Harley House Bar & Grill
If you don’t know it’s there, Harley House can be easy to miss. Its basement location means that most of its traffic comes via word of mouth.
The restaurant specialises in Peruvian food and specialty cocktails that reflect the flavours of the country. Head chef Jack Hawkins and offsider Luciano Vanini have developed a menu mostly inspired by the dishes of Lima, Peru’s capital, playing homage to cevicherias, picanterias (lunchtime restaurants), and street vendors alike.
While ceviche is the signature dish at Harley House, other choices include chargrilled anticuchos (meat) skewers, corn and feta empanadas, cassava chips and pork tamales.
Pisco – Peru’s national spirit – dominates the extensive cocktail list. The bartenders balance bitter tonics and spices in creations such as the Green Monkey (chilli-and-ginger-infused pisco, lime and lemongrass) and the Spiced Mojito (house-made spiced rum, mint, lime, ginger beer and cinnamon syrup).
The beer menu includes Asahi, Mountain Goat and Estrella, alongside a small selection of craft beers. The wine list is extensive, with over 100 bottles sourced primarily from Victoria, South Australia and South America.
The space is decorated with rotating contemporary art and street-art-style installations that cover the white-tiled alcoves.