What surprised me most about this place is that it's so massive! Seemed to carry on for ages around corners as the waitress led us to the bar area to wait for our table. Still manages to keep a buzzing, friendly feel though with almost every table occupied on a Tuesday lunchtime.
I went for the burger which was good though nothing to rave about - cooked a nice medium rare just as I'd asked and held its structure well (nothing worse than a soggy bun). The duck fat chips were always going to be tasty. My colleagues also seemed to enjoy the steaks though put them on a par with a Hawksmoor; these are on the pricey side as you'd expect, up to the £75 chateaubriand for two.
More exciting turned out to be the starting nibbles - two rounds of pork scratchings disappeared pretty quick and don't miss the bread board. They must also have some mutant olive breeding going on given the size of the giant puglian olives on ice. Ahh that reminds me to warn you that the small open pots on the table are salt and pepper; a colleague managed to mistake these for a place to chuck his olive stones (sorry to whoever got our table next).
All A-OK so far then but I was further impressed by the staff who were attentive in re-filling wine glasses (almost overly so!) and handled a party of 12 with minimal confusion and fuss. The place itself is welcoming and I loved the unique view of St Paul's from where we sat (you can ask to sit on this side in advance - would make an extra nice backdrop for a date I think).
A nice choice for a spendy meal if you're after the 'busy and bustling' vibe rather than 'peacefully intimate'. Seems to be holding its own against Ramsay's (also massive) place opposite too. I'm not rushing back for the food given there's so much out there to try, but I did manage to scope out an exciting cocktail list which I'll hopefully try at a later date.
I've finally found the best steak in London. It was a taste I'll never forget!
Barbecoa is Jamie Oliver's steak restaurant with gorgeous views of St Paul's Cathedral. The restaurant is lovely - dimly lit with large seating areas. Perfect for corporate entertaining.
They sell steak on the bone (t-bone or ribeye) which is very unusual. I ordered a ribeye on the bone served medium rare. It was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Delicious. It came with a sauce of my choice and some lovely sides.
I thought the starters (we had mixed starters of chicken lollipops - not so great, calamari - lovely, ribs - lovely, parma ham and mozarella - lovely, tempura vegetables - lovely) were delish.
I also had a taste of the rhubarb panacotta which was irresistible. Will I be going back? hell yes.
A disappointing experience. I went there with the expectation of having a really good steak, probably also due to the reputation of Jamie Oliver. Well, my experience was a very different one. The place was packed until the last seat, and it is quite loud, but this didn't bother me too much. But then the steak came. I ordered the Dry-Aged Ribeye, and it was, well, just a very average steak. It was chewy as hell, and my plate was filled with chunks of meat I was unable to swallow.
The sauce I ordered as a side was a joke. Truffle Gravy sounds really tempting, but all you get is a watery, thin liquid with a tiny slice of dry Black Truffle inside. As a condiment, the sauce is unusable, because it tastes like, well, water.
Did I expect something REALLY different from Jamie Oliver? Yes, absolutely. Was it worth the money? Absolutely not. I guess a good show master doesn't make a good chef automatically.
It takes a lot for me to award 5 stars, but Jamie Oliver deserves each of them.
As you approach from the outside on the main floor you see the meat aging in the meat locker. I knew right away this was going to be good. The dining room winds around the kitchen with a giant window that over looks the charcoal fired grill, just watching the meat sizzle was mesmerizing. The smell of hickory fills the dining, close your eyes and you would think you were in the Southern US at State Fair. Very industrial look, but warm and inviting. We were 4 people and were seated very close to the fabulous window onto the grill, turn your head and the breath taking dome of St Paul's is the view. They had great bankettes for groups of 8 to 10 that looked very inviting.
Treat yourself with the breadboard to start. Wonderful sample of fresh, soft, crispy, salty... I could have eaten bread all night. I had the beef tartare for a starter. Perfect compliment is lemon and capers on crispy toasted bread. Again I could have eaten that all night. For a main I had the Pulled Pork with a side of garlic mashed. The fall apart pork melted in my mouth and loved the Jalapeño Cornbread, again I could go back and treat myself to a loaf of the perfectly hot bread.
This isn't the place for everyone, but I loved it. Would go again and again. I recommend Barbecoa to anyone in London who wants Southern US style BBQ. Save up your £'s and treat yourself. I will be back.
For the name, location, and service the food did not match in terms of quality. Chicken lollipops and rib appetizers were dry. The duck fat chips were...well chips, and the ribeye was well nothing to get excited about. I was at Jamie's Italian a week before and was pleased but this place was an overpriced flop.
We had actually planned on going for a late - 1340 - brunch (albeit without a reservation) only to discover their brunch ends at 1300. Absurdly early imo so worth taking note of.
Really airy, spacious restaurant with high ceilings that features large glass windows with nice views of St Paul's. I didn't pay too much attention to the decor so I'm going to assume it was understated and tasteful.
