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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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Now I hate Jamie Oliver as much as the next person, but, whilst every time those grating Sainsbury commercials come on I just want to take something large and heavy and batter him around the head, he does have a great brand. This brand comes from actually being able to cook, plus being a great marketer. It is just a shame that the latter is now more important than the former.
Much like the boy himself, Barbecoa seems to divide opinion very neatly between really hate and really love. I wouldn’t put myself in the really love this restaurant category, but it is no where near as bad as, having read some of the reviews below, I thought it was going to be. Maybe they have upped the game since opening, but I actually kind of like this place. Not so much that I wouldn’t still batter the living crap out of the annoying little tic, but I’d eat at the restaurant again.
Many years ago my office used to be on the site of what now looks like the stealth boat from Tomorrow Never Dies. Our canteen, which was on the ground floor, directly under what is now Barbecoa, was nothing to write home about, but I did once have an office that shared the same magnificent view over St Pauls. And this is a great selling point: big wide windows, terrific view. Shame that the room is L shaped and we were at a table with a view of the table with a view of the table that had the view of St Pauls.
The place is cavernous, double height industrial chic; all bare metal, brick and air conditioning ducts. The kitchen is open (or at least glassed off), with views over the barbeque pit and the grill.
We just had mains, and they were all rather tasty: the Lamb skewer was a couple of kebabs, some so-so mushrooms, and a big slick of what was advertised as ‘wet polenta’, but I’d never have guessed. It was very pleasant. Even if I had wanted the special, which had run out by the time I’d ordered it. Never mind, lamb kebab is never a bad choice, and this was solid chunks of Baa Baa, pink on the inside, charred on the out, with hint of grated lemon rind. The brined chicken came with creamed corn. I hate creamed corn, but it seemed to go down well enough with my companion who chose this, as did the plaice with my other companion. This was simply grilled with a small watercress salad. Simple foods, well cooked. There is little more to say about the food, or indeed little more that you could want from the cooking at any barbeque restaurant.
Service is ok; they got the orders right, they weren’t intrusive, they didn’t try and push us hard to ‘upscale’ with extras and didn’t really bother us, which again is all you really want at a place like this.
I may only have come here as Bread Street Social was fully booked, but I will definitely be back. Hopefully a little closer to the table with the view of the table with a view of St Pauls.