Situated in the heart of Newcastle, opposite the Theatre Royal on Grey Street, Harry’s Bar is a modern, fancy, luxurious setting that sets out to dazzle its customers. I don’t believe we understood exactly what the night had in store for us… Would we be Harry’s friend by the end of the night? We were about to find out. It was a Thursday night, shouldn’t be too packed we thought. We were wrong. The bar was buzzing! Every Thursday, Harry’s Bar is all about salsa! I had my dancing shoes at the ready but first I needed fuelled before any frisson. Mattei, our waiter on the night, took us to our booth and went through the menus. Harry’s Bar has an array of drinks on offer – particularly cocktails. So to drink, we went with an Aperol Spritz and a Pina Colada. The Aperol Spritz was fabulous and took me back to Venice. Aperol, Aperol, Aperol! The Pina Colada is my colleague’s favourite drink so he was in element. To start, we ordered Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan Shavings, Rocket and Truffle Oil and Potato Skins with garlic mayo and BBQ sauce. The carpaccio was light, perfectly presented and just the correct portion size. It was lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My colleague was happy enough with his starter, preferring the BBQ sauce over the garlic mayo.
Next up, we decided to make a night of it and take on more cocktails. We went for an Espresso Martini and an Amaretto and Blueberry Mojito. Why not? Salsa was in full swing. For our mains, we went for Harry’s Style Chicken Satay and Kathy’s Lasagna. Gluten free options were available on pizza and pasta dishes which made me smile. In no time at all, our mains had arrived. Brilliant aromas were filtering from the Asian satay dish; it came in a bamboo dish that opens up – quality presentation. It was different. But what about the taste? The part wild rice was soft but had real twang and was a great accompaniment to the peanut satay sauce. The chicken strips were all fairly sizeable chunks. I was in my glory. The lasagna is my colleague’s favourite Italian dish and it didn’t disappoint. The pure indulgence of it had his taste buds throbbing. It came boiling hot so he had to delay his enthusiasm but when it was ready he had a smile on his face that lit up the room.
Although it was going to be a struggle, to finish, I chose the Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Berries and my colleague went with Vanilla Ice Cream. Served on a chic, black square plate, the gleaming white cheesecake lay in the centre, sauce and a huge strawberry by its side, with a lashing of a mixture of berries on the other – it looked as pretty as a picture. Not only that, but every component excelled as a combination. The cheesecake was beautiful. The berry sauce was sharp and added bitterness. The ice cream was also a winner.
Again presented lovely in a darkened curled glass, it was divine. I don’t know how, but somehow we managed to vacate the brasserie area and hit the dance floor for salsa afterwards but that’s an entirely different review altogether. Harry’s Bar was a magnificent success. Everything on the night just gelled. Thank you for making our Thursday!