I had an amazing experience at Harlem last weekend an djust wante dto share my input on this great restaurant which I think doesnt get enough praise on CH.
We went on a saturday, had reservations for a party of 4, upstairs where the live music was going to play. We arrived about half an hour early and they seated us gladly. Our waitress was super energetic and friendly. So helpful. She had tons of 'harlem' spunk. She answered all our questions and gave us tons of recommendations.
Me and the bf ordered two cocktails... both were fantastic. I especially liked mine which i believe was called the harlem sling? Delicious!
We ordered the corn bread and seafood fondue for appetizers. My boyfriend really enjoyed the cornbread.. i thought it could have been warmer... but it was still enjoyable and tasted like...well, cornbread! The seafood fondue was on the other hand a glorious think and chunk-style dip. Dont think about creamy and liquidy. Definately big chunks of shrimp and crab in there. It was served with a good portion of 'Harlem Crisps" which looked to me like deep fried wontons (which ive made before) This was a winne! everyone was scarpign to get the last of the fondue.
For our mains I ordered the Southern Stle Fried Chicken with collard greens and a side of mac and cheese. My boyfriend had the fried chicken with waffles. Our friends had the shrot ribs and jerk chicken. BY FAR the chicken was the best. Ive tried lots of fried chicken (missioning out to stockyards next week to compare) but this was amazing PERFECT! Crispy Crispy skin, thick but really well seasoned batter. People have said they foudn the chicken underseasoned...well i definately didnt and I love seasoning. I tried a bit of everything... personalyl lvoed my dish the best... my boyfriend 9with the waffled was also good an dit looked like his chicken had a bit more sauce ontop to coat with the waffled. Very delicious! Like a maple-sweet/spicy sauce.
Ive heard some people dont like the sauce on the chicken. We loved it. My Mac and cheese -- well ti was mac and cheese. It was delicious but not blow your mind amazing. Ity went well with my dish.
I tried the short ribs and they were tender and extra meaty. Didnt try the rice that came with it. Not bad! The jerk chicken was very very saucey but i felt thta it had th esame bbq sauce as the short ribs... so i didnt taste too much jerk from it. Our dinign companions loved their meal however. No complaints.
We were all left STUFFED half way through our mains and took breaks to enjoy a round of beers (5.75 for coronos' stella's, heinekens, notbad!) and then continued hammerign away at our plates. We were sooo full - Harlem definately is very generous with their portions. If you dont want to be overly stuffed - dont order apps.
We couldn teven fit dessert as tempting as it sounded.
Dinner for 4 (with two cocktails and 6 beers) after taxes and tip came to 180.00 (90 per couple) not bad - we were also very generous with the tip.
I cannot recommend this restaurant enough and the singe ron stage was equally awesome! great ambiance for a nice relaxed date!
67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA