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The Barbary Coast evokes images of an exotic land of traders and pirates – and it provides inspiration for the second London restaurant from the team behind The Palomar. Like its big brother, The Barbary offers an enticing blend of Israeli cooking with Mediterranean ingredients, but also adds North African spices and cooking techniques. You’ll find a warm welcome and lively vibe in the cosy interior, which echoes a Middle Eastern courtyard with an open kitchen at its heart. No bookings are taken and there are just 24 counter seats. Breads are freshly baked: warm Jerusalem bagel comes with a traditional paper twist of za’atar spice for dipping. The short menu is divided into land (meat), sea (fish) and earth (vegetarian) dishes – all deftly spiced and seasoned, making flavours sing. We were transported to the Middle East with rich, tender Persian goat stew, slow-cooked for eight hours with turmeric, root veg and pomegranate juice. Perfectly grilled swordfish was simply served with capers, roast garlic and vine tomatoes. Desserts are sweet and fragrant – Beirut nights (semolina pudding with rose syrup) lives up to its name with enticing flavours – and another boon is the drinks list, encompassing trendy orange wines, vermouth and arak. 

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The Barbary

16 Neal's Yard ,London WC2H 9DP

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Avoid if more than three people

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Mar 2017

The food and atmosphere is great (apart from one dish that was burnt), although my impression could potentially have been influenced by numbed senses from the excruciatingly long wait. I arrived at 8pm on a Friday, put my name down for a company of three and was informed it would take an hour or just over an hour - fine by me. Two hours later and we had still not been seated, odd given ALL other companies of two had been seated. When we finally got a place at the desk we were informed that basically...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 2

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The Barbary

16 Neal's Yard ,London WC2H 9DP

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A hidden gem

by   bronze reviewer (8)

Oct 2016

I stumbled upon this place quite by accident, before it's rise through the social networks and reviews from the likes of Time Out and Marina O'Loughlin (someone whose reviews I read often). The original plan was to go to Home Slice a few doors down, but with the queue being out the door we decided to go for drinks first. When our hunger outgrew our thirst we left the wine bar and headed outside when this place caught our eye, it was late so were in the mood for the current trend of smaller...

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Mike S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Barbary

16 Neal's Yard ,London WC2H 9DP

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Great expectations comfortably met

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Sep 2016

I was lucky enough to be one of the early visitors to the Palomar and loved it the first time I went and also on every subsequent visit. Day or night, counter or table, it never failed to impress. Indeed, getting a booking there now is notoriously difficult. From the same team now comes their second offering, The Barbary, a tiny outlet located in Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard area. If the Palomar takes its logical inspiration from Israel, drawing on both the Mediterranean to the west and the Middle...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Blogorama :: Blogarama

    I LOVE The Palomar, so when I read that they had opened The Barbary, a new restaurant in Covent Garden it instantaneously jumped to the top of my list of must try restaurants. They don’t take reservations and all 20 or so seats are on the counter, around the kitchen. At Palomar, the counter seats are the place to be so why not have an all counter restaurant.
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    Life of Shayan - My Blog :: Life of Shayan - The Barbary

    So when the Life of Shayan get happy with one place they like to go again. You will all know how happy I was with The Palomar, therefore when I found out that they had a little brother, I had to go.
    The Barbary is slightly hidden in Neal&s Yard and having just launched, I only recently saw the shining lights.
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    Quieteating amp Travels in search of quiet eating :: QuieteatingThe Barbary

    A fairly recurrent motif in the London restaurant scene at the moment is the second restaurant effect. A new independent restaurant starts up, becomes successful and then opens their second restaurant. Sometimes, this is good – standards are maintained and it becomes (ever so slightly) easier to get a table in a hotspot. Sometimes, this is not the case, quality seems to get diluted as talent is spread a bit more thinly – sometimes a piece of string can only be stretched so far before it breaks. If the second try is successful (or even if it isn’t), the second location is now often followed by a third establishment...
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