Was marginally annoyed at having to pay lunch prices (because their brunch is notably cheaper) but anyway, I ordered the short ribs and they were so so good. Tender, fatty and just with this really nice smokey flavour. It's served on a bed of mash and watercress. The watercress did add to it though I felt there should have been more. The mash was also perfect. Creamy without being too thick and with a somewhat meaty sauce on it. I'd reccomend it to anyone.
Had a side of duck fat chips which were also excellent.
Also tried a bite of my friend's T-bone steak. Thought it was good but wasn't really worth £37. Hawksmoor/Goodman is definitely better.
For dessert we shared the brownie with popcorn and salted caramel ice cream. The texture of the brownie was surprisingly rich and almost leaned towards chocolate cake. It was very good as well though not in the same league as the short ribs.
Service was impeccable. Probably helped by the fact that the restaurant was quite empty but our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive.
Pretty solid beer selection. Tried the dark lager they had on tap and found it to be particularly enjoyable.
It's OK: nice space, great view.
Lovely chicken liver, delicious calamari. Good filet steak. BUT £16 for a LARGE(ish) glass of very average Pinot Noir? £156 for 2? Absolutely not worth it. Jamie is enjoying city slickers and wealthy tourists..
In NYC or Chicago, $220 would get me a much better meal and dining experience...
A Jaimie Oliver spot that was recommended by a vendor. Felt odd that we were eating American fare in London--it turned to be fine depending on what you ordered. 3.5 stars
Food: 3.5, Service: 3, Atmosphere: 4
Cost to worth it rating: 3
Return worthiness: maybe
- Ribs: awesome flavor in the thick sauce that covered the large ribs with extra spice from slices of little red chilies
- Cold scallop appetizer: liked the combo of the grapefruit citrus and slivers of hot pepper
- Pulled pork and waffle: not too shabby (coming from the wife of a southern guy)
- Peanut butter and jelly sundae: how could you not order that???
- Atmosphere: semi-circle shaped dining room raised so you have a view of St Paul
- Cocktails: some fun ones featuring bourbon especially appreciated the sparkling cocktail menu
- Fried calamari: just ok
- Fish: don't get this dish. It was the kind cooked in a bag and instead of being moist with flavors steamed in, it was dry and flavorless
- Pecan pie: I'm usually a fan but did not enjoy this version
Had an good time here, but not sure I'd return with so many stellar dining options around London (and being a visitor from America).
Shizz is expensive, but the food, view (St. Paul's is just casually hanging out in the background) and experience are amazing!
I came here with my aunt and two of her friends on a Friday night. We had some lovely Prosecco to start, along with some finger foods - a bread board and pork scratchings. (I had never tried pork scratchings before, but I now understand the name... I felt my tooth enamel "scratching" away.) It wasn't the greatest, but the bread made up for it; 'twas moist, salty and even a little bit nutty. Deelish.
One of my dinner buddies coerced me into ordering a "Death in the Afternoon" cocktail, made with Absinthe. It was (surprisingly) lovely. Our entrees and and side orders were AMAZING. I got the tiger prawns (a starter) as my main, with creamed spinach, duck fat chips and ash-cooked sweet potatoes. Even though they were good, I barely touched the chips because the other sides were TO DIE FOR. They topped the creamed spinach with bread crumbs, which made for the perfect texture and taste. I tried my dinner buddy's rump steak, which was without a doubt the best steak I'd ever had.
The waitstaff was experienced and pleasant, there were windows into the kitchen (which is insane, speaking as a former waitress... restaurant kitchens are usually loud, testosterone-filled and crazy!) and we didn't have much of a wait for food. The only complaint is that the music was much too loud, so we had to yell to hear each other, which is always annoying.
This Jamie Oliver restaurant focuses on grilled meats and barbecue. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was as good as any I've had in the states. The service was great, the interiors were dark but clean and modern. Don't miss this: a nightime view of the lit up dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. It's a stunning view! You must be at the far reaches of the restaurant, where the floor to ceiling glass and high ceilings allow for this view to practically jump into the space. Had I not got up to go to the restroom, I would have missed it. So, no matter where you're sitting, head to the back of the restaurant and catch the view.
The bitterness of the over pricing and casual service lasts much longer than the taste of a good steak. Meat is good quality, but everything else is average. And far too expensive. Wine list too big, and sweets a complete let down. Trying to be a gourmet take on fast American food. Confusing. Bland.
Wouldn't go back unless the boss is paying.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Barbecoa. The atmosphere is incredible, with great views of St. Paul's and a warm industrial/rustic interior. It is a great mix of modern and comfortable. We enjoyed cocktails to start and the very good bread tray, but the shining star was the meat. Sara enjoyed the pork which was lean and tender with a sweet but balanced finishing sauce. I felt there might have been a hair too much sauce, as the meat didn't need much. I had the pit beef, which I was told was a boneless short rib cut, but not sure. In any event, it was delicious, tender, perfectly sauced and perfectly cooked. And plenty of it.
Dessert was good, not off the charts. But I did enjoy the bourbon infused ice cream.
Overall, a great visit. Cost wouldn't have been too bad if not in Pounds Sterling!
