Harry’s Bar is part of Richard Caring’s portfolio, and as with his other outings, look and theme are executed thoroughly, with enthusiasm. In this case, a 1950’s take on Italian glamour, complete with wood panelling, mirrors and leather banquettes in tones of chocolate, caramel and gold. The effect is warm and comfortable, creating an atmosphere that works for everything from shopping breaks to romantic meals and business lunches. The name and the theme brings to mind the original Harry’s Bar in Venice, the birthplace of Bellinis and Carpaccio, though there is no relation.
The food is, of course, Italian, and garnering rave reviews at that. The chef is Diego Cardoso, a graduate of Angela Hartnett, and so the credentials are in place. Open from breakfast through to cocktails, the menu includes lighter options by way of cicchetti (Venetian small plates), pasta and pizza, as well as a range of antipasti and hearty Italian mains. We tried it for a client lunch, and think it’s one of the better options in the Oxford Street vicinity.
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