Jim had eaten several times at Jamie Oliver's new restaurant, Barbecoa, in London and had only good things to say. You know I love BBQ, so I was a very willing accomplice to try it again.
Barbecoa is in the new shopping development in the City, 1 New Change, overlooking St Paul's Cathedral. We snagged an early booking before heading to the movies (we saw "Ruby Sparks", not even worth a review) and the large restaurant was already groaning with people. It's across the hall from Gordon Ramsay's new "Bread Street" restaurant, which is equally huge and looked pretty empty.
Barbecoa is all about the meat. They use Texas pit smokers, tandoors, robata grills, fire pits and wood fired ovens. We saw HUGE steaks on the grill of the glass windowed kitchen, they were so big they looked like dinosaur steaks - something Fred Flintstone would have tucked into.
We started with the bread (oh, the bread), three generous hunks of warm bread impaled on a stick served with home made butter - swoon. We then shared the Burrata and San Daniele Proscuitto which is served with fresh figs and almonds. We both ordered the pulled pork shoulder which is served with a waffle and spicy coleslaw - the meat was fantastic, so tender that it fell apart. We also shared a side of duck fat chips - yum! There is also a dessert menu and it looked amazing, but there was no way we could fit anything more in.
The prices aren't mad for a celebrity chef restaurant and the food is good. The restaurant was as busy when we left as when we arrived, and Gordon Ramsay's looked slightly busier than it had when we arrived. The last time we had eaten at a Jamie Oliver restaurant was at Jamie's Italian in Manchester and it was AWFUL, so he's redeemed himself here.
Oh, and he also offers butchery classes and courses - they really are all about the MEAT!
20 New Change Passage
London EC4M 9AG
Phone:- +44 020 3005 8555