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62 Goodge Street , London, W1T 4NE

020 7436 9448

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SquareMeal Review of Barrica

Barrica is the real deal. It looks and feels like a genuine Spanish hangout (classic chequerboard floor, marble-topped bar, hams hanging from the ceiling), it refuses to peddle touristy clichés and it also eschews the flashy gastronomic strokes of the Iberian new wave. Instead, the emphasis is on no-nonsense traditional tapas designed for the everyday Spanish palate. Nibble on zanahorias (Seville spiced carrots), white asparagus and pickled aubergines before taking on the likes of char-grilled squid, braised veal cheeks with Pedro Ximénez, or pork and oxtail albondigas (meatballs). There’s also an enormous selection of artisan cured meats (lomo, cecina, morcilla bellota) and regional cheeses (villarejo, bleu-veined cabrales, semi-soft garrotxa), with basic sherry-pairing suggestions to match. Reports of service are mixed, although the deliberately laid-back attitude often adds to the charm.

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Barrica is recommended for

Group Dining 8 Plus | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Goodge Street Tube Station 354m

Oxford Circus Tube Station 417m

Address

Address: 62 Goodge Street , London W1T 4NE

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-4pm 5.30-11.30pm Sat 12N-11.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Courtauld (U.C.L.) 169m

Contemporary Applied Arts 278m

Details

Telephone: 020 7436 9448

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Cuisine: Spanish Tapas

8.3

Food & Drink: 8.2

Service: 7.8

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 7.3

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Amy M. gold reviewer 30 October 2016

I had eaten twice before in Barrica a few years ago and always left underwhelmed and oddly, without a complete order. My friend suggested we go for a light lunch and so I agreed, as maybe I was previously unlucky. Nope. We ordered tortilla, a staple. Well. It was flat (literally), no thicker than my index finger, dry and had clearly been microwaved. Not to mention that for £4.50 it was the stingiest piece I had ever seen. Considering that three doors down the Salt Yard is serving a beautifully gooey and fresh sharing "whole" tortilla for the same price, I would have been mortified to serve it, if it was me. I pointed this out to the waitress and asked her when it was made and she confirmed that it was that morning and so it had been reheated. That was actually the high point. We ordered red lentils with beetroot, which was entirely flavourless, I don't think it had even seen salt and pepper and at best tepid, again indicating a microwave was involved. The chargrilled leek with goats cheese was inedible. The leek was tough and the cheese sauce was as bad as the Coleman's packet. Even the padron peppers were flacid! The best part of the meal was the rosemary nuts. The bill came to £66 with a cheap end bottle of wine and no tortilla, for the 4 vegetarian dishes, and as someone who quite happily spends that a head without thinking about it, I think for what we got, that's a lot. There are so many good (and average) tapas restaurants in London and even within a stone's throw of Barrica, if this is the standard, I can't see how they will survive. Absolutely terrible.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Lorna W. bronze reviewer 22 July 2016

The Tapas choices available and wine selection on offer is sufficient and what you would expect from a Tapas restaurant. All the meat dishes we chose were cooked to perfection, most notably the melt in the mouth steak slices and a wonderfully moist and tasty chicken, lemon and garlic dish. We also had an interesting chickpea and manchego cheese dish which turned up a rich beetroot red colour stained which made the chickpeas look a lot more palatable than their natural colour! We had a very relaxed lunch, catching up and doing a bit of business. So relaxed in fact that we were shocked when we looked at the time and discovered it was past 3.30! The service was nice and leisurely not intrusive, the air conditioning worked a treat which was fab in the mini three days of tropical Summer temperatures we experienced this week. So, if you like Tapas and enjoy trying new places give this a go. There is scaffolding outside so don't walk past it at first like we did.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sue B. bronze reviewer 17 March 2016

