The Barbary is the perfect quick lunch or dinner spot – in between meetings or before a show – tucked into a cozy corner of Neal’s Yard. Bar-only seating for 24 makes for an energetic, fast-paced feel, perhaps best complemented by one of the house’s innovative cocktails which we missed during our lunchtime visit.
The food does not disappoint and for fans of The Palomar (the owners’ first and critically-acclaimed Piccadilly restaurant), former chef Eyal Jagermann offers a stellar, focused menu of small plates. You can expect similarly Mediterranean flavours, impeccable presentation and manageable portion sizes that encourage (and tempt) quite a selection.
We had a few tasty mezze to start, followed by a perfectly cooked steak and tender, seared salmon.
We had to dash off, so skipped dessert, but wished we could have stayed longer, especially given the attractive interior has been finished in a warm mix of dark wood, rich tan leather and brass.
The Barbary offers no reservations, so unlike The Palomar, where you might have you wait weeks for a table in its tiny space, here you’re left to drop in and wait for a seat at the bar – well worth it if you ask us.
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