Harry’s was founded by Jim Gelpi (an oil man from Louisiana) in Boat Quay, Singapore in 1992. In a restored shophouse, decked up in fine style, it was located by the Singapore River and within the financial district. Its popularity soared on the back of its location, elegant yet laid back charm and good service. The Harry’s Bar at Boat Quay is an unpretentious place that makes you feel comfortable and at home, a place for friends and colleagues to unwind, relax and recharge.
Harry’s Bar at Saket tries to capture the spirit of the mother ship in Singapore. The first noticeable part here is the pricing of the menu. While the décor is more or less typical of a bar, what easily looks like the USP here is the reasonable pricing, making this place tailor-made for the younger generation. It is now offering the good lunch platters priced as low as Rs 499 for a three course meal and two drinks. I am here to check out the lunch menu at the invitation of the restaurant.
Looking at the menu, I ask Corporate Chef Mohit Nautiyal how similar the menu here is to the menu in Singapore. “Not very similar” is his response. He elaborates “here we have created the menu keeping local tastes and preferences in mind. I start with their non-veg soup of the day, Talumein Soup (Rs 169). This soup is a genuine made in India Chinese soup with noodles and chopped vegetables and chicken. It is a competent soup, tangy and light. Harry’s Double Jazz Burger (Rs 399) with two lamb patties is a toothsome bite, but the 6 oz Tenderloin Burger (Rs 399) is disappointing owning to a brittle bun and the sub-optimal quality of the meat in the patty.
Tex Mex Pizza (Rs 279) is a thin crust Mexican style pizza with corn, kidney beans, jalapenos, olives, cornitos, cheese sauce & mozzerella. While the pizza is busy in terms of toppings, the crust has a disappointing bite.
Vegetarian Penne Mamarosa (Rs 259) is a combination of tomato and cream sauce finished with parmesan and Italian herbs. This too is an interpretation of the Italian creamy sauce suited for the Indian palate, with a well-cooked rather than al-dente penne. And it is quite a tasty dish. Cajun Spiced Pan Seared Fish (Rs 369) is a basa fish with creamy mashed potato, herbed vegetables in lemon butter sauce. It makes for a nice, wholesome meal, ideal after a drink or more.
Harry’s Bar is likely to do well because of its honest, reasonable pricing. The food is good especially when compared to other bar menus. It is not spectacular but appropriate and enjoyable.
Disclaimer: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. Due judgment and care has been applied by the author to remain objective and unbiased in the review, but readers need to consider this review keeping this fact in mind.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Food: 3.5 | Ambience: 3.5 | Service: 4.0 | Overall: 3.5
Meal for two: Rs.1500 including alcohol | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: Yes
Address: S4, 2nd Floor, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delh| Tel: +91 9999407923