Harry’s Bar, Juhu

It is December, and the festive (read partying) season has begun, even though it is Mumbai and everyday is a party ( you know what we mean!) Mumbai’s ever increasing pub life has just added another big player name to its list, this is Harry’s Bar a Singaporean Franchisee that has been brought to Mumbai with its first outlet in Powai and now in the posh location of Juhu. Industrial look, bulbs hanging from the bar, retro music in the background and juggernauts of the F&B industry taking care of the menus, Harry’s has some interesting Food and Booze line ups. Here is what we tried at Harry’s Pub in Juhu.

The Chef:

So it’s time we mentioned the “juggernauts” of the F&B industry, celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani who has helped with his touches to the menu that has been made by Chef Mohit. And Shatbhi Basu, who you might know from the famous TV show “In High Spirits” on NDTV who has done up the entire bar menu with crazy cocktails (which we’ll talk about later.) This outlet of Harry’s is very different from the one at Powai, but the pricing has been kept almost the same. Not the biggest when it comes to space, but they’ve made the most of it, with three long tables in the non AC section, in the AC section they have booths, bar stools, community tables and tables for two and four (Something for everyone.) A nice warm Manager, good service boys (Who knew their sh*t!!!) and of course we had Chef Vicky on our table giving us the lowdown about F&B Asia Ventures and their future, which got me really interested. Anyway Chef Vicky made his way and we were greeted with a big bowl of roasted groundnuts to be eaten till our order arrived. Here is what we ordered – A glass of  Caramel Popcorn Martini and Marmalade Martini, Ratatouille stuffed Mushroom, Fisher man’s Basket and Thai Chili Fish (For round one.) Round two we ended up having a Signature Singapore Sling, Pineapple and Bell pepper Margarita and for food we called the Vietnamese rolls, Sticky Tenderloins tips and the Amazing Wasabi Cottage Cheese Squares. By the end of it we were pretty tanked up and f*cking stuffed 😀

Caramel Popcorn Martini

Caramel Popcorn Martini

The first set of drinks came to us quickly, the Caramel Popcorn (₹269) being the star. Right amount of sweetness and alcohol content, the salted popcorn on top added great texture and flavour to the drink. As Ms Basu said this is the kind of drink one can have before or after the meal. The Marmalade Martini (₹269) with its mix of Orange Liqueur, Orange Vodka and Marmalade was smooth, tasty and had that kick just right!! The first set of starters, beautifully plated arrived at the table; The Ratatouille stuffed Mushrooms (₹249) were divine. Great amount of stuffing,loads  of gratinated cheese and a beautiful sweet – acidic Balsamic reduction on the plate; all of this was held together by the micro greens that accompanied the dish. Mushrooms were blanched perfect not too soft, the ratatouille was spot on and the crispness of the greens added a lot to the texture of this dish. The Fisherman’s Basket (₹299) also was cutely presented in a make shift basket served with the right amount of house remoulade. The peppery batter was crisp and the seafood was perfectly cooked. Thai Chili Fish (₹349) was four pieces of well marinated Basa; it was soft and well cooked but did lack some acidic bang that is needed with fish. I must point out here, that the dishes are reasonably priced and most of the dishes are perfect for one person.

Ratatouille Stuffed Mushrooms

Ratatouille Stuffed Mushrooms

Thai Chili Fish

Thai Chili Fish

Our round two started off with the Singapore Sling (₹369) and Margarita of Pineapple and Bell peppers (₹449). This Margarita I highly recommend, for someone who does not have pineapple in any form, I loved it and the julienne bell peppers added that kick to this ‘wacky’ drink. The Tenderloin tips (₹299) with its sticky soy marination, loads of garlic and bell pepper was a more refined version of soy chili chicken. The Vietnamese roll (₹219) was a simple, light rice wrap with tossed Chinese vegetables and crunchy peanuts, served cold. The winner of round two of the starters was the Wasabi and Cottage Cheese Squares (₹269). Creative, beautifully presented and perfect portioning, this dish was one of the best vegetarian starter I’ve had in long time!!! It is a must order and the Wasabi dip goes really well with it. For dessert we had the Drunken Volcano Cake (₹229), and Oh my god, was it drunken !!!! Soft, liquid chocolate flowing, served with a scoop of Vanilla gelato and a generous amount of flambeed alcohol (we asked for another plate to take out the dessert, TOO MUCH alcohol!!!!) But it was fantastic when it came to the choco lava itself.

Sticky Tenderloin Tips

Sticky Tenderloin Tips

All in all, Harry’s is the next best pub in Juhu, it doesn’t have the under aged crowd and celebrity crowd you may find at the pubs around. Do go here for their great bar bites and wacky cocktails. With it nailing almost everything I do feel it could be a little brighter, lighting wise 🙂

The Foodie:

Since I’m not so much of a drinker, for me pub food is of grave importance. One will always always spot me in a corner eating while the rest are going for another round of drinks. Therefore scanning a bar menu is the first thing I do when I go out  with friends.. The moment I picked up the menu at Harry’s I was quite impressed. Mainly because I just finished watching an entire season of Masterchef Australia comprising of 72 episodes and the food on the menu sounded so much like it was out of a tv show or from those fancy shcmancy cook books. At least for a bar menu it was very refreshing! Their menu is split in to salads, bar bites, grills, small plates, desserts etc.

Marmalade Martini

Marmalade Martini

The Salad section has the regular Caesar salad with a choice of add on garlic prawns, grilled veggies or cajun spiced chicken. The water melon and feta cheese combination which seems to be the new thing on many menus across the city. Then there is the market salad which changes daily. I liked how in the middle of routine there are these little things that made it different from others, in this case the daily changing salad.

Fisherman's Basket

Fisherman’s Basket

Moving on, Harry’s has three kinds of wedges on their menu. Classic Sea salt and Pepper, The Bombay spice mix that I’m guessing caters to the city peeps craving for something masaledaar and Cheese and Cilantro melt. We went for the rataouille stuffed mushrooms, beautifully presented with micro greens (it topped most of the dishes we ordered, and it does make a plate look pretty) and they were yum! From Satays, to Fish Coujons to gluten free nachos (both chicken and lamb) to something as unusual as coconut crusted Chicken strips, Harry’s has it all the categories of bar food covered in its own unique way. We were told that Chef Vicky had helped add that “oomph” factor to the menu. I was convinced when I noticed some combinations like Buffalo Winglets which is basically Chicken wings in Buffalo Sauce with a “whizz” of Blue Cheese and Crispy Pork Riblets with a Madras Curry Dust, Fried chillies and curry leaves. It is enough to generate that curiosity, and I’m quite keen on trying that the next time I go there.

Vietnamese Rolls

Vietnamese Rolls

We scanned we skipped (only because we could not accomodate any more food) to the dessert section and were very happy with our Drunken Volcano Cake. The options are limited. But we loved what we had.

Harry’s also has all day breakfast on weekends which includes, French Toast, Waffles and Eggs to order. Not very elaborate, but considering there aren’t too many breakfast places around in the city, this should be a good thing. So yup, people living in Juhu, you have one more place for your breakfast bucket list. 🙂

Drunken Lava cake

Drunken Lava cake

Food: 4

Decor: 3.5

Value for Money: NA (Martini’s at 269 ++ and food items between 160 and 450 we think its a steal !!!!)

(The BombayFoodies did not pay for the meal, the management knew of our coming to the restaurant but these are our honest opinions given by the reviewers. All rates are exclusive of Taxes and Service Charge.)

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