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When Harry met Sofi's - Setting sail in the West End.
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Harry’s Bar - When Harry met Sofi’s
7B Randolph Place,
WEst End,
Edinburgh,
City of Edinburgh,
EH3 7TE.

Anna and Mike Christopherson, the dynamic Swedish super troupers who have bought Edinburgh Boda Bar, Sofis, Victoria, Jospeh Pearce, Hemma and Akva have added Harry's Southside and Harry's Bar in the West End to their portfolio. 

When Harry met Sofi’s (new tagline) is accessed by stairs decorated with twinkling lights and red paper flowers. Once inside a large welcoming space retains the now somewhat incongruent feeling dance floor of the former iconic night spot. Either the bar will become a student den or some trademark Scandic fairy dust will be scattered by Anna and Mike to 'hygge up' the room. 

Lea and I joined mixed crowd, took a seat and chose food from the tapas bar menu … but not before cocktails.  

For me a Setting Sail (Sailor Jerry, Rum, Blue Curacao, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit and Apple). A well-balanced, enjoyable cocktail with the rum being a robust complement too all the fruity flavours; a drink the colour of Caribbean Sea said Lea.  

Starters were also nicely presented. My cod Fish Bites donned a crispy golden tempura batter and a rocket salad was sprinkled with little explosions of pink peppercorns.  Note you can order four tapas and a bottle of wine for £25 from 5pm Tuesday – Friday.

For a bigger plate Beer Battered Fish with chips and mushy peas for her nibs. Unfortunately the napkin under the fish goujons had a tendency to stick and her chips were a tad on the lukewarm side too. By contrast my sweet potatoes fries were crunchy, tasty and very scoffable. 

 

I had chosen the Veggie Burger which had slices of aubergine cooked to a soft sumptuous texture, and lots of rocket, tomatoes, mayo and cheese. Those expecting the standard patty may have been surprised. I liked this full on vegetable version but thought even more could have been added in the way of courgettes, mushrooms and peppers. 

Desserts had to be Espresso Martinis twice please. They had been shaken to full frothy glory and a plentiful measure filled our coupes. They only needed a bit of more alcoholic kick to fully balance the sweet coffee liqueur. 

The West End has become decidedly buzzy over the past couple of years and this revamped Harry’s Bar lines up alongside  cafes, restaurants, wine bars, patisseries and food shops to fill a slot as an after work party-style bar. 

And with a 3am license on Fridays I suspect that dance floor will find its sweet spot. (S. Wilson)  

 

 

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