Went here on a Saturday night with some friends. Had the rump steak with wood-fire mushrooms and we shared the cheese plate, brownie and brioche for dessert. The steak had a huge piece of fat on it, which is a bummer when you pay per gram. It was all really yummy, but you do pay for the fact that it is an Jamie Oliver restaurant. With two glasses of wine, the bill came up to £60.
Great place to eat if you are looking for something that is not to formal but relaxed. Atmosphere was great, food was excellent service equally good.
This place has amazing food and architecture to offer. Their baby back ribs was one of the best I've EVER had ... and I've had A LOT throughout my life. They also had amazing scallop ceviche and short ribs.
My friend and I ordered wood-fired mushrooms, and they had been liberally glazed with worcestershire sauce. We also had grilled chicken, which was flavorful but a little hard. We ordered mojito and chocolate martini, and both were great as well.
Now you're wondering why I gave only 3 stars. I thought of taking off only 1 star, but the service was SO bad that I had to take 2 off. First, we tried pushing back our reservation 1 hour later because we were coming all the way from Manchester (after flying in from abroad) and the train schedules have changed. The person on the phone was extremely rude and said there won't be a table until 2 days later, even though we only wanted a table for two. So we informed her that we'd like to keep our original reservation time and date, but would be 20-30 minutes late. She then said that we would no longer have a table then.
My friend and I thought it was just plain weird. How can there be no more table? Under our original reservation, did they expect us to finish eating within 20-30 minutes?! Doesn't make any sense!
We went ahead anyway, rushing to get there in time. We even had our large luggage bags with us. They were kind enough to store it in the back, but looked displeased about doing it. Throughout the dinner, all service staff were rude and trying to rush us. I do agree with many of the reviews that they all treated our presence as an inconvenience - as if they're trying to get rid of us ASAP.
Bottom line: if you can tolerate crappy service for amazing food and drinks, this is one of the best places to go (remember, in terms of FOOD!). But if you can't stand rude wait staff, then avoid this place at all costs (don't even call in).
Brought to life by Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang, Barbecoa is billed as the UK's first barbeque steakhouse where they cook their meats in traditional wood ovens and smokers or over the flames of open fire pits.
When you enter, there' s a hostess on the ground floor and I wasn't sure we were in the right place because it was so empty and quiet, but then we went upstairs and immediately the volume changed. We walked what seemed to be the length of the dining floor to reach our table tucked at the end far away from the best view from the restaurant - the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.
This place was crowded and very loud. The view of the open kitchen and especially the sight of massive steaks cooking on the grill were mesmerizing.
We ordered a number of starters, mains and sides. While we enjoyed our meal, it was by far the most expensive on our trip and not necessarily the most memorable. Don't get me wrong it was good, but I do think we can eat just as well, if not better, and at a lower price tag back home. Anyhow we ordered:
* SEABASS CEVICHE - With yuzu, chilli, garlic, pomegranate and coriander cress. Perhaps my favorite part of the meal.
* CRISPY CALAMARI - With smashed avocado, lemon and rocket. The smallest portion of calamari I've ever seen.
* BARBECOA BURGER - With Westcombe cheddar, streaky bacon, sweet onions and chips. A decent burger, but not very memorable. I was not a fan of the bacon which was chewy and lacked a smokey taste.
* DRY-AGED SIRLOIN STEAK - With pan-roasted escarole, garlic, anchovy and lemon. It was fine, but not the best sirloin I've had.
* MASHED POTATOES - With confit garlic. I'm not big on mashed potatoes in general, but liked this side.
* CREAMED SPINACH - With toasted breadcrumbs and shallots. Also not big on creamed spinach but this is what my dining companion wanted. I had one forkful and that was enough for me.
* MARKET SALAD - With chervil vinaigrette. Nothing special, but I needed some greens.
We had to hit one fancy-shmancy joint when we were in London and we checked that off our list with Barbecoa.
To be honest I came here prepared to spend a fortune and didn't leave disappointed.
The food is ok, just ok. The starters were a waste of time and money and I would highly recommend going straight for the main course and a tasty dessert.
The steaks are very tasty, which is just as well given the price. I shared a medium rare rib eye for two persons. I would like to see the steak served on a hot platter, to avoid the fat congealing in front of your eyes, as you plough through the more than ample portion size.
The restaurant is cool, buzzy and trendy. A great place to go in a crowd, to see and be seen.
Sadly, its probably not the best value steak house in London.
For those of you don't know, this is another part of the Jamie Oliver empire only this time he has teamed up with American BBQ guru Adam Perry Lang.
I'd put this restaurant in the posh BBQ section, and can be very pricey, but in all honesty, it's worth it, the food is ace. You can also peep through the kitchen window to see where the magic happens, the bbq pit/smoker they have is awesome. Anyway, let's get down to business, the food.
I was in a party of four and we decided to share the bread board and the pork scratching's as a little appetizer, the bread was really good and the scratching's were amazing, especially with that chipotle dip.
