New Zealand-born owner/chef PJ McMillan (formerly of e’cco bistro) has built his reputation on using quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients in his simple yet stylish bistro fare. Smart and relaxed, with both indoor and outdoor seating, Harveys is the place to be seen. Polished concrete, timber and leather give the dining room a trendy yet informal appearance, while service is efficient and friendly.
Chef McMillan steers clear of fads, offering honest, unpretentious dishes. Sweet onion risotto is soft, salty and creamy, with a delicate onion flavour. The rice is complemented with fresh peas, crisp capers and an earthy venison ragu, and is topped with a parmesan tuile. Lemon-roasted organic chicken is juicy and tender, with the old-fashioned chicken flavour you only get with a quality bird. It is served with fabulous bubble and squeak, wilted kale, tomato emulsion and preserved lemon aioli.
PSST! Try Harveys for breakfast – it’s open every day. Fig, apricot and raisin toast with homemade preserve is divine!