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“Spectacular” views of St Paul’s vie for attention with the theatre of Texas pit smokers, fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens at Jamie Oliver’s buzzy “cathedral to fire and food” – located in the One New Change shopping centre. In culinary terms, this isn’t a broad church: a scattering of fish dishes aside, Barbecoa is a temple to meat consumption, from starters of crispy pig’s cheeks to the £26 Wagyu burger or the “exquisitely smoky, rich” short rib. Steaks are the main event, including rump with coal-charred aubergine and the mighty £75 chateaubriand for two, served with truffle butter. Drinks compete with beef for the favours of City diners, with Burgundies and Bordeaux at trophy-bagging prices alongside “exceptionally good” cocktails and what is claimed to be the UK’s biggest selection of American whiskies. Quibbles about service remain, and not all readers are convinced the experience lives up to the expense, but the place has undeniable swagger.

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    The Food Connoisseur :: Make One New Change 2015 - Barbecoa

    After the tea and cake break, we headed over to Barbecoa, a barbeque restaurant and butcher owned by Jamie Oliver. By the reception, you see whole animals hanging inside glass chambers. Interior has dark themes and with some Tom Dixon design elements.

    Guided upstairs, we sat inside a cushy booth with plush leather seating overlooking St Pauls. The staff is super friendly and attentive, all smiles and very knowledgeable about the food...
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Jamie Oliver

Cheeky chappy Jamie Oliver went from River Café sous-chef to household name overnight and is now better-known as a TV star, foodie campaigner and cookbook flogger than as a hands-on chef. He’s also achieved a great deal as a restaurateur, from his celebrated training establishment Fifteen (est. 2002) to his allcomers’ high-street chain Jamie’s Italian (now with nearly 40 branches). His high-rolling barbecue brand Barbecoa opens a second site in 2015.

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