Most associate Harry's Bar as a watering hole, and not as a dining destination. But little do people know that the veteran bar actually serves up pretty alright food, and I'm not just talking about typical bar grub like overly-salty fries and generic cheese nachos.
Their Boat-Quay outlet is a hotspot for executive types working in the Raffles Place hinterland. Their Happy Hour deals make quite the attractive bait for many to enjoy a few pints in the evening before heading back to the office (apparently, the liquid booster is de riguer to work through the night). But also, their diverse menu of western fare draws a decent crowd for weekday lunches.
I loved the Cold Soba Summer Salad ($16.90), choc-a-bloc with breaded fried mushroom nuggets, chilled soba, radish rings, cherry tomatoes, julienned carrots, corn kernels, edamame, and mesclun, tossed in a truffle oil-infused Japanese goma dressing.
The Harry's Signature Club ($18.90) stacked with roast chicken slabs, fried eggs, crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce, was sided by a piquant kimchi slaw, and thin chips. Hearty and commendable.
The Harry's Jazz Burger ($19.90) was a towering heap of juicy Angus beef patty, streaky bacon curls, beetroot relish, sauteed field mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, melty cheese, and jalapeno peppers.
The pescatarian-friendly Fillet O'Harry ($18.90) layered a nacho-breaded halibut fillet patty with cherry tomatoes, spicy jalapeno cheese, refreshing tartar sauce, between pillowy toasted sesame buns. The fish fillet was pretty yummy.
The Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs ($26.90) glazed with a stickily sweet barbecue sauce and slow-cooked to a fork tender texture.
The Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks ($26.90), sumptuous with a rich red wine gravy flecked with fine beans, pearl onions, and carrot dice, was slathered over mash and topped off by onion rings.
The Baked Chocolate ($16) spiked with rum for a little afternoon oomph, was juxtaposed with vanilla ice-cream and raspberry bits. Excellent stuff.
28 Boat Quay
Tel: 6538 3029
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 1am;
Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 2am