Tiffany & Co.: The Blue Box Cafe
The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe flagship restaurant was recently closed for refurbishment in New York City; set to re-open this coming 2021.
With the restaurant legitimately being an Audrey Hepburn lover's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" real-life dream, Harrods have opened a Blue Box Cafe in the heart of their world-renowned luxurious store. The cafe, being one of the most exclusive and enticing spots in London at present, is set to be open for only two months.
The restaurant is able to take reservations, and walk-in appointments! However, you must really take in and embrace your Audrey Hepburn moment whilst you can, as you are only allowed to stay for approximately 1.5 hours.
From the moment you enter you are enveloped into the elegant and refined surroundings. You are encased in the synonymous blue of Tiffany. The entire ambience and mood of the restaurant was relaxed and composed, with serene piano music playing in the background. There was a silent hum of enjoyment and elation in the air.
Now let's get to the real underlying reason why you want to attend: the delectable food. At the Blue Box Cafe, you are able to dine for breakfast, afternoon tea, or dinner.
Breakfast consists of divine choices, such as New York cream cheese salmon bagels; a nod to the concrete jungle city the film was set in, eggs Florentine, Belgian waffles, seasonal fruit bowls, Signature crab muffins and an international favourite; avocado toast, complimented with pomegranate dressing, served on toasted sourdough. This is served 8am-11:30am Monday to Saturday, with Sundays allowing you a lie in; starting at 10am and finishing at 1:30pm.
The beloved choice of Afternoon tea consists of amuse-bouche on your arrival, partnered with finger sandwiches; cucumber and peppercorn, egg and black truffle and lemon and chive cream cheese with salmon. This is finalised with a warm parmesan Madeleine, which is served to you with a side of sour cream consisting of caviar and chives. To fulfil that sweet tooth you may have after these courses, you will be presented with a luxurious array of different-flavoured desserts; a dark chocolate mousse cake, a New York cheesecake; a homage to the city's best pastries, an apple pie in the shape of a glorious red apple, and an edible Tiffany blue egg, consisting of mascarpone and lemon curd in the middle. What is Afternoon tea without the infamous English scones to finalise? The two scones served will be traditional plain and fruit scones, served with fluffy clotted cream and preserves.
Finally, if you decide to attend Tiffany's for dinner instead, you have a three course meal awaiting you. Starters consists of; Central Park salad, artichoke velouté, chopped beef tartar and grapefruit and burrata. Main courses range from; roasted halibut, arranged with champagne sauce and celeriac pureé; 57th Street flatbread, with smoked salmon, caviar and sour cream; Seasonal Ravioli, with crunchy toasted pine nuts, with sage-and-lemon brown butter; and finally, Tiffany Truffle roasted chicken. To round off your final meal of the day, the Blue Box Cafe will provide you with four options for dessert. A chocolate velvet cake, an apple pie with vanilla cremé Anglaise, a Milliefeuille, or a golden brioche and butter pudding.
If you want to make your visit that extra bit extraordinary, you can pre-order your very own Blue Box Celebration Cake - consisting of white chocolate, vanilla and salted caramel.
Something that will make your visit even more exciting, is the unique Tiffany blend tea - rose and mint, a pure, earthy explosion to your tastebuds. The restaurant offers many types of herbal infusions and Oolong blends, varying from the signature blend, Earl Grey and Lover's leaf originating straight from Sri Lanka. Or, alternatively, you can choose an alcoholic beverage; a glass of Harrods BRUT, Moët & Chandon, or Brut Imperial NV. To top it off, there is a wonderful chance you will appreciate your stay - as the customer service was exceptional.
Everything you can dine with, eat on, and look at is all exquisite, and of course, Tiffany branded. There are glass boxes with props from the actual film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' film in the restaurant, also. The surrounding walls are plump, some cushioned to give you the sense as though you are actually inside those deluxe and extravagant boxes. Overall, the ambience was tranquil, the food was delicious and the staff and service was faultless.
A very pleasurable experience! If you want your very own Audrey Hepburn experience, make sure to be quick - as this restaurant is only going to be open until April.
(This review is also posted to Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, which can be viewed here.)