Famous for it’s Northern Italian cuisine, if you haven’t been to Harry’s Bar yet in Mayfair it is a total and complete MUST-GO. I have been there for lunch before but Friday night (for Husby’s birthday) was my first time going for dinner. Every expectation that we had was exceeded.
Upon arrival the warm and lovely staff went out of their way to greet us. “Welcome back, it’s great to see you again!” Of course, I should be a regular there, but alas I am not, because like many all of the best London restaurants, this is a members-only situation. Thankfully we have a very sweet friend who snagged us a table for the birthday celebration.
Since Harry’s Bar is famous for their bellinis, this is the first thing I was offered after sitting. And of course I said “Yes!” There is a reason that they are known for this cocktail, because it is one of the most delicious things you’ll ever drink, and honestly, I could have had like four of them. I stopped at two.
A charcuterie plate, warm bread, and mini-pizzas were placed on the table before we even ordered. These guys are not messing around. Fresh white asparagus was brought over to show us as one of the specials. “Grilled, with just a little bit of olive oil and parmesan!” said the waiter. “Done” I said as I ordered my starter. The parmesan for the asparagus was freshly shaved in front of us from a GIANT wheel, adding to the ambiance.
Now of course, trying to be “good” I didn’t even look at the pasta part of the menu, but when my husbands “Harry’s Famous tagolini” came I couldn’t help but ask for a side plate of it.
For mains I enjoyed the Dover Sole with grilled vegetables, and my husband had the largest ribeye I have literally ever seen. The dishes were all shown to us fresh out of the oven before they were prepared table-side. And of course, we had to order the fried zucchini, which I am not joking, may change your life.
I couldn’t even think about the concept of dessert after our meal, but I am firm believer that on anyone’s birthday there needs to be a candle, so our sweet waiter brought us ice cream with a few candy treats on the side. There were these chocolate-covered espresso beans that I drizzled on top of my ice cream and honestly, I am still dreaming about it.
SO- all of this to say. Figure out how to get a reservation, now. BUT I am also warning you- this is one of the most expensive meals we’ve ever had in London- so go for a special occasion.
Photos aren’t allowed in the restaurant, hence lack of photos!