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  • 20 New Change Passage
    London EC4M 9AG
    The City
  • Phone number 020 3005 8555
  • Business website barbecoa.com

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  • 4.0 star rating
    5/9/2014

    Go to this restaurant for the view, and maybe for the Whiskey which isn't noted in many reviews.  They have Pappy Van Winkle.  Half a star for that.

    I went for business and at first they tried to seat us in the empty section near the door, the section without the view of St Pauls.  Going to this restaurant without getting the evening view of St Pauls is an oversight.

    I had Tandoori Shrimp which I consumed quickly.  My business clients had scallops crude and calamari.  All were good, but the scallops were the best of the three.

    I shared the rib eye for two with one of my dining companions.

    We had a bottle of Malbec that was chosen by one of the others in my party.  It was fine if you like Malbec.  I had a whiskey cocktail that was good as well.

    There are many many better steakhouses in London, but most of them don't have this view or open airy feel.  The setting and seating earn it a half star to get it to 4 stars.  Without the view and the Pappy this would be a 3 star steakhouse.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/7/2014

    I would say my visit to Barbecoa is one of my best dining experiences in London.

    Without going into all the detail, the boss Hus came out and met our group which was 15 of us for my brothers birthday. We were guys and gals and left it to Hus to take care of everything. He brought us a selection of starters which were lovely esp. the lollypop chicken in chocolate sauce - ah man these were good, the calamari and the crab salad. The mains were simply amazing. The steaks were the best I've had and both the fillet and sirloin were gorgeous. I can't remember which one it was but the whole side of beef was cooked then brought to the table where we sliced it ourselves. It melted in the mouth. Perfection. The side again were great and everything was spot on. Shame my memory sucks but it was a while ago now (Dec 13) and haven't checked into yelp for ages. Go there and try it out.

    Hus you're a legend.

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/7/2014

    The good ... Cocktails not bad ... Meat is actually slow cooked ... Lovely view ... Enormous tables surrounded by leather sofas are great fun for large groups who want to be loud and behave badly ... Food does taste of smoke

    The mediocre ... Meat was pretty much too dull to speak ... Thank goodness it was well cooked and tasted of smoke.

    The bad ... Wine list ridiculously overpriced ... The staff are clearly more used to working in super markets ... Shift managers wandering around looking for work when it is quiet and a sommelier clearly well trained in plus sell techniques but perhaps less well trained in wine ...

    I have to admit that I felt like I was eating in a slightly more up market Aberdeen Angus more than I was a restaurant that ever expected customers to want to come back ...

    My advice don't go unless for some reason forced by circumstance

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/7/2014
    1 check-in

    Finally had the chance to stop here for dinner during our holiday.  This was the last of Jamie's establishments for us to try and I have to say that this was by far the best of them all.

    I had the Pork Belly w/Korean Slaw.  This was very tender and full of flavor.  Overall it was moist and basically melted in my mouth.  The portion is, IMHO the perfect size for dinner. We also enjoyed the mushrooms and pork cheeks as sides.  

    Our server tonight (Claire) was outstanding and also a breath of fresh air as opposed to some we have had on his holiday.  She was very courteous and attentive throughout the meal.  

    For dessert we had a hard time deciding what to try so we chose to have the sweet treats plate.  This came with a tart, brownie, cheese cake, chocolate macaroon and whiskey wine cup.  As you can imagine, we originally thought to split it but we ordered 4 of them so everyone could fully enjoy the plate.

    This was a great experience, and one that when we return we will do again in the future.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/8/2014

    I went here for the first time this week and did enjoy it. The menu is slightly different to the website, so that hasn't been updated.

    I had the burger which was topped with pulled pork. I hate mushrooms and stupidly didn't look at what was on top of the burger - mushrooms. I managed to pick them off though. The chips were alright, a little on the cold side, but I definitely wouldn't pay£5 for them if I was paying out of my own pocket - I was there for a lunch meeting!

