Barrica

Restaurants, Spanish Fitzrovia
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Barrica

Barrica, with its canary-yellow walls, rich wood and marble, brings Fitzrovia's new media crowd a little taste of laidback Spain in the non-stop West End. But as sunny and playful the decor may be, the drinks menu is nothing but serious: there are 16 sherries on offer, all served by the glass, ranging from the intensely sweet to the bone-dry and salty. And if you can't choose between that lot, there's the wine list: around 30 Spanish vinos have been picked by the bar's oenophile owner.

Despite its extensive alcoholic offerings, Barrica is not a place to get legless – it's a smart bar on Goodge Street, not a nightclub in Magalluf. Be sure to pick a few dishes off the brilliant tapas menu to keep things civilised.

By: Elizabeth Darke

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Venue name: Barrica
Contact:
Address: 62 Goodge Street
London
W1T 4NE
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Tapas £2-£8
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:17
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

Friday tapas could well become a regular thing! After spending all day at the library, my friend and I were more than ready for a well-deserved dinner. I was lucky enough to have gotten a reservation the day before, especially for a Friday evening. However, the reservation was rather early (5:30pm), so availability was not a problem. 


Upon arriving, we were seated at the section in the back, where two other tables were well into their meals already. We had a nice table with one side on sofa seating and the other side with a chair. Once seated, it didn't take long for us to figure out what we wanted. Being a Spanish restaurant, we thought it only fit to go for several dishes to share in tapas style. 


Here's what we had:


1. Bread & Olive Oil - A staple at the table when doing tapas in my opinion. It's great on its own and often compliments the other dishes we order. This was a bread basket composed of mainly sourdough (I think) but thickly-cut so each piece had a good bite to it! 


2. Jamon de Cebo - A lovely plate of cured meat! I liked how long and thinly-sliced each slice was. It was quite dark in colour, which I found unique as I'm used to lighter coloured cured hams. I think this actually more flavour to the meat and I liked that it wasn't too fatty either. 


3. Patatas Bravas - A typical Spanish tapas dish, this was executed really really well! These were served in bite sized cube pieces, and I loved how some were so crispy and golden! I also appreciated that the sauces were served in small dishes on the side, rather than drizzled on top of the potatoes. This is great because it kept the potatoes from going soggy and allowed us to add the amount of sauce to our liking. 


4. Garlic & Chili Prawns - Another traditional Spanish tapas dish that I normally order. This was done well too, except I thought that the prawns were a little too small. The chili oil it came in was delicious to dip our bread into! 


5. Chorizo & Sweet Potato - Not a dish I've seen before but boy am I glad we ordered it! This came with two generous pieces of chorizo sausage on top of some sweet potato mash. It was delicious because the chorizo had a good amount of spice and bite to it (it was served like a sausage rather than thinly-sliced). 


Alongside, we ordered a glass of Red Wine each because what would tapas be without some wine? I can't remember what wine we chose but it was really smooth, which I enjoyed. It paired well with the cured meat and chorizo. I'm quite traditional with my wine pairings but I must say, it also went well with the prawns because of the chili element. 


In terms of service, everything came out really fast! Our waiters were lovely and friendly. The interior decor was soothing because it felt home-y and quite traditional - I liked the dark colours because it gave it a night ambiance but wasn't dim inside. It was also nice to see the bar section from where we sat, as that added to the atmosphere. Overall, it was a delicious dinner and definitely one of the better Spanish restaurants I've been to in London!

Tastemaker

I've lived in Spain for 8 years and I've been looking for the best Spanish restaurant in London for the past 4 years. Barrrica is close to be one of the best.

Delicious authentic food, really friendly staff and cosy ambiance.

tastemaker

Went to Barrica a couple of weeks ago. Really love it! This restaurant is a bit of Spain in Goodge Street area. The tapas are excellent and generously portioned. My colleagues and I couldn't finish all our plates. Highly recommend their jamon de cebo, octopus with salt wrinkled potatoes, potatoes bravas as well as their cheeses board.

Definitely a great adress for a quick lunch with colleagues or a chill evening with friends.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

The service is great and the food as amazing! This place is much better than Salt Yard (it's next door neighbor) in my humble opinion.


