Another work trip to London and another chance to embrace solo dining. This time at The Barbary situated in the very quaint Neals Yard in Seven Dials. Perfect for solo dining as the only seats are around the horseshoe shaped bar facing into the hot flames of the open kitchen! Being a fan of their sister restaurant The Palomar, I was looking forward to trying this place out.
The menu is divided into sections of sharing plates, covering Baking & Grinding, Land, Sea and Earth, a good variety of options for every taste. The downside to solo dining is there are only so many small plates you can try without looking greedy. The waitress kindly guided me into what to have and I can say it was definitely enough, only greed and food envy would have made me order more!
From the Baking section for me it was a toss up between the Naan e Barbari and the Jerusalem Bagel, I could have easily had both, but I settled for the Naan, which really didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t resit the Baba Ganoush to accompany that, creamy and smokey it was delicious. As much as I wanted to try from each of the Land, Sea and Earth my stomach was saying no! So, I went for the Cauliflower Jaffa Style, a delicious plate of spiced, singed cauliflower with tomatoes and fresh herbs along with the Chicken Al Bandora, succulent charred marinated chicken which just fell apart when eating. All of this was washed down with the Freaky Friday cocktail (a take on a Manhattan I believe) and crisp cool glass of Lebanese Rose.
I still had room for a small dessert though, it would be rude not to! Baklava and Knafeh were both on the menu, Middle Eastern desserts I love and they looked delicious, but on this occasion I was pretty full. Instead I settled for the Funky Monkey Fro-yo, a Frozen Yogurt based Sundae which did the trick, accompanied by a Nikka from the Barrel on the rocks.
I had a lovely evening at The Barbary, food was delicious, and the atmosphere buzzing with friendly and attentive staff, another to add to the solo dining list!