We were off to a good start, next up the starters, I went for the smoked ribs in a spicy bbq sauce, WOW, ribs were tender, nice smokiness to them with a little chilli kick at the end, heaven! Now unlike my usual fat self I started to feel a bit full, and was dreading the challenge that was up ahead, the barbecoa burger, but when it came out it made my smile, it looked amazing, so I did the manly thing and ploughed through it like it was my first meal for weeks. The burger had a slight pink tinge to it, very juicy, the bacon gave it a nice salty smokey flavour and when mixed with the cheddear cheese they used, a very tasty burger, the duck fat chips were also very good, very heavy thou, I was now food drunk, pudding was not an option.
So my Barbecoa experience was a good one, will defiantly be heading back here to sample the other delights on the menu.
The food was simply excellent, but other factors let it down a little. Make no mistake though, this is the best fillet I have ever had.
Took my in laws there to say thanks for helping us move house. I paid and had a shock when the bill came to £240. We all had fillet steak, no starters and a bottle of wine between us.
We found the place busy, noisy and the ambience to be not so nice. There is a beautiful view out of the large windows off St Pauls, but you're jammed into the restaurant like sardines. With everyone being so close to each other and the place being so busy, it was noisy and hard to hear. There seemed to be a lot of wiating staff on too.
The service was good and our waitress friendly and knowledgable. We had some really tasty bread and then the steak just blew us away. That is what we cam for. I'd read an article sayng this was one of the best steak places in the UK and I have to agree. The fillet steak is the best I have tasted. End of.
If you love steak and are willing to shell out, then I'd give this place a try. There are a few down sides (as desribed above) but you will struggle to find better steak outside of Argentina!
My date with Barbecoa fell on a Sunday. This happens to be a time when the Square Mile practically ceases to exist. In this post-apocalyptic landscape it was a pleasant surprise to amble into a restaurant with such casually stylish interiors (courtesy of Tom Dixon, it turns out) and great floor-to-ceiling windows exposing the late, weakened sun. St Paul's is in sight and the effect of the glass facade gives the whole place a lofty and modern feel.
We were welcomed warmly and led to our table along the side of the kitchen, which can be peered into through more glass. Inside you'll see all sorts of ovens and grills and smokers and meats.
The table itself was extremely comfortable. The space in this part of the restaurant is cleverly dissected and arranged by a continuous pink leather sofa, winding its way around tables and creating semi-autonomous little dining spots. Altogether, the place is expansive - fit for 200 diners - but cosy, comfortable, stylish. I loved it. In my mind are persistent allusions to BOA Steakhouse in LA, which is a compliment wrapped in a kiss.
Our waitress was fantastic: punctual and polite but effortlessly friendly, too. We got straight to ordering, since we had already checked the menu on the way in childlike anticipation (and hunger). A note on the menu: it is among a select brotherhood of menus across the capital that come very close to matching my very own dream menu. Safe to say my expectations were high, my taste buds expectant. No pressure Jamie!
From the 'Nibbles' section we ordered Big Green Olives On Ice and Pork Scratchings with Chipotle Sauce (both £4). These were both fantastic. My favourite juicy green olives tasted salty and fresh chilled on the ice, while the pork scratchings were large and flavoursome, with that perfect combination of crunchy skin and soft fat. Perfect.
We took three starters: Seabass Ceviche, Pit-Smoked Baby Back Ribs and Burrata with San Daniele Prosciutto. The first was essentially a seabass sashimi, lightly 'cooked' in its own citrus marinade of yuzu and seasoned with chilli, garlic, pomegranate and coriander cress. It tasted fresh, as all ceviche should, and although Barebcoa sells itself as a meat-lover's paradise, they did this seafood dish pleasantly indeed.
The Pit-Smoked Baby Back Ribs were also seasoned with chilli and coriander, infusing each mouthful with a kick of spice. Underneath these added flavours and the glaze of barbecue sauce that coated the meat, there was a taste of inherent smokiness. BBQ baby back ribs are a favourite of mine, but I do prefer them simpler and with less fanciful ingredients, since all I'm really after is smoked or grilled meat with a messy smothering of sauce to finish. That's not to say that these weren't tasty, nor that the extra flavour and garnishing is a bad thing - just preference. However, these aren't the kind of ribs whose meat falls of the bone, it was more tough. In the words of Bodean's - not the kind of beef you can eat without beef!
The Burrata and Prosciutto dish came in a long oval plate, with the ingredients nestled on a bed of rocket. Amongst the cheese and ham were sweet figs and almonds, all topped off with white balsamic vinaigrette and chilli. The meat was delicious and soft, with a light, salty dryness. I was slightly underwhelmed by the burrata, firstly because there wasn't much of it in terms of ratio to the other ingredients, secondly because we mostly received the top knot part of the hard outer shell and thirdly because I absolutely love burrata. I was hoping for its rich creaminess, like the ones served at Admiral Codrington or La Petite Maison. As a whole, the dish was more of a salad and although it still worked well as such, it could have been better.