I've decided that all my restaurant reviews will contain warnings not only whether one can hear what your fellow dinner companions are saying (always a plus on such social occasions I feel) but also able to actually see the menu to read it. You'll be pleased to know that you can hear each other speak in this latest and amiable Spanish tapas restaurant. A party of six, we all had to use our smartphones to read the menu and even when the food came it was dark enough that I didn't know what one of the dishes was even when eating it. The food was OK but not outstanding, the staff were friendly, the atmosphere enjoyable. Was it memorable? Probably not. Nothing compares to The Opera Tavern which is sublime in terms of its Spanish cuisine but I don't think this restaurant is in competition with that in any event. We paid £46/head with drinks. Oh, yes the gin menu is great! That made me happy.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Alana F. 12 February 2016

Came here for a client lunch, one person had severe food allergies which we alerted the restaurant to prior to arriving. On arrival we were presented with a menu that highlighted the "safe dishes" for our guest, which made the ordering process seamless. There was a large wine list, and the staff were happy to help navigate it for us. Food and service were both impeccable. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. Great for a nice/casual lunch or date night. Very much recommended.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Tim H. gold reviewer 16 December 2015

Fabulous food, drink and service!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

pip l. 13 November 2015

There are 2 tapas bars practically next to each other on Goodfe St - this one is the more interesting of the two - different dishes that you don't normally find - new interesting combinations- all really tasty ! The wine list also has different wines and none of the usual contenders so you are forced to try something new and brilliant. It's trendy clientele, lots of advertising folks with trendy glasses - go !

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Renate N. 04 September 2015

Excellent food at good prices. Nice, pleasant interior when not too many tables are occupied, but FAR too noisy when full. We were extremely unlucky eating there at luchtime today with a very noisy rowdy table who had no consideration for other customers, but we were told by regulars that it always tends to be loud.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Cullinary Kate bronze reviewer 07 February 2014

For me this maybe the best Spanish restaurant in London for many reasons. We had a phone call in the afternoon to ask if we would mind sitting at the bar, having never been before I wasn’t keen on the idea. Now I have to say I don’t think I would want to sit anywhere else. The waiter interacted with us perfectly from behind the bar, making suggestions when needed but without hovering over us or disturbing our conversation. He had the perfect blend of knowledge and discretion. With an impressive selection of wine it was hard to select which one to opt for. Without even being asked the waiter prepares us samples of the wines we were stuck between. We went for a rather fetching bottle of Elias Mora Tinta de Toro Semi-Crianza. At £36, it was a bit more than what we had hoped to spend, but the aroma was rich and fruity and came together extremely well with all the dishes we ordered, and we did order a lot. We started off with the Jamon Bellota, white asparagus and tortilla followed by the perfect classics ham croquettas and patatas bravas which were superbly done. We had some remarkable surprizes with the unusual but spectacular combination of leek and rhubarb and the delectable smoked duck and red current toast. Other gems include the braised veal cheeks and Iberico pork shoulder, delightful meat with subtle Spanish seasoning. We must have tried nearly everything on the menu as well as ordering 3 portions of the croquettas (one is never enough), each dish more satisfying and surprising than the last. The waiter brought us some samples of their finest Iberian cured meats which was very much appreciated; the nice thing was he seemed genuinely pleased for the praise we bestowed upon each dish. I don’t think the value of meeting a waiter that cares can be underestimated as they are few and far between in London these days. Sitting close together at the bar made for a very romantic touch to the evening, I almost got lost in the Spanish ambience and charming setting and felt like I was on a break in Barcelona. As well as being blessed with a genius chef and clued-up waiters the whole restaurant just oozes of fun. The dishes are not all recognisable classics but that is the simple beauty of it as everything is superb. This restaurant serves up excitement by the plateful and gives a much needed touch of summer in an otherwise dreary winter.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Cath S. 18 November 2013

2 of us took 2 very comedic clients for an afternoon of great food and very friendly staff in a relaxed and very Spanish atmosphere. Lots of laughter.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

gr h. 03 May 2013

6 tapas. 3 out of 6 weren't what we ordered. beer turned up with the bill. otherwise – reasonable food.