With shedloads of amazing restaurants to choose from in London, it takes a fair bit for me to keep coming back. But Barbecoa have managed to captivate my interest, with classic yet creative dishes and INCREDIBLE views.
Earlier this month, I put my birthday hat on (metaphorically, at least), and celebrated with Bookatable’s Feast on London Lunch and Early Supper Menu. So basically, treating ourselves to some down to earth yet fancy-feeling food without the fine dining price tag…
*complimentary review meal – however, we paid upfront, and the restaurant had no knowledge of the review*
As it was still relatively early (and a Monday evening), the restaurant was pretty quiet when we arrived at 6.30, and we were shown to a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows with a stunning view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Definitely one of the selling points of Barbecoa, enjoying dinner while the sun goes down on the cathedral’s dome is a real highlight – but the food’s pretty brilliant too.
Normally, a main course would cost between £19 – £35 (more if you want a fancy cut of steak), but for the Feast on London Lunch and Early Supper Menu, you can get yourself two courses for £28, or three courses for £32. Obviously we went for the three course option because…dessert, plz.
There are three starters, four mains and three desserts to choose from on the Feast on London menu, including some Barbecoa favourites.
I chose the Beef and Roast Onion Broth, and can hands down say it’s probably one of the best onion soups I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Rich and layered flavours come through from the meaty taste, with chunks of beef hiding below the surface. The cheese-topped, crunchy toast was the perfect complement for mopping up the soup. Clean bowls over here!
I also had a taste of the Korean Wings, which were spicier than I expected, but very enjoyable. A crisp coating and soft chicken, with plenty of sauce to pack in some real kick.
For the main course, I went for a classic Barbecoa meat cut, ordering the Rump Steak (£4 supplement). Cooked medium rare, it had a tender, buttery texture – a little on the small side in terms of my appetite, but well-cooked and fresh regardless.
The Pit Smoked Pork Shoulder was a slightly more inventive dish, with soft pulled pork served on top of savoury waffle. The BBQ beans and pickle gave it a real Southern feel, and the flavour combinations worked really well together.
The last time I went to Barbecoa, I fell head over heels for the Snickersphere dessert – so choosing anything else to polish off my dinner with would have been unthinkable. I can confirm that the ice-cream and peanut filled chocolate sphere is still wonderful, basically like a Snickers ice cream bar but much fancier.
During dessert, I was presented with a chocolate truffle, on a plate that had ‘Happy Birthday’ written out in chocolate sauce – a small but really nice, personal touch that was definitely appreciated. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I definitely felt special on my birthday – so thanks, Barbecoa team!
The Feast on London Lunch/Early Supper Menu at Barbecoa is served Monday–Friday 11.30am–6.30pm & Saturday 12pm–5pm.
20 New Change, London EC4M 9AG