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2015-06-08 42 views
Hi fellow foodies, i was fortunate to be invited for a food tasting by OpenRice Singapore @ the newly revamp Harry's Clarke Quay.Invitation was for dinner with Alcoholic drinks served to pair with their delicious food sampling of their new menu, which consist of "Small Plates" (Appetizers), "Platters" (Entrée), "Big Plates" (Mains) and dessert.Harry's Clarke Quay consist of both indoor and outdoor dinning concept. Upon arrival at the main entrance i was greeted with the outdoor sitting area. Loo
Harry's Clarke Quay consist of both indoor and outdoor dinning concept. Upon arrival at the main entrance i was greeted with the outdoor sitting area. Looks like any other outdoor pub nothing to shout about. But once inside i was greeted with a long bar and behind are rolls and shelves of various bottles of liqueurs & liquors. With clever play of lighting, it immediately put me into the Mood. (Chill Mood) hehe. The interior consist of mainly dark oak wood, with warm lighting. Sort of like some old British Pub but with a modern twist. Anyway let's fast forward to the Highlights of the evening. Food Tasting! The revamp food menu is Modern European with Asian Twist and for tonight's food tasting, we will be tasting some of their more popular dishes.
First we were served samples of their popular "Small Plates" which consist of Harry's Signature Wings, Fish Cracklings and Crab & Potato Cakes. Fish Cracklings The crispy Fish Cracklings (Eel skins) served with their very own house spice mixed aioli which taste of garlic, olive oil and mayonaise. I could just eat it on it's own all day watching my favourite Korean Dramas. Harry's Signature Wings Next came their signature crispy chicken wings which was serve hot. I like the hint of spicyness on their marinates but Harry's brought it up one notch with their signature home made "Chilli Jam". Shiok is the word coming out of my mouth when i tasted the wings dipped in that sauce. You have been warn, its hot and spicy. Crab & Potato Cakes Lastly the Crab & Potato Cakes sampler from their small plate items. Its like your version of Begedil (Deep Fried Potato), only more high class lah. Because it has lots of finely shredded crab meat inside the fillings. It has a light crunch, hot and served with Sriracha tomato dip. Yummy!By then I'm starting to perspire with all that chilli jam and spicy sriracha dips and someone answered my prayers. HaHa. Ice Cold Beer!
Harry's Premium Lager
This is Harry's very own signature house brewed premium beer. It is smooth with light fruity taste and definately paired very well with the "Small Plates".
Next up is the "Platter" (Entrée)
Jalapeno Steak Sliders We were only serve one sampler from the Platter Menu and it's one of Harry's more popular item in the entrée. The steak in the 3 sliders were juicy but i would wish that my buns are more toasted and more generous with the creamy Jalapeno cheese. Overall it was a good dish, value for $$$ and also paired very well with Harry's Premium Lager. Next Stop "Big Plates" (Mains)
We were presented with 2 main courses. "Crabmeat Spaghettini" and "Chicken Masala".
Unfortunately it was one of my least favourite food served. The pasta tasted rather bland for me and also the fine shredded crabmeat is just too fine to really taste it. I would have prefer the sauce to be more punchy with more tomato puree and chunks of luscious crab meat instead. Btw the menu says it is toasted with pine nuts and fresh cut chilli, but I don't remember tasting any of it.
Ahhh.... a much better choice compare to the Crabmeat Spaghettini. It comes with toasted charcoal bread to dung into the gravy and my oh my, the richness and flavourful spiced gravy just soak up the bread. Couple with the chunks of tender chicken meat, and i must say it was definately the winner. Slurp Slurp. Dirty Harry Harry's ClarkQuay knew that all that rich food and spices will take a toll on our taste buds and presented us with a cocktail call "Dirty Harry" to pair with the 2 mains.
It is one of their signature cocktail of vodka and brown sugar with lychee liqueur and slice of lime. A very nice cocktail good for sipping on a lazy hot afternoon at some beach holiday resort. Do take note it is a rather strong cocktail. But i prefer if i have a choice to mixed it with fresh lime juice to give it some kick. Something like Calamansi with vodka. hehe.
After the Big Plates went by, I was starting to feel alittle kick coming from the alcohol effects. I was going into full chillout mood. HaHa.
The last food tasting item for the night. Dessert time!
Toffee Apple Crisp Tart
It contains thin slices of apple on a crisp flatbread crust with caramel and served with vanilla ice cream. It was also another one of my least favourite item served. Nothing to shout about for me. The crust was hard probably because of the caramel sauce soaked into it for some time and the vanilla ice cream taste soso. Overall it was quite a boring dessert for me.
Harry's Clarke Quay served us each a glass of fruity Moscato to pair with the dessert. Somehow didn't work for me. It's like Sweet Vs Sweet equals overly sweet ending for me.
There you have it. My "in your face" food tasting review of Harry's ClarkQuay and their new revamp food Menu.
In conclusion, Harry's new revamp menu sure looks interesting and most of their items are priced in the mid range between $13 to $23. Recommended ones in my opinion are the "Small Plates", "Chicken Masala", Jalapeno Steak Sliders (Pls give me my cheese) more creamy Cheese sauce plssss and Harry's Premium Lager to wash them all down. Thank You Harry's for the food and hospitality, and Thank You OpenRice Singapore for organising it. Cheers. Hic.. Ops.. excuse moi.