23 April 2014

Restaurant Review : Harry's, Khan Market, New Delhi

A new pub in the vicinity, the vicinity that everyone has been slowly and steadily been forgetting about because the onset of the most recent and the trendiest additions - Hauz Khas Village and Cyber Hub, Khan Market is catching up with places like these with the help of cafes and bars like Harry's.

Having already opened an outlet in Saket, this is Harry's second outlet in Delhi. A location that's convenient to all, they sure didn't go wrong on this front.


Paid a visit to this bar on a Saturday night. The place was dimly-lit, with bar stools along the bar, low-lying tables and chairs with sofas for the seating, an outdoor area that's good to go during the pleasant/cold Delhi evenings, yellow light in places dominating the lighting scene, and a huge screen on one wall screening whatever match that is happening on that day.


Bustling with activity like that's the only place to be in Khan Market, I was really uncertain about settling down there or moving to another restaurant as the crowded place looked too claustrophobic to me. Nevertheless, saw a small vacant table and decided to give the place a try.


Just like I've heard from all other people who have visited the place, Harry's IS damn congested! Having tables placed close to each other, having the bar occupied by people more than it could accommodate, having an outside area that couldn't have had a more crowded scene, they should really do something about the seating and the crowd management! Don't let people enter if the place is going to be so crowded! And no, I'm not talking about the place being 'packed', I'm talking about it being overcrowded! A major turn-off the moment I entered. Waiters couldn't walk to your table without zig-zagging their way through the other tables, you couldn't walk outside without saying 'sorry' to 3 other tables, and basically, just struggling a lot with the space! The tables were very low-lying in comparison to the height of the seats - very uncomfortable, and the seating wasn't all that pleasing too!


Leaving all this aside, we moved to the food. The menu is quite vast and there's a LOT to order from it! We went with Crispy Chilli Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and Harry's Nachos with Keema Chilli Con Carne. While waiting for our food, they placed a bowl of peanuts on the table for nibbling on.




The Chilly Chicken was nice, not the best I've had, but nice. The punch of chilli and the crispiness of the chicken was lacking, but the taste overall was nice.




The Chicken Tikka was fabulous! The authentic chicken tikka that's hard to find even at the best Mughali places, was right here at Harry's!



Caesar Salad was really delicious! Very fresh lettuce, gorgeous dressing and perfectly grilled chicken!




The Nachos looked so appetizing, but the first bite and we were quite disappointed. The overall approach towards these Nachos was very dry. There was cheese and there was keema, just like it was given in the menu, but that was just about it. Built in a mountain sort of a way, the more you finish the nachos on the top and moved to the ones on the bottom, the more you felt the Nachos were extremely dry. Having tried Chicken Nachos at almost all the places I have visited till now, these were nowhere close to being even half-decent.






For drinks, we went with their classics - Eye Candy and Green Lantern.

Eye Candy was a Fresh Watermelon Martini according to the menu, and it was exactly that! Very refreshing, with the perfect alcohol content, truly a classic!




Green Lantern was a white rum based cocktail. A little skeptical about trying this, but our server convinced me that I can't go wrong with this choice. And right, he was. One of the best cocktails that I've ever had! Sweet, with a dash of zing, and the not-so-overpowering alcohol content.



For mains, we went with Spiced Chicken and Cheese Burger, and a Harry's Club Sandwich.

Their burgers are the classics here, and not ordering a burger would have been a sin. The burger, when it arrived, looked really really good! But a few bites into it and I realised that the burger was very very average. The chicken patty was really dry, the bun of the burger was dry, and there were not sufficient dressings inside the burger as well. A few pickles and jalapenos mixed with chicken, that's all I could taste in every bite. Left my burger halfway through, that's how average it was.




The Harry's Club was also nothing great. Fried egg, a very very chewy bacon, chicken, ham and cheese. The issue still persists with their breads - too dry. The sandwich on a whole was very dry; nothing happening inside with respect to the flavours.






The place was really disappointing on the food front, but the drinks, they were really nice! 


The place was full, the people were loving watching a football game on the big screen, enjoying their drinks. But irrespective of this, I don't think I will be paying a visit to this place exclusively for their food. The chicken tikka and chilli chicken will be nice accompaniments for drinks, but for just a meal alone, I don't think it's the place for me. It's not like the food was moderately priced, so I would really give it a thought before spending that much money and heading to a place with absolutely average food. Conveyed the same to the Manager too. Told him how the food had nothing happening for the taste buds, asked him to convey the same to their chef, and the manager said he would take care of it.



Address : 62, Second Floor, Khan Market (Above Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf)


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