If you’ve visited Newcastle and you haven’t been to Harry’s, have you really been to Newcastle? Harry’s Bar is just opposite Threatre Royal on Grey Street, a some what hot spot in Newcastle City Centre. I was lucky enough to be invited down to Harry’s last week to taste their exciting brasserie menu! I’d heard good things about the food from Harry’s but had previously only every visited for a cocktail from their extensive range of famous reciepes they offer of which are extremely instagram-able cocktails FYI. So, it’s fair to say I was looking forward to giving their menu a try!
Myself and my Mam went down last Monday evening, even though it was a week day it was busy-ish. The atmosphere in Harry’s is very warming and inviting, the dark interior and deep reds around the place are very cosy. The brasserie is at the back of the bar, separated from the hustle and bustle. As soon as I walked in, staff were very attentive and guided me to my table where we were met with our waiter whom explained he’d be looking after us all night and about the specials menu, what meats and fish were available you know, the likes. I was really impressed with the specials menu, you aren’t restricted and there is a range of different dishes available for all, meaning I actually ordered from the specials. My Mam had other ideas as she was sold when she saw that their was bruschetta available on the ala carte menu, her favourite. After much deliberation, I went for the potato skins and a chicken, garlic cheesy pizza and my Mam went for the bruschetta and the monster Harry’s burger.
Whilst waiting for my starter, I decided to get my taste buds going with frozen Strawberry Daiquiri! It was very refreshing and sweet, the perfect frozen cocktail. After a short while our starters arrived! My potato skins were amaze, crispy yet fluffy in the middle, an ideal portion size and complimented with a choice of dips either BBQ or garlic mayo… obviously I saturated mine in the garlic. My Mams bruchetta was a tomato delight, the bread was crispy topped with juicy, finely cut tomato’s, onions, basil and garlic which was a dream combination of taste.
After a good first round and a short wait, our mains came. My pizza looked scrumptious, it was a good size – I’d estimate by looks a 12 inch-er. I couldn’t wait to dive in to the cheese which was half melted and half in the due course of melting. The base was just the right texture and consistency, not too crispy or floppy, by floppy I mean the ingredients didn’t just all slide off the slice. The melted cheese was so creamy and tasty, working well with the rocket and cherry tomato’s. My mams burger stole the show though, just look at it. A big, large meaty beef burger! Of which she said was cooked to perfection, juicy definitely not dry and the melted warmed up gorgonzola cheese enhanced the taste of the beef mostly. The coleslaw was fresh and crunchy, finishing off the burger just right plus the chips were light and soft.
By this point, I was super stuffed. But I had left a little room for dessert of course, I went for the Marshmallow and Strawberry Kebab topped with melted chocolate. One word… splendid. The strawberries were so fresh, I could really taste the sweet juicy essence underneath the warm milk chocolate.
I had a fab Monday evening at Harry’s, it certainly was the highlight of my day. A huge and special thanks to the team at Harry’s for making my visit so special. I will definitely be returning to explore the menu a little bit further, plus I’ll not forget to mention the value for money, it’s not over priced and the special works so well for those on a budget!
Have you been to Harry’s before?