For mains we ordered the Pulled Pork Shoulder from the Texas pit smoker (£16) and the Lamb Skewers from the wood and charcoal grill (£18). My pork had a good texture, it was tender and not dry, but the barbecue sauce was a notch excessive and about the only thing I could taste - slightly one dimensional. Nevertheless I enjoyed my dish, and although I usually avoid waffles, the accompanying waffle provided a very different but somehow complimentary drier base onto which you could pile the saucy pulled pig meat. Unusual but not unenjoyable at all.
The Lamb Skewers went down well. These came in a dish of wet polenta and were accompanied by some king oyster mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese. The lamb meat was also tender and the polenta base tasted better than it looked, although not as creamy as others.
The general consensus at the table regarding the food at Barbecoa: nothing special but nothing drastically amiss. Parts of it were tremendously enjoyable and parts of it could have been better, with some dishes executed finer than others. The surroundings more than anything facilitate a relaxed and leisurely evening.
Came here last week. Mediocre service and mediocre food. It took some time to locate a cold bottle of champagne (This is supposed to be 'Upscale Jamie Oliver'). The restaurant manages to maintain an entirely soulless atmosphere despite the fact it was packed; that's no mean feat. It's a large nondescript room with a few dark tables. We had the ribeye steak which wasn't anything to write home about. We ordered some spinach and chips and coleslaw. Nothing lifted the dour taste and ambience. Couldn't bear to stay for pudding.
While I don't think the bbq is as authentic or delicious as the stuff you can find in the states, Barb was still fantastic in quality, ambience, service. Beautiful restaurant and warm service. We ordered a few appetizers to start-- the calamari, the bread platter, and some salad. All were very small portions, be warned. The bread platter was more interesting to look at than it was to eat. Some type of pumpkin-y bread (delish) and na'an, stuck together like a sailboat.
I ordered the short rib, and it was delicious. The meat was tender and well flavored, and the best part was the mash that came with the dish! I don't even want to know how much butter and cream was in it. The duck fat chips were disappointing, I thought. Tasted more greasy than anything else. It wasn't salty enough. The mixed green salad was boring. The salad with creamy bacon dressing, on the other hand, was delicious... then again you can't go wrong with bacon.
The other popular dish at my table was the pulled pork with coleslaw and waffle.
We ended the meal with fantastic espresso.
Overall a wonderful experience.
Had a work lunch here as I was in the city office, it kinda left me with a meh kinda feeling.
Don't get me wrong, it had great views of St Paul's, nice ambience, you can see all the kitchen & BBQ grills. But the food was just OK, I had the 1.1kg rib of beef to share £65, side of chips £5 & creamed spinach £5, so £90 incl drinks - lunch for two, it ain't cheap!
Jamie Oliver + Adam Perry Lang = skepticism from a huge Daisy May fan. CAN anything be as good as cafeteria style BBQ? WILL I accept anything less than uncontrollable gluttony? Yes and NO.
Barbecoa did it so goooooooooooooood for me. And yea, grammatical error intended due to severe food coma and me being semi blazed right now.
DO HAVE the bread platter to share - 4 varieties of appetite ruining deliciousness. Salt on the homemade butter? THANK YOU. Beef carpaccio? Done. Pulled pork shoulder with a SOLID bbq sauce, jalepeno (too lazy to insert the EN-YAY) corn bread and lovely 'slaw. Yes please. I could have a brick of that corn bread on ANY given Sunday, morning (what a great movie).
Across the table, the pork belly was glistening amidst delicious apple mash...portion size being the highlight of the night. There was a few minutes of silence when the creamed spinach arrived as well...all passers by had mouths agape seeing both of us shovel the wonderful greenness into our mouths. By the end of it all and after a cool bottle of California chardonnay, 2 great gelatos/sorbets (a basil KICK IN THE FACE, and bramble ripple) and tea....movement was not detected from either parties.
We ended up shutting the place down, and that's how all dinners should be. Thanks for giving us time to chill and enjoy the food, and to add a few more pounds onto the bill.
4 stars, only because it's new and the staff are clearly just getting into the swing of things. I hate walking into a place and getting greeted by vacant and confused expressions when you tell them you have a reservation. Who's serving who here? Shall I seat myself then?
The coat check is too full for our coats and our table isn't ready when we arrive for our nine o'clock reservation. The hostess asks if we would like to take a walk around. Mind you it's January and -1C outside; her offer to wander a shopping mall, in which all the shops are long shut, we decline.
We meander over to the bar and soon after we are surprised with a proposal of a table. As we cross the length of the restaurant to get to it we are taken with the excellent view of St Paul's Cathedral. What seemed full of fail now had promise. We sit down.
I take a chance - ordering the grilled vegetable salad in a BBQ joint - but when a bountiful plate of produce arrives I'm happy I did.
The pulled pork is also a delightful and savoury surprise, accompanied by slaw and cornbread. However, the creamed spinach could benefit from more texture, it's a bit too close to baby food for my liking.