The waiter was rude and non-communicative. Plates were whipped away whilst we were still eating. We were not told in advance that we would have to give up the table after 2 hours (the place was not busy). We ended up leaving half a bottle of wine because they were so rude about it. The menu is very limited although the chorizo and potatoe was good.
Salt Yard is a couple of doors down, really lovely tapas, great ambience and lovely wine selection. It is worth the little extra in price - go there instead!


Love this Spanish restaurant. Great food and atmosphere with a fantastic wine selction. This place is great for any occasion. Highly recommended.  


The place and restaurant it's Good, but the food it's perfect! amazing dishes!!


Great little place serving authentic tapas and pinchos with a great selection of Sherries


Weve been eating at Barrica since it first opened. The Food is Always Delicious.

Tastemaker

So happy to see Barrica make the Time Out top 100 list. Because it bloody deserves it. I've been to Barrica several times, most recently last month, I think. I was charged with organising a meal out for colleagues and I always know that Barrica won't disappoint. The tapas is excellent. The wine was superb. I was a big fan of:


EVERYTHING. 

YEP, EVERYTHING.
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So happy to see Barrica make the Time Out top 100 list. Because it bloody deserves it. I've been to Barrica several times, most recently last month, I think. I was charged with organising a meal out for colleagues and I always know that Barrica won't disappoint. The tapas is excellent. The wine was superb. I was a big fan of:


EVERYTHING. 

YEP, EVERYTHING.

Great place to grab a glass of vino and really get transported to an Andalusian bar. I love it. Having lived in Spain for many years this place is as close as it gets in London. The only thing missing is a Fortuna smoking away, ash building whilst it's owner serves you.

I've been here loads, I love the daily changing menu of tapas which are seriously good

It's easy on the pocket too. Usually around £60-80 for two with a bottle of wine

Great for lunch or post work drinks. The last time I went which was late June 15, it was surprisingly quiet for a Friday Lunch - we almost had the restaurant to ourselves. Odd as this place used to be difficult to get a table at. Perhaps the media crowd have moved on, or given it was a glorious sunny day it kept people at bay. Let's hope it was the latter

If you like a beer, you must try one of the Alhambra beers too.


Genuinely one of the happiest finds in recent times for me. The food is truly excellent, the choice if wine substantial and plenty of help on tap from the fun and enthusiastic staff. Smoked Duck Breast on Red Currant Buttered Toast & Grilled Line Caught Wild Bass with a Broad Bean, Lemon & Fino Salad were insanely good.


Just go, you will not be disappointed.


Stepping into Berrica feels as as though you have wondered cross boards into a small restaurant in Madrid, cured meat hanging from the ceiling, checkered floors, and the atmosphere is truly authentic and provides a great active and lively experience. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful in recommending dishes and wine. The food is exceptional, and changes frequently with a few amazing staples. The wine selection was also very impressive and very resonably priced. A large spread of tapas for two with wine will run you about 70. Definitely worth it.


Enjoyable meal. Food delicious, especially the veal cheeks and Pyrennean lamb. Service good but slightly inattentive. Ambience, good at times I would imagine but spoilt on my visit by noisy birthday party. Could also be with a little bit more elbow room.


Good food, poor service. Very decent selection of daily tapas and a few standards. We were informed before hand that the table seating period was for 2 hours. However there is an unpleasant paradox in encouraging diners to have more wine and food only to bluntly tell them with tapas still on the table that the seating period was over and you would now need to leave. Given price its a bit much, but then again it seems that the way of the world today. Whilst the interior is simple and elegant, a number of attendees were more interested in coming in for a drink than the food which means that unless you are seated at the back at proper tables the din of noise and crowd pushing onto you as you eat to the side is rather unpleasant. Again the food is quite good, if unexceptional for the prices demanded and those seeking a more pleasant atmosphere are better served to attend the Salt Yard next door (though the service is also fairly if not very poor).


Brilliant - Barrica was the second restaurant my friend and I visited on a four restaurant tapas tour of London and it was definitely the best. The menu was both imaginative, with spectacular combinations such as the divine scallops with marrow and girolles, and classic, the huge prawns with garlic and chilli were the best I've tasted outside Spain. Fantastic range of wine by the glass and all very reasonable priced as well.


Food was great, as was the service and prices were good value but the atmosphere was a soulless and tables were wedged too close together. Food 4, Ambience 2, Service 4