The moment Shaida Sharma invited me to review Harry’s in Khan Market, one of Delhi’s posh and expensive markets, I thought I was going to eat and drink at one of the costliest places in town. But this myth was shattered the moment I looked at the prices on the menu. Harry’s does not believe in charging a bomb to get you drinking and keep you sitting there. At Harry’s there’s no hurry!
Harry’s is best known for its amazing cocktails, so my friend Janaki Kulkarni and I let Mani, the bar manager, treat us to the signature Dirty Harry and Eye Candy. Dirty Harry has lychee, mint vodka and Demerara and Eye Candy brings with it watermelon and martini. While Janaki was downing the Dirty Harry, I sipped the Eye Candy… though I would like to share our verdicts with you on cocktails now, wait till you come to the end of the article, as cocktails ruled our dining experience. And what you get complimentary is a bowl of groundnuts.
Accompanying this were starters: Harry’s Nachos, Pataya Fish Fingers, Singapore Chicken Lollipops, Barbequed Pickled Chicken, Paneer Pudina Malai Tikka. That was a lot of food, but as I said at Harry’s there’s no hurry. And Mani, though he refused to eat with us, told us all about Harry’s and his career.
By the way, the portions are enough for two people to enjoy a good meal and the taste is good. The food is light, well cooked, and recipes are obviously tweaked around a bit to suit the Indian palette. The Barbequed Pickled Chicken was truly a Punjabi delight. And the Pataya Fish Fingers actually made us want to lick our fingers in the posh set-up! And Aditya was serving us humbly and patiently waited as I took the pictures to remember what all I was eating.
Anyway, coming to Harry’s, it was founded by Jim Gelpi (an oil man from Louisiana) in Boat Quay, Singapore in 1992. An after office hour haven frequented by bankers and professionals working in the financial district, the comfortable and affordable pub has retained this tradition.
As Janaki has just come back from Canada to India, we gossiped and Mani sent us more cocktails—this time it was Classic Caipirojka, Harry’s Old Fashioned and Sangria Red. Until we finally had to say, please no more. While we were drinking screams from the bar stools made us look up, flames emerged from the glasses—two young girls were enjoying a Flaming Lamborghini…it was a sight to behold and tempting to try. But since we had too many cocktails, this is something we are going to try the next time we go to Khan Market.
After so much of eating, there was still dinner to happen—so Mani suggested we make it light. So Janaki opted for Thai Curry which had a very south Indian flavour and feel. I dug into Beer Sozzled Barbeque Chicken. And it truly sizzled.
Actually, there was no room for a dessert left, but we must end with something meetha, so we just took a bite each of Philadelphia Cheese Cake (which comes from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the first floor).
Dinner over, cocktails downed, our verdict on the cocktails—Dirty Harry, Classic Caipirojka, Sangria Red a must try.
But this is just a small intro to the cocktails on offer. You can even experiment with the guys at the bar and get your cocktail made. Harry’s is a fun place, with a light and comfortable ambience, good rock music in the evening, lighter music in the day and a place for smokers.
It’s also easy on the pocket and as long as you remain sane, you can keep on drinking and eating. For those who don’t like to drink, there are mocktails and juices. There are veggie and mutton dishes too.
Definitely a thumbs up for Harry’s from Janaki and me.
We walked to the parking at the back and ended our dinner with a meetha paan.
Khan Market: Flat No.62, 2nd Floor, Above CBTL, Khan Market, New Delhi
Timings: 12 noon – 1.00 am
Other outlet of Harry’s in Delhi is located in Saket: 2nd Floor, Select CITYWALK, Saket.