Harry’s Bar and Cafe returns with beds and swings
For Koramangala dwellers, Harry’s Bar and Cafe was a round-the-corner-neighbourhood bar. Located opposite the Forum Mall, this was a popular location through the week. Now, after a gap of three months, they have relaunched with new interiors, a new menu and signature cocktails. We headed down on a lazy Sunday afternoon to have a look.
The interiors have retained their charm, but with a few fun additions. Notably, high backed couches and, our favourite, a table where the chairs have been replaced by swings. The venue also has four poster beds with tables in the middle available for bottle service. A private dining room completes the look.
The all-day dining menu has been curated by their corporate chef Mohit Nautiyal. The theme is global comfort food. From the starters, we tried the broccoli salad. The greens were charred ever so slightly, and they retained their crunchiness through the spicy dressing.
We also tried the Assamese bhoot jhalokia cottage cheese steaks. The dip, made of the hottest chili on Earth, lived up to its reputation. The paneer was soft and succulent.
The black pepper Chicken Tikka is also a must try, being a new take on the old classic. But our favourite appetiser from the list was the Thai curry rice balls. Batter fried balls stuffed with spicy curried rice inside, it is impossible to stop with one. From the mains, we opted for the Stroganoff. Served with herbed bell pepper rice, it was creamy and substantial.
The bar menu aims to bring Singapore’s fun bar culture to the city. Designed by mixologist Shatbhi Basu, the menu has kept a few of their old handcrafted drinks, like the Harry’s Old Fashioned, Dirty Harry and their classic, Singapore Sling, which was as good as we remembered it to be. For something summery, opt for the pineapple and bell pepper lemonade. Bell pepper in a drink sounds odd, but the folks at the bar have managed to pull it off. Lemongrass ginger fizz is another refreshing concoction on the menu. We also recommend the King Alphonso, a fruity mocktail of mango and coconut. We finished our meal with the decadent Drunken Volcano Cake. Oozing chocolate, it was served with vanilla ice cream and strawberry, the perfect end to our afternoon.
`1,400 for two. At Koramangala. Details: 9886663810
— Anagha M