Seeking out new food horizons has become something of a favourite pursuit of mine over the last year or so, and being able to explore some of London's newest dining destinations is an adventure in and of itself. Regular readers (and anyone who knows me IRL!) will happily tell you that I live to eat, so the opportunity to sample an abundance of different dishes is one which I'll never refuse. One such chance arose last weekend, as Hannah, Lily, Sophie and I made a beeline for The Barbary prior to a trip to the theatre:
With a menu which takes its inspiration from the heritage dishes of The Barbary Coast, marrying Mediterreanean influences and seasonal ingredients, this small but perfectly formed restaurant offers a dining experience unlike any other. The intimate space and kitchen bar sees diners witness the cooking processes behind the dishes firsthand, adding an element of theatre to the experience which is well and truly matched by the perfectly constructed menu. Comprised of small plates designed to be shared, each dish is full of flavour without being too overpowering, and each mouthful is something to be truly savoured. Of the selection which we ordered, standout offerings included the glazed beetroot, Jaffa style cauliflower and Pata Negra neck- a signature dish which I have no doubt I'll be returning to sample time and time again. For dessert, I opted for the much hyped Hashcake- pistachio perfection and the perfect sweet treat with which to celebrate the weekend in style.
Have you discovered any new foodie favourites recently?
(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)