

However, the food halls were unexpectedly full of intriguing new and old eateries. The mini steakhouse in the Meat & Fish hall was one possibility as they use a novel system where you queue at the mini butchers table, choose the meat, pay and then sit at the counter around the kitchen to await your meal. This does save on all that messing around when the waiter parades meat cuts at the table but without a trendy Goodman/Hawksmoor name overhead it felt like a risk.

The idea of a Harrods Fish & Chips from the Sea Grill counter was too much to resist, even with a mighty price tag. The cod was fine but the chips were over-cooked and no mushy peas for £24? While the daily special fish cakes tasted better, it did feel like a guiding hand was needed and by coincidence, Richard Corrigan's Bentley's will be taking over the Sea Grill in May.

The main attraction is actually the grand old room itself and watching the all the glamorous international people. With a few more established brands on the other counters then the Meat & Fish hall could become quite a happening place.

New names are also being introduced next door in the charcuterie, fromagerie and traiteur room where Mango Tree from Belgravia have taken over a small corner space with the help of their consultant chef Ian Pengelley of Gilgamesh, who is simultaneously preparing the neighbouring Pan Chai for an April launch.

These concessions are apparently staffed by mainly Harrods employees but the Mango menu said that they have master dim sum chef from Hong Kong and his (or her) chicken dumplings were lovely.

A £15 (!) plate of BBQ pork was even better and three large spring rolls were actually reasonably priced for £7.95. You could go mad at that counter and leave very full and penniless or maybe save the money and hope they open another one in a cheaper part of town. The only downside was a glass of orange juice for the price of a very respectable roast ham sandwich at the carvery counter, which is the best option for cheapskates.