Restaurant Review: Harry’s Powai, Drink Here But Eat Here Not

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This is one review that I have to admit was a bit of challenge for me to write. For I have never had such a polarised opinion on two über vital aspects of any place before I stepped foot into this first floor Powai restobar. After a few aborted attempts of trying to check out this relatively new restobar—that I blame on geography and our city’s insane traffic among other factors—I finally found myself and a group of friends sitting in one of Harry’s comfortable booths one late Friday night.

Harrys5Kitted out mostly in brooding, dark shades with strong bursts of colour provided by the bright red furnishings and the lit up bar, this 64 cover branch of the famous Singapore-based chain of restobars has all the elements of a hip bar pat in place. What it lacks is the classy service and charm that its Singapore siblings have aplenty. A rather bored, ill-informed server lazily saunters to our table after a good 15 minutes (and a lot of gesticulating on our part) since we got there. Our requests for a glass of warm water for a friend’s sore throat are met with a grunt followed by another 15 minute for said warm water to materalise onto our table. Our order takes another 45! Not that we’ve ordered anything elaborate. Just a couple of drinks and a few dishes off the rather limited food menu card.

Harrys3To start with the good, my Midori-based Green Lantern cocktail, the watermelon infused Eye Candy, the whacko Caramel Popcorn Martini and the famous Singapore Sling are expertly made and look stunning to boot. With a good variety of beers on offer like the rare to find in the city Tsing Tao beer from China, Harry’s will surely strike a chord in the hearts of beer aficionados. But sadly that’s about it that’s pat-on-the-back worthy. Which leads me to the bad.

Harrys India 1480ATROCIOUS in big, bold alphabets was the Harry’s Fish & Chips with stinky bits of inedible fish doused in an oily batter served along with limp, tasteless fries that we had to send back as soon as we assaulted our tastebuds with that horror of a dish. Bland and flabby are the best adjectives to describe the patty that made up the main part of the Harry’s Jazz Burger that although big in size was very, very tiny in appeal. Again another bad dish was the soggy Chicken Nachos with a very offensive, artificial tasting cheese sauce clinging unappetisingly to the floppy nachos. Strictly OK were the Sichuan BBQ Chicken, and the oily but edible Crispy Calamari Rings, while the Thai Chicken Pizza was quite good.

Not wanting to subject ourselves to any more torture, we decided to cash in on what Harry’s seemed best at i.e. the extensive and excellent drinks and went in for another round that seemed to soothe all the foodie ills away. This time round a bottle of Leffe Blonde from Belgium, a Dirty Martini redolent of the unusual black olive juice, a knockout of a Lychee Moscowski and a Chatka Mary with a blast of chilli was what placated us with their brilliance.

My advice to you would be to go there for the ‘bar’ part of this restobar. As for the ‘rest’ part, leave that to… well, the rest!

WHERE? Level one, Ventura Park, Hiranandani Gardens, Central Avenue Road, Powai. Call, 022 30932030
HOW MUCH? Rs 1,750 for two without alcohol.
WHEN? 12pm to 1.30am
WHAT’S HOT? The drinks here are top-notch and worthy of Harry’s consistent international standards.
WHAT’S NOT? The awful service and the sub-standard food quality.
SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Erm… maybe

Disclaimer: This review was done anonymously
Images courtesy: Harry’s

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.