Harry's, Khan Market : Pairing Drinks with Food

Harry's has come a long way from the quaint little bar in Singapore from its time of inception. With multiple outlets in and around Asia, Harry's looks to enthrall the customers with comfort bar food from all over the world and a smart concoction of drinks.

Chef Vicky Ratnani and Mixologist Shatbhi Basu
Chef Vicky Ratnani  and Mixologist Shatbhi Basu at Harry's



Although a bit crowded, Harry's Khan Market has a homely atmosphere with a small but cozy outlook.While the Harry's signatures like Old Fashioned and Jazz Lamb Burger are pretty well received, celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani and Mixologist Shatbhi Basu look to lay more emphasis on complementing finger food with their chilled beverages. Keeping in mind the progressing change of the season to winter, they designed a wonderful menu with an intense alcohol mix, in terms of flavour and comfort fast food from around the world. As acid cuts the grease in food, the grease cuts the alcohol.

Hot Chocolate Cow
Hot Chocolate Cow - An Alcohol based Chocolate Drink

While pairing food with drinks is at times thought of as snobby, it is really the crux of enjoying a good meal. Wine with all its versatility and variety is generally the focus of most pairings, however, complementing cocktails is pretty much similar as they can be dictated to assume different tastes which enhances the dining experience. Newbies at the concept, we tried out four different food and cocktail pairings at Harry's and it sure was exciting.

Veg Nachos
Veg Nachos

To begin, we were served their special Vegetarian Tacos to prepare the palate for the cocktails. These corn fried chips on refried beans were garnished with finely chopped onions, tomatoes and olives along with sour cream and guacamole sauce and served with  a spicy salsa dip. Crispy and spicy, they were the absolute right mix with sour cream soothing the taste buds in times of need.

Pineapple and Bell Pepper Margarita
Pineapple and Bell Pepper Margarita

The first pair to be served was that of the Pineapple and Bell Pepper Margarita and the Fisherman's Basket. With a strip each of the red, yellow and green bell pepper, muddled with pineapple chunks, the drink was surprisingly refreshing, creating a wonderful combo of a beach type setting with the Fisherman's Basket which had crispy tempura battered prawns and calamari along with mayonnaise based remoulade sauce and paprika.

Fisherman's Basket : Prawns and Calamari
Fisherman's Basket : Prawns and Calamari

Blood on the Rooftop
Blood on the Rooftop

Mixologist Shatbhi Basu introduced us to another of her creations - Blood On The Rooftop, a drink inspired from Michael Jackson's Blood on the Dance Floor. While it is a variation of Long Island Ice Tea with tequila, gin, vodka and other spirits coming into play, its uniqueness comes in its presentation in which red wine added from the top makes it look like there is some blood is being spilled. The drink is strong and so requires the Chicken Satay with its smoky peanut sauce to balance it out.

Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay

Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini

The combination of Espresso Martini and Lamb Sliders was up next. A fantastic drink for all the coffee fanatics, the martini is extremely simple to make using the inherent flavour of the espresso vodka and a bit of kahlua. The Lamb Sliders had a fat juicy patty served in freshly baked buns complementing the coffee taste.

Lamb Sliders
Lamb Sliders

Utterly Simple
Utterly Simple

The Utterly Simple was a hot cocktail, something you can drink on a cold day while ravishing the Jerk Chicken which was served with it. Set in a backdrop of heat, spice and sweetness, the flavour of cinnamon in warm apple juice and dark rum contrasted the crispy, barbecued Jerk Chicken with a pepper,thyme and ginger seasoning.

Jerk Chicken
Jerk Chicken

The concept of pairing finger food with cocktails is quite innovative and impressive. While it is improbable that the customers will actually do it while dining, it definitely gives us a fine insight on how one's dining experience can be enhanced breaking the shackles of the traditional seven course concept.

Cost for two - Rs 2500 (with alcohol)

Address:
62, Second Floor,
Above CBTL,
Khan Market,
New Delhi

Also see : Harry's, Saket

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