This is a pretty good restaurant... provided you stick to the pork! The beef steaks are mediocre for the price. I ordered the T-bone medium rare, and it arrived well done, was tough and lacked the taste one would expect of a GBP 37 steak. I don't believe the lack of taste was due to the steak being overcooked - I tend to like my steak on the rare side, but for most people's tastes, it would have been fine. Instead, the quality of the meat was inferior to what I've experienced in other London steakhouses, and given the price, I expected better.
On a previous visit I ordered the chateaubriand. It was good, but again, I have had better.
In short, if you crave steak, and want that melt-in-your-mouth feeling, go to Goodmans or Hawksmoor. Barbecoa strikes me as the type of restaurant trying to compete with the likes of Hawksmoor and Goodmans, but is simply not in their league. Sure, the view of St.Paul's is great. It's a Jamie Oliver restaurant, but that doesn't make the steak taste any better! Having said this, I would return, but only to eat the Texas style BBQ pork.
A well thought out and executed concept with stunning views.
Service spot in from the start and everyone we encounters couldn't have been more polite or helpful.
Food ranged from good to exceptional. The pickles good and starters (pigs cheek & roast beetroot) booth better than good. The mains of Sirloin steak and pulled pork both cooked to perfection and exceptional.
Yes it is pricey pub food, but you wouldn't find many pubs that served this food which also tasted as good!
Not a place I would recommend to anyone. It went all wrong from the start. You are greeted by young smiley women that serve no real purpose but to annoy you, and not help you get your coats sorted out or get your cocktail order. And as you finally get your order in, they'll ask to take you to your table. Bad timing.
The whole place has a very industrial feel, which I quite liked. But with its classy open/large windows/black shiny atmosphere, it just doesn't fit the cafeteria style BBQ food. Clear mismatch here. And then you are taken to the most hideous gigantic bad taste concrete top tables - with one huge side had no seating. The thing could have accommodated 10 people. We were 4. This did not make conversation easy.
The service was slow, and not very pleasant. The guy had clearly trouble talking to us over this huge table and we actually felt a little sorry for him. Menu looked quite good, but several dishes were run out (even the special, kinda lame at 8:15pm).
We ordered the bread as an aperitivo. It came served with 250g of butter and all breads were already covered with oil. I had the crispy pig cheeks as a starter, and it was very fat and not really crispy. We had ordered wine at the beginning of dinner, but it arrived after we had finished the starter. I then had the pulled pork. It was ok, but I prefer the one at Bodean's (and it's cheaper). I skipped dessert as I felt a little sick after all that fat (probably my fault for ordering so poorly!).
Overall I was VERY disappointed by the whole thing and find the restaurant's buzz is largely over hyped. Jamie should rethink through the whole concept. It just doesn't add up, and cost a hell of a lot for ok-ish food and bad service, in a somewhat wrong decor.
The food was excellent. We had the dry-aged sirloin and fillet steak for our mains. They were a bit underdone compared to what we asked for, but I'm ok with a medium-rare when I ask for a medium.
The service was also great - our waiter was amiable, attentive and happy to answer all of our questions.
The restaurant has good decor (although a little noisy) and we had a great view of St Paul's Cathedral from our table.
Despite all of that, we probably won't go back - it's just too expensive. While my fillet steak was very nice, I think £35 is very pricey for a steak and marrow on the side.
I wasn't feeling massively hungry, so I ordered the lamb skewers, and my friend ordered the chicken (can't remember what it was called, but it was the only chicken on the menu), plus some chips.
What I liked:
- The skewer with the chunks of lamb was delish.
- The chips were also good.
- The chicken looked good.
What I disliked:
- The menu doesn't really tell you what you'll get. for example 'Lamb Skewers' translates into 'two lamb skewers with differently prepared lamb on each'. I don't believe there was any mention that the chicken came with guacamole. This works okay for basic BBQ dishes, but would be nice to have a little more description on some of the others. I shouldn't have to ask the waiter for the details of every dish on the menu. Which brings me to my second issue....
- The service was painfully slow. I didn't really mind because we were just chatting, and didn't have anywhere to be, but my god, it shouldn't take 15 minutes to get the waiter's attention and another 15 to bring a latte.
Overall a good experience, but not great. I would happily go back if someone else suggested it, but I probably wouldn't suggest it again myself.
On a flying visit to the capitol we stopped in to Jamie's place for Sunday dinner and a chilled out, lovely jubbly evening.
Barbecoa's friendly front of house was super helpful and didn't mind a bit when we called 2 hours before arriving to add another seat at the table. Oh, that table: we had a great spot by the massive picture window with its thisclose view of St Paul's Cathedral.
The unobtrusive and enthusiastic waiter was a dream - shame about those unspecified-and-pricey bottles of water that were poured for the table (we asked for tap), and that awkward business of clearing away our breadboard when only half finished (despite my blue-blood good looks and faultless table manners, this Hen is not made of money - especially sterling) when I would have greatly enjoyed finishing what was started with that gorgeous, buttery naan.
No worries, mate, the atmosphere was so silky smooth and the food was... so incredible....
