Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MORGAN MCGLONE’S DINING ROOM LAUNCHES AT HARPOON HARRY

Morgan McGlone takes his residency as Culinary Curator at Harpoon Harry to the next level launching the upstairs Dining Room on Wednesday April 20th at 6pm.

The Dining Room is a representation of McGlone’s considerable experience with Southern American flavours, drawing on his time in the kitchens of Sean Brock’s HUSK in Charleston and Nashville. A passion point for McGlone is his smoking, BBQ and in-house pickling and fermenting programs which is evident throughout the menu.

McGlone wants to reestablish the Dining Room as the heart and soul of the heritage listed building. He is a big believer in late night hospitality, catering to casual diners and late night drop-ins. The approach is a relaxed Dining Room experience, with a menu designed to work as any combination.

“I’m not a massive share plate fan but I like that you can get a few different dishes; people might share a couple of entrees like the Fraser Island Crab Ravigote, Pickled Green Tomato, Endive or Beef Tartare with Smoked Oyster, followed by the Steak Dinner For Two and a dessert. Or some might just want to order all sides with and have a glass of wine and that’s great,” said McGlone.

Chef’s recommendations from the Dining Room include roasted Cloudy Bay Storm Claims with Green Garlic Butter and Bottarga, and Riverine Pork Chop with Five Hour Cabbage and Sauce Gastrique.

“The pork chop is brushed with a gastrique sauce of sorbent smoked pork stock and aromas, and grilled over cherry wood and iron bark. This dish is really about wood and meat flavour’s. The Cabbage is blanched and put on top of the grill for five hours, basting it with apple cider vinegar and turning every thirty minutes. We also have some cabbage ferment in there; this is where the sourness comes from. It’s a really funky flavour!”

The dessert menu is a simple choice of three classics; Fried Apple Pie with Cinnaoon Ice Cream, Chocolate Napoleon and McGlone’s take on Chess Pie.

“It’s my homage to my first pastry chef in Nashville, Lisa Donovan. Her chess pie is still the best I’ve had. It’s sweet pie of buttermilk egg custard with a classic lard casing that’s baked at a low temperature. It’s just so cool and simple.”

To complement the dining experience, Morgan’s good mate James Hird has curated the drinks list. James said the drinks list, although considered, is fun and built around the menu.

“Having spent time with Morgan in South Carolina, it was apparent that whiskey and beer where intrinsically linked to low country cooking. I really liked the idea to work a strong range of whiskey into the list as it really enhances the drinks program.”

The wine list reflects the south and both Morgan and James’ passion for wines made by sustainable growers. James said all the wines have strong natural acidity and brightness.

“If we ended up with 9 of one varietal it would not have bothered me as each wine reflects the place and farmers who made them and was listed for drinkability with Morgan’s food.”

To round out the Southern experience James has also introduced an after dinner bourbon trolley which will feature a rare Bourbon from Kentucky, Pappy Van Winkle.

Patrons are encouraged to enjoy the complete Harpoon Harry Level 1 experience, beginning with a pre dinner cocktail on the open-air terrace, followed by dinner in the Dining Room and a late night drink in the lounge. The kitchen is open for service until 11.00pm (ish), with the venue open through till 3am.

 

Dining Room booking Phone 02 8262 800 and online at www.hotelharry.com.au

For large group bookings please email info@hotelharry.com.au

 

Hotel Harry - Ground Floor Public Bar and Level 1 Dining Room

40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, 2010

 


 

 


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