When planning a trip to London with the Curly One I decided to treat him to a restaurant that I’ve been wanting to visit for a while, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa. This restaurant is in a newly built centre with lots of shops and restaurants to choose from and is behind St Paul’s Cathedral.
There is also the Barbecoa Butchers shop on the ground level which we didn’t have time to visit on this occasion.
To get to the restaurant you can enter via the reception area which is opposite Next or go to the centre of the building and get the lift to the first floor then turn right as you leave the lift. Barbecoa is round the corner on your right. If you go via the reception you will need to go up two flights of stairs.
On entering the restaurant we were wowed by the city views, especially the view of St Paul’s Catherdral. As you enter the restaurant from the lift you pass the kitchen which is open to the restaurant through a large hatch with lots of flames and the smell of smoked barbecued meat.
Lots of comfy booths for groups to sit at.
We were sat at a table for two in the window opposite St Paul’s, what a wonderful background to our meal.
We were served by a lovely lady who explained some of the dishes to us and said they get to try the food and she could highly recommend everything.
We visited on a Sunday and were offered the Sunday Roasts although on the website it says this would have to be ordered in advance.
The menu is full of meat and more meat with some fish too, not the ideal restaurant for a vegetarian but as we’re huge carnivores there was plenty for us to choose from.
We both ordered a cocktail… why is it that the men in my life always order the cocktail in the girly glass?!
I chose a BOURBON ICED TEA Tea-Infused Evan Williams Bourbon, Crème de Pêche, Cranberry, Apple, Lemon, Bitters & Ginger Ale and the Curly One ordered a HERBAL RYEMEDY Oak-Smoked Vodka, Rittenhouse 100 Rye, Chartreuse Yellow, Lemon & Orange Bitters.
For our starters we chose BARBECOA SOURDOUGH with Chicken Butter and a portion of SMOKED & FRIED WINGS with Comeback Sauce, Apple, Spring Onion
The sauce on the chicken wings was wonderful!
The main courses all sounded delicious but we finally decided on SHORT RIB Beer Bread, Cabbage and Cherry Tomatoes for me and BURGER 8oz Wagyu, Truffled Short Rib, Porcini, Onions, Westcombe for the Curly One.
We’d ordered a portion of BEEF-DRIPPING CHIPS Volpaia Vinegar, Maldon Salt to share between us.
Coffees were ordered while we chatted and thought about the dessert menu.
I loved the personalised Barbecoa sugar.
So desserts, usually my favourite course and always the hardest to choose.
After a lot of consideration I chose the PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE Black Cherries
The Curly One was stuck on his decision so we decided to ask what the SWEET TREAT BOARD was… oh my… it had mini versions of the LEMON MERINGUE TART Mandarin, PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE Black Cherries and BARBECOA BROWNIE Raspberries as well as a Chocolate Macaroon.
Wowzers is the only way to explain this dessert. A sweet treat indeed!
Why do desserts never last long?
If you’re in London and want to go somewhere new with great tasty food I’d definitely recommend Barbecoa, slightly expensive but well thought out fishes using good quality ingredients.
Will I be going back? Definitely! Mr C is already thinking that he missed out so another trip to London and eating at Barbecoa will be planned for early 2015.
My only downside would be the toilets. Very dark and hard to see once you lock yourself in the cubicle. Great hand soap and hand cream from Cowshed but the black interior and dark lighting didn’t seem to fit with the style of the restaurant.
Where to find Barbecoa:
20 New Change Passage
Telephone 020 3005 8555
To book a table go to http://www.barbecoa.com/booking
The menu does change so if you really want something don’t wait until next visit!
I have not been asked or paid to make this review. All comments are my own.