We started with pig cheeks, calamari, that bread board and fantastic conversation. Barbecoa's relaxed atmosphere and comfy-couch seating gave us ample space to get settled and stuck in all at once.
By the time the mains showed up I was glad to have only ordered a small plate of those gorgeous sweet-n-sour ribs. Mo Fears' short rib and champ, Buachaill sa Bhaile's rump steak and chips, my ribs and Teach Cara's crab salad were all shared around to much delight (and groaning bellies).
By the time the dessert menu came around it was a gargantuan effort for all four of us to share a slice of lime-chocolate-meringue cheesecake. Afterwards we fairly rolled to the bus stop just a few seconds away. Pukka!
Great T bone! Calamari, chicken liver pâté, ... And black cherry sorbet. The only I did not feel special was breads. Presentation was nice but taste of these 3 breads, I was not impressed at all (compared to all others we ordered). It is still a great place.
This is a great restaurant in London and could not be in a better location! I love the interior of the place and think that it is so unique to be able to look into the kitchen and see all the barbecue cooking. Very cool!
Excellent bar with great cocktails and high-end beers. The wait staff are very knowledgeable and attentive as well. My favorite dish is definitely the pulled pork but if you feel like going big, be sure to get the signature steak of the evening. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
All that being said, the view of St. Paul's is really what did it for me. Great place for a group but also a wonderful place to go on a date.
I met with a friend for dinner here. We had reservations at 8:30 and both arrived on time. At the entrance, we left our coats with the hostess and she seated us in the waiting area. A waitress came by and took our drink orders and we sat for at least 30 minutes after our reservation time. There were several other groups in the waiting area for their reservation as well, so they must have screwed up on scheduling.
Despite the wait, I enjoyed my prosecco cocktail and my friend's company. After our wait, we were taken upstairs to be seated. The restaurant was definitely crowded and a popular place for men in suits. My friend and I both enjoyed our dinners very much. I had the beef tartare to start and the lamb skewers as my main dish and both were amazing! My friend and I also shared the duck fat fries which were sinfully delicious as well. We left both very satisfied with our meals. Also a plus is the amazing view of St. Paul's Cathedral, so beautiful while it's still lit up in the evening.
My overall experience was great and would've given it a 5, but having to wait more than 30 minutes for an advanced reservation is a big negative on my list.
Barbecoa v. Bread Street Kitchen. Jamie v. Gordon. Before eating here, my dining companion and I actually Googled these things in order to be FULLY INFORMED about our One New Change dining choice. In the end, we went with Barbecoa ... because its entrance was closer to where we happened to meet for dinner.
THANK GOD WE'RE NOT SCIENTISTS.
Anyway, aside from all the srsbsns prep work, I couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. We were seated next to the window and had a glorious view of St. Paul's. Do get the bread selection as it is four different types of bread strung up and presented with a thick scoop of butter (zomg heaven). Everyone else had been raving about this and the hooplah was definitely warranted.
I had the pork chop, which was simply amazing. Here are things that this dish had, which my mouth found pleasing:
1) crispy pork skin
2) savory greens
3) roast peach to give you some variety
4) good mix of fat and lean meat
Let's just say this was a dinner of no talking, simply eating. Oh blissful sigh.
Jamie's slightly upscale joint in New Change doesn't disappoint. The settings are relaxed and comfortable, especially if you are able to get a seat on the leather couch-style booths. Being a guy at a table full of girls is usually a good thing in my opinion...except when I get relegated to the single hard wood seat facing the rest of the gang. To top it off, Gordon Ramsey saunters in (Jamie wasn't around which meant no fantasy top chef cookoff) and sits right behind me so I couldn't even watch in awe. Ah well, if it was Heston I would have been proper pissed.
Anyways, I digress. To the main point, the food that is. Get the bread...and the olives...but especially the bread. The display is innovative and entertaining as the chunks of various breads are impaled on a wooden spear in a twisted tower. The crispy slightly garlicky bread was a great starter although my favourite was the dark rye with molasses. The massive olives on ice are very mild and refreshing and enjoyable even to an olive hater like myself.
The mains were satisfying although I did give into my cravings and got the burger which as juicy and large enough to meet even my American-sized demands. The other mains ordered looked just as enticing and ensured no one had food envy.
As we were there for my friend's birthday, we had brought in a cake from Konditor & Cook (carrot cake...absolutely incredible...try it) and our waitress was kind enough to sneak it to the kitchen, plate it, and bring it over candles and all to the horrendous screeching we called singing. They even lent us the use of a Global knife to do the honours without any fuss at us not ordering from their dessert menu. Definitely bonus points in my book.
The price is a bit on the high side as you would expect but overall a great dining experience made it good value for money.
One more quick note...I will be interested to see how things change when Ramsey's new place opens up directly opposite.
As previously mentioned, this is a Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang joint. With that comes the suspicions of folks wondering if this is just an ample opportunity to cash in on their names and reputations. Sure the answer might be yes, but Barbecoa really delivers!
