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|Address:||20 New Change Passage, London EC4M 9AG|
|Tel:||020 3005 8555|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11.30-11pm (Sat 12N- ) Sun 12N-10pm|
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I visited Barbecoa recently with my family and was left feeling a bit…underwhelmed.
On arrival we were ushered to the cloakroom where they took our coats and the receptionist told us that we had to vacate our table by 9pm, i generally dislike an ‘out time’ but tonight this was no problem as we were off to catch a show at 9.30pm. We were given a table looking out at St Paul's Cathedral and given menus. Being a family of meat eaters we got pretty excited by the thought of lamb leg steak, fillet steak and pulled pork shoulder.
Our waitress eventually came over half an hour later to our table to take a drinks order (i thought they wanted us to be out by 9pm?) and we ordered breads at the same time for fear of having to wait another half hour for service. The drinks and breads were brought to the table and a couple of minutes later our waitress popped back to the table to explain to us what the breads were…but not before cursing her colleague who obviously didn't do it for her. The breads were absolutely delicious and i had to stop myself from filling up on them as i wanted to save room for the main event – the meat! The kitchen is very impressive, you get a clear view right into it as you walk around the restaurant. Two of the biggest tandoori ovens i've ever seen – no wonder, for all of that yummy bread. The equipment is still all new and sparkly, obviously well looked after by Adam and his brigade.
For the first time ever all four of us ordered a different starter and main course to each other and i started with the beef tartare. It was an excellent choice and of course i couldn't resist dipping into my dad's calamari and my brother's ribs. My dad chose a Chateauneuf du Pape from the wine list which was divine and a perfect match with our mains. My fillet steak was slightly overcooked but saved by the fact that it was such a beautiful cut of meat and my dad's rump steak was a little under for his liking. Nonetheless the food was fantastic, and i would have expected nothing less from Jamie Oliver and his commitment to high quality produce.
No time for dessert as service was a bit slow and we had to leave for our show.
A little over priced? Maybe. Especially as the interior seemed a bit sterile and you could imagine one in every shopping centre in London. It was really filling up by the time we left and the atmosphere was getting quite buzzy.
Perhaps ‘underwhelmed’ is a little unfair but having visited Jamie's Italian where the concept is perfectly matched by it's interior design i felt as if more effort had gone into the menu than the restaurant itself. But the menu is, without a doubt, spot on.
Would i visit again? If i wasn't picking up the bill, yes.