Barbecoa

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Jamie Oliver aims squarely at City boys with this meat-tastic offering boasting imposing views of London. Be warned: it's rich in both senses of the word.

The view here, of the looming dome of St Paul’s, must be among the most imposing in London. We hope it’s appreciated by the City dudes at whom Barbecoa – a joint venture between Jamie Oliver and American barbecue maestro Adam Perry Lang – is clearly aimed. This is meat territory: steaks, roasts, pit barbecue. The brunch menu, available at weekends and bank holidays, gives a full flavour of the restaurant’s considerable abilities. Tender shredded short-ribs came in a massive portion with heavenly chipotle salsa. A porchetta BLT cut the salty richness of the pork with fine acidity from cranberry salsa. Baked beans were superbly seasoned and carefully cooked. The big complaint is that some food is unnecessarily (verging on unpleasantly) greasy. That BLT, already rich from fatty porchetta, came on sourdough bread that had been oiled before grilling. The ribs sat on a naan so greasy from the meat we couldn’t contemplate eating it. These are solvable problems, but the kitchen had better solve them. Service was polished and friendly. The well-chosen wine list is for rich people (little below £35). The cocktails are unusual, and ours was well executed. Try to avoid the excessive richness, and you’ll have a great time.

 

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Barbecoa says
Located in the heart of the City, Barbecoa sits overlooking St Paul's Cathedral. The breath-taking views, vibrant atmosphere and incredible food will make any dining experience special - whether it's a business lunch, a catch up with friends, or a romantic evening meal for two.

Opened four years ago by Jamie Oliver, Barbecoa is a celebration of incredible produce and fire-based cooking. Our chefs create beautiful, seasonal dishes using traditional techniques such as the Texas pit smoker, Argentine grill, Japanese robata grill, tandoor and wood-fired oven. The love and passion for food can be felt throughout the restaurant.

What sets Barbecoa apart from the rest, is not just the traditional techniques - but also the in-house butchery. Located just below the restaurant, their team of butchers source the finest meat from around the UK and dry-age it in-house, creating meat that is second-to-none.
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Venue name: Barbecoa
Contact:
Address: 20 New Change Passage

London
EC4M 9AG
Opening hours: Meals served 11.30am-10.45pm Mon-Fri; noon-10.45pm Sat; noon-9.45pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: St Paul's tube
Price: Main courses £19-£39.

Average User Rating

1.8 / 5

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Tim

Can only echo other's views. Very average food considering the price. Pretty disappointing. Certainly wouldn't return.

N1 DINER

If this was a simply a bar it would be great! Fantastic views, nice ambience. However it is not. The food is actually extremely mediocre bodering on awful. The prices are just over the top, £35 for a steak is ridiculous. I had a disgusting pig cheek starter at £9 followed by a £16 burnt chicken, all potatoes, chips, vegetables etc are extra. Our food bill for 5 came to £222 without booze! Jamie Oliver claims so much and this restaurant fails on so many levels, just lucky it is in a good location!

SK

We ate at Barbecoa last night to celebrate two birthdays. Our party of 11 people arrive for the later sitting to be informed that our table was not ready and we were asked to sit in the overflow bar, the entrance. Eventually we were asked if we would like a pre dinner drink but this arrived after we were eventually seated. On arrival in the restaurant room the staff seemed surprised to see us, obviously no communication between reception and restaurant. The views of St Paul's from the table were amazing and the best feature of the restaurant. The quality of the food was ok, not what you would expect from a restaurant run by a celebrity chef. The front of house staff friendly but the service poor. we had to wait 90 mins between our starter and main course. Waiters did know who had ordered which dish and called the dishes names, very canteen style. We had a good time but not because of the restaurant. Over priced, average menu. Poor service. Would not recommend to dine, worth going for the view of St Paul's but you can have the same view from the shop across the way.