It was a great honour to be part of this Food Tasting organized by OpenRice and definitely I had a great night with the different food tasters, of course with some of the familiar faces from the previous food tasting sessions! Harry's Clarke Quay outlet, which is directly opposite the prominent location of Harry's Riverside Point introduced a new concept, with over 50 new dishes. And that very night, we managed to tried out 8 dishes as well as 3 different beverages as part of the tasting.
We started off the night with a mug of Harry's Signature Premium Lager (3.5/5)
as well as the Fish Cracklings (3.8/5).
I personally thought that the Fish Cracklings was the best Small Plate that we tried that night. Fish Cracklings have the same concept as Fish Skin or rather Salmon Skin that we usually get at Dim Sum and Japanese Food Joints. But, this Fish Crackling stands out, with the portion being reasonable for the price, as well as the dip which made the dish one that people will not forget.
Next up, we tried the Harry's Signature Wings (3.0/5)
, served with a sambal chilli sauce that was claimed to be very popular in Harry's. Heard from the PR of Harry's that they once removed the chilli dip from the menu last year and the customers were quite upset about it and requested it to be back on the menu. Personally find that the wings are very normal, definitely comparable with the ones served at coffeeshop. Let alone comparing it with the ones at IKEA. As for the chilli dip, I thought that it wasn't really that good either.
We continued with the last small plate of the night, Crab & Potato Cakes (3.2/5)
. This dish is also very normal, the amount of crab is definitely justifiable, but personally cannot savour the taste of the potato, thus I would call this dish a Crab Cake instead of Crab & Potato Cake. My opinion will be to add more potato bites, as well as some special ingredients such as chestnut or something crunchy so that the dish will be able to stand out better. Especially for the price of $19/6pcs, customers will definitely be looking forward to something much better. It was also served with a chilli dip, and I thought that this one tasted like the garlic chilli served at McDonald's. Anyways, personally will prefer this chilli dip over the sambal one.
Next up we had the platter of the night - Jalapeno Steak Sliders (3.7/5).
Personally loved the way the toothpicks are designed and the serving size of the sliders is also just nice. Acccompanied with capiscums and sauce, the steak slides were of a great combination. Though, I thought that the Steak could be much better, it was too stiff. Otherwise I thought this sliders were good.
For the Big Plates that will be featured in the next few pictures, we were advised to accompany them with a cup of Dirty Harry (3.9/5)
. Dirty Harry is a verson of lychee liquor with apple slices. It tasted really refreshing, with especially with the Chicken Masala. Chicken Masala (4.2/5)
! I thought that this was the best Big Plate amongst the two that we tasted. The charcoal bread was tard normal, same goes for the curry. But, the chicken on the other hand was surprisingly good. It was soft and well cooked, and I can have a whole bowl to myself. Suggestion would be to change the charcoal bread to something that has a more flavourful kick so that it can go well with the curry.
Our last main for the day - Crabmeat Spaghettini (2.5/5).
We were all looking forward to this dish and we had high expectation, especially for the spaghettini. But it turned out to be one of the worst dish we tried tonight. The amount of crabmeat is justifiable, but the size of the crabmeats is too small and as for the spaghettini, it was much overcooked and the combination of the crabmeat pieces and speghettini doesn't gives its customer a instant WOW, but rather a turn off. Personally find that this dish have lots of room for improvement, especially for a price of $23. Nonetheless, the portion is really huge.
Personally was expecting to try out the Baked Chocolate Cake, but it ended up with this Toffee Apple Crisp Tart (2.1/5).
Expect to receive something much better than this for a price of $14. The portion is too small and there is nothing special about this dish. Although I agree that the toffee hint was there, but the tart isn't crispy at all and it was too tough! As for the scoop of ice cream, there isn't any thing special about it, and it was just plain vanilla ice cream. Suggestion will be to remove this dish from the menu.
All comments and suggestions made were based solely on my opinion, which I have acquired on the day of the Food Tasting. Other than the food, I thought that the ambience of the place needs to improve as well. The corner seats were too dark, there were just two lights shining down and seems like there are water leakages everywhere. Also, staff needs to be more alert of the surrounding and customers need. We have to prompt the staff before ice water was served. Its the basic to serve ice water before the meal and also, we have to prompt the staff to change our plates, although its very obvious that our plates needed to be change. Such meiticulous things will make the restaurant service stands out. All in all, I thought that Harry's Clarke Quay will be a good place to relax and have a cup of wine or two. But not for its mains. Its too unworthy for the quality of food and service.
Date of Visit: May 28, 2015
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