Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Barbecoa, London

I've always been a huge fan of Jamie Oliver and his TV shows, so it'll probably surprise you to know that I've actually never visited one of his restaurants. Yep, for some reason the opportunity has never arisen, but when they got in touch and asked if I'd like to try out Barbecoa in St Paul's, I jumped at the chance. The menu looked absolutely incredible and I was so excited to try out Jamie's famous steakhouse.  

We had the most amazing view of St Paul's Cathedral which had been lit up against the night sky. The whole restaurant is surrounded by glass walls, so you get the most wonderful atmosphere. 

I have to say, the cocktails were pretty fantastic. I mean, I don't think I've ever seen a cocktail with a Bourbon served in it! Although I'm now thinking all alcoholic beverages should be served with biscuits...

For starters we decided to share some of the Barbecoa Sourdough, which was served warm with chicken butter and crispy skin. It was seriously good. Hand me the carbs, people!

It wasn't long before mains turned up. My date (lucky boy ;)) went for the smoked and grilled chicken with Mexican rub, green chilli mayo and lime, which looked pretty amazing! 

Of course, when in a steakhouse one must order steak, so I went for the rump steak, served with smoky white beans, wild mushrooms and parsley. I asked for it to be cooked medium rare and I have to say it was cooked to perfection. It was super delicious and definitely one of the best steaks I've had in a long while. 

We also went for two sides of beef-dripping chips which were absolutely on point. I make it a mission to try chips in every restaurant I go to. Why? Because I just really love chips, okay?!

So I definitely made the decision to order three desserts because I'm a massive piggy, and I have no regrets whatsoever. There are some seriously amazing sounding desserts on the menu and to be honest I'm surprised I didn't order more!

First up was the Milky Way and Malt Macaron sundae, which was pretty much exactly what you imagine. A gorgeous malt macaron and then a deconstructed Milky Way (aka the best chocolate bar ever).

Secondly I ordered the "Snickersphere", with peanut and salted caramel; a chocolate dome filled with ice cream, salted caramel and peanuts. It's like eating a Snickers but ten times more awesome and sophisticated. 

And the last choice was the caramelised white chocolate panna cotta, served with poached pear, ginger crumble and pear sorbet. I was surprised to say this was actually my favourite of the three! Not only did it taste absolutely incredible but it also wasn't as heavy as the other two which pretty much sent me into a food coma. 

I would 100% recommend visiting Barbecoa, especially if you're looking for a trendy night out in London! The atmosphere is incredible and is such a great spot for special occasions or even just a work night out. 

They also have a restaurant opening in Piccadilly soon! If you fancy booking yourself in, check out their website here

Our meal at Barbecoa was kindly paid for in exchange for a review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own.


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