    It was pretty hot sitting by the window and it wasn't even warm outside. Staff were quite attentive but nearly on the annoying side.

    The dessert was good. Admittedly I only had white chocolate ice cream but it was delicious.

    Overall it was good and I'd like to try the steak next time I go. Quite a good beer selection, too, which is always appreciated.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2014

    One year ago today, my husband and I dined at Barbecoa on our first night after moving to London.  Since then, we have taken a number of friends and family visiting, and it will forever be one of our favorites in the city as we move back to the States.  

    The view of St Paul's is gorgeous (after dinner, take the elevator in One New Change to the rooftop for more amazing views).  The service is of the standard that Americans are more used to.  The steak is perfect - we aren't fans of British beef, but Jamie does it right.  The servers will take as much time as necessary to assist with the menu.  The wine list is commendable, as well as the cocktail list - so many to try!  

    I highly recommend it for tourists who want a good meal with a view, or for a nice dinner date, or for a farewell meal after a great year living in the UK!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/5/2014

    I was visiting London from Florida for business and what brought me to Barbecoa was I had a business meeting in Essex and they took me The Cricketers and Clavering it was Jamie Olivers parents restaurant after eating there I would now take myself to Jamie's place in London.

    From a visiting standpoint this place was so hard for me to find at 9 pm at night. I was visually impressed with décor it had a great view of St. Pauls. I started off with the calamari it was decent. From the main I got the sirloin steak cooked a perfect medium rare it had great flavor, I'm not a dessert fan so I had an extra beer after dinner. Overall service was a little lackluster since I was by myself it really didn't bother me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/3/2014
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/4/2014

    Call me old fashioned but I lam a man who loves his meat. This place is two for one: a great butchery and a nice steak house. The restaurant has inviting decor and nice view of St. Paul's Cathedral. The chef cook the on site meats in a variety of ways: TEXAS PIT SMOKERS, TANDOORS, FIRE PITS, ROBATA GRILLS AND WOOD-FIRED OVENS....A meat lovers dream.

    The butchery has a wide range of meats available: chicken, beef, lamb and pork - in the usual cuts. The handpicked cuts from fine UK farms are fresh and the butchers are expert. They are as serious about meat as I am.

    In addition, they offer gift vouchers (for anyone who wants to charm me).

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/2/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/6/2014

    I have tried to come to this restaurant twice and the first attempt failed as there was 8 of us and they couldn't fit us in but at first they didn't tell us that they couldn't fit us in, they told us to wait so they can see what they can do, after 30 min then they said they couldn't fit us in. Second attempt we booked for a table for 13 people, when we arrived everyone was nice, service was good, our waiter was very helpful and patient, food was nice, it was nice and pleasant. I would recommend this restaurant.

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/12/2013
    Seated via OpenTable 1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/11/2013

    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.

    Atmosphere:

    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.

    Food:

    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.

    Others:

    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.

  • 2.0 star rating
    20/8/2013

    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...
    ouch.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/10/2013

    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

    Highlights:
    - 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

    Midlights:
    - Fried calamari: just ok

    Lowlights:
    - 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).

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/5/2014

    Really good solid food.  My T-bone steak was very flavorful.  They have an extensive and nice wine list. The atmosphere is vibrant although somewhat sterile.  The view of the St Paul Cathedral dome is very impressive.  The prices are high and you cantell that much of the clientel are on corporate expense accounts.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/4/2014

    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.

  • 2.0 star rating
    10/4/2014
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/5/2013

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/6/2013

    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!

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/9/2013

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/2/2013

    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).

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/12/2010
    ROTD 2/2/2011 First to Review

    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?

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/3/2011
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/8/2012
    1 check-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.

  • 1.0 star rating
    18/1/2011

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/6/2012

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/12/2013
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    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/10/2011
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    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/6/2011

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/6/2012

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/3/2013
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    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/10/2012

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/7/2012

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/10/2012

    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!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/1/2012

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/12/2013

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/12/2011

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/4/2011
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    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/12/2011

    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!

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