The staff are exceptionally friendly and accommodating. They took our coats, showed us to the bar as we came a bit early intentionally and then were walked through all their different selection of specialty cocktails.
For food, the steaks do not, repeat, DO NOT, disappoint! I had an amazing Fillet that was cooked perfectly, served beautifully and tasted delicious-ly. ;)
The whole experience was great, we had a great view of St. Paul's Cathedral (with no Occupy tents in sight), excellent table service and an all around good experience here. I would definitely consider coming back here. So far, I've been overly impressed by Jamie's establishments. He clearly knows good food, how to cook it and how to service the customers!
Barbecoa is the love child of Jamie Oliver, and Adam Perry Lang, both well known chefs within the food lover's world. The venue is split into two, the restaurant, and the incredible butchery on the street below, which is where our event took place.
Having been a big fan of meats, and the arts of butchering, this was right up my street and I couldn't wait to dive on in. Being it the view of St. Paul's Cathedral, the butchers is in a prime location for grabbing those all important ingredients for your hearty hangover breakfast on Saturday morning!
Not only do they do delicious sausages and bacon, they run master classes of how to butcher a 170 kilo side of beef, and how to get the best cuts of beef from the carcass. With Marco, our lead butcher, being from the Netherlands, Zach from New Zealand, and Adam from Poland, we learnt a great deal about how the art of butchery differentiates between countries. Even Johnny, the chef from upstairs, came to have a little nose on his day off and to share a few of his cooking tips!
It was clear from how the lads spoke whilst demonstrating that they really do have a love for their job, and live to pass on their knowledge to anyone who is willing to listen. I learnt a whole lot from them including that fillet isn't actually the best cut for flavour, and the off cuts such as shin make great slow roasting joints if you stuff it full of marrow, garlic and rosemary, then roast it in a casserole dish with some wine, balsamic and shallots and in a few hours you will have one of the most beautiful roast meats nature can provide. Bet you didn't know that!
Within two hours the whole side of beef and been diced and sliced into more cuts than you can imagine, and left us standing in awe of the skill they possess. Luckily for my plus one and I, we were joined by Paul Green the head Sommelier at Barbecoa, so we were given a class on the best red wines to spoil ourselves with to bring out the flavour of the meats. Such valuable knowledge and a great tasting session!
I really would recommend taking one of these classes to realise how amazing these lads are at their job! I can't put into words how skilled they are and the passion they omit is more than inspirational.
The one star seems harsh but taking everything into context I think it's fair.
It's the fact you book a table and you're still treated as if your presence is an inconvenience by wait staff, trying to squeeze your way through the bustling, overcrowded restaurant to the tiny waiting area bar. The drinks; the choice is okay, not fantastic and quite expensive. I can understand why the food would be so pricey, not so much the drinks. Well I can understand, two celebrity chefs means a generous mark up.
The clientele is as you'd expect for the location. A lot of city types yahing over glasses of wine and tourists taking pictures of everything, excited that they can see St Paul's. It's nice but I can't eat it. Much like the crackling I asked for as I waited for the table I'd booked for twenty minutes ago. Have you ever tried to eat a CD case? That's the closest description I can muster for these sorry mistakes for bar snacks.
When we eventually get to our table we are crammed in, elbow-to-elbow with the table next to us. I can't help wondering if they were treating the customers like cattle as a testament to how much they know about steak.
The calamari was flabby and moist. I have had better at TGI Fridays. I get irritated by this cutesy Jamie nonsense on the menu. "Smashed Avocado." So, guacamole then? But never mind, I mean this isn't a seafood restaurant and I'm so hoping that this place can turn things around that I remain optimistic through to my main course.
Ah Short Rib. I have memories of many a BBQ cook off so thankfully I know what a good short rib is. I also know it doesn't need to cost £20. I know that at £20 this better be a good short rib. This was a BAD short rib. A blackened, sad looking lump of meat on a slab of bone that was clean and dry and cold. The beef was dry, it was chewy and fibrous. It was the opposite of what it should have been, having been near enough creamated by the looks of it. The sniff of greenery underneath the meat was undersized, it would be better described as a garnish.
I had a side of mashed potatoes. The only thing I recall about them is that when the bowl arrived I had absolutely no idea how it could have cost £4 for some garlicky smash.
Now in fairness this isn't the worst barbecue restaurant I have eaten at but it's pretty darn close. I have had far, far better at Bodeans. This place is pitched at people who are willing to spend a lot and likely won't be back for repeat business and it shows. It's okay. But when you get the bill and it's £80 a head, okay becomes not good enough. The view is nice but it goes no way in making up for the poor food and service here. Celebrity endorsements to get people in the door is fine as long as you can live up to the hype and it seems that getting you in the door is all this place is about.
I wondered if I'd just had a spot of bad luck but it seems that others have had the same issues so I don't feel bad giving the one star.
Absolutely stunning view.
Somewhat unimpressed by the food.
Don't get me wrong, it was very very good. Just slightly over-priced good pub food. As long as you know what to expect, you will be very very pleased. Good menu, good execution, good service.
(Potentially going back tonight )
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