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Harbour Indian – Millers Point

March 18, 2016

After all the whinging about our expedition out west to Harris Park we settled on something a little closer to home for this outing , so up Kent Street to the Harbour Indian nestled under the iconic Observatory Tower. Now this particular establishment is quite new – opening just last January  and with previous occupants of this lease (a brasserie, wine bar, restaurant) not lasting too long,  we thought best to get in quick. But not as quick so as to forgo a cleansing ale at the Lord Nelson pub beforehand.

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Ambience
Tucked away under Observatory Tower the unassuming exterior opens into an open and airy interior with a  lush, colorful  and slightly kitsch contemporary decor, much to our liking. Looks like this business is still finding its feet so not overly populated for  a Friday night but nicely busy with a few occupied tables and a quiet and genteel vibe. A bit cold with the A/C on full tilt – maybe just our table.

Service
Very friendly, courteous and welcoming. The service a  little sporadic at times but the waiter(s) are knowledgeable and willing to make recommendations, answer our many questions, tolerate our debilitating indecision and graciously accept our feedback at the end of the evening.

Food
A pretty standard (bit dull?) menu with all the usual dishes. We started with mixed entree – Onion Bhaji, Seekh Kebab,Tandoori Octopus, Samosa and Tandoori Chicken. All tasty and nicely spiced. For the mains – Bhuna Goat (of course), Kadai Panner (paneer and tomato based spicy gravy laced with spices), Goan Prawn. Malai Kofta and Lamb Rogan Josh. Roti (No butter). Various usual deserts. All the food appropriately spiced but a couple of the dishes (Bhaji, Kofta) a bit flourry and undercooked.

Wine
BYO and advertised as licenced – but not actually licenced at time of writing, so unable to partake in a beer. A petty pet niggle of ours is lack of decent size wine glasses, as is the case here. Kent St Cellars just round the corner if you need a top up.
Great BYO this time out:
2014 Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz Cabernet Merlot (voluptuous, mouth-filling)
2013 Brash Higgins ‘SHZ’ Shiraz
2014 Massena the twilight path (zippy, fresh, fruity and gorgeous)

Value
Standard at around $50 per head for three courses.

Overall Score
7.5/10

A good night out, welcoming and friendly staff, a convenient location and decent if not fabulous food. Just need to get that licence sorted and turn down the air-con. I hope this place goes the distance.

www.harbourindian.com.au

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