There’s so many restaurants out there these days offering this, that and the other that it is sometimes difficult to know where to start.
But occasionally we want to forget all the fancy stuff and just want to sit down to a plateful of good old traditional British grub - and there’s nothing more traditional than a whacking great portion of fish and chips.
The newest arrival on Doncaster’s restaurant scene is Harry’s Fish Bar at Dunsville.
Already long-established as a takeaway chippy, owners Harry and Christina Raouna have expanded their empire with the opening of a new, stylish and tastefully decorated 60-seat restaurant alongside which serves up a mouthwatering menu of fish shop favourites.
Harry and Christy have a long history of working in and running chip shops but have always wanted to run their own restaurant - and walking inside, its instantly clear how they’ve finally achieved their dream.
The licensed restaurant is comforting and cosy - and ideal for everything from quiet romantic dinners to family meals and packed parties.
On a recent visit, my partner and I left feeling full and happy and eagerly planning a return visit after tucking into a tea that more than hit the spot.
For a starter, we tucked into one of Harry’s special creations, his Greek Cypriot roots behind the delicious and tender fish kofte, homemade and packed with huge chunks of fish - the perfect appetiser for a main course.
And that’s where Harry’s really comes into its own.
I opted for haddock and chips - with a side of mushy peas, naturally, while my partner went for the wholetail scampi.
We both had groaning platefuls - and the haddock was so huge it was jutting off the end of the plate.
The chips were golden and cooked to perfection and the batter on the fish crisp, yet fluffy and moist - in short, just how fish and chips should be. And the scampi too was just how it should be - golden and tender and mouthwateringly delicious.
There was still room for desserts and Harry’s offers a superb array of naughty but nice homemade treats - and we both managed to find space for slices of beautifully presented puddings.
If you are looking for some of Doncaster’s best fish and chips and more besides, then Harry’s is certainly the ‘plaice’ to be!
Opening times are 11.30am-9pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 11.45am-9pm
Bookings can be made on 01302 882902.
* Darren Burke