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.
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.