Restaurant Reviews

Harpoon Harry: Restaurant review

Harpoon Harry


40-44 Wentworth Avenue
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW


Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


E $18-$24
M $28-$38
D $12


"DINE DRINK DANCE" reads the motto on the Harpoon Harry website, just in case the name didn't already alert would-be customers to the fact that this probably isn't the place to bring nonagenarian relatives or the otherwise infirm. If James Brown's design for this glammed-up pub dining room, bold of tile and capital of letter, doesn't get the pacemakers ticking, the modish, natural-leaning wine list might. And then there's Morgan McGlone's menu. It takes Nashville, the chef's one-time home, as its pole star, but roams the US, placing succotash alongside pork ribs, smoked low and slow in the St Louis style. Delicacy is not the forte here - the Fraser Island crab in a ravigote is blasted by an overabundance of coarsely cut pickled lemon - so the wise follow the road of excess, revelling in shrimp and grits (aka prawns on gravy-rich white cornmeal) and meaty pork chops. Hit the bourbon trolley to finish in true Southern style.

(02) 8262 8800

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Morgan McGlone

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.