November 24, 2017

Barbecoa Steak House | St Paul's London

I can't remember the last time I went out on a Saturday night for dinner, most likely before Isaac arrived so imagine how deliriously free I felt when I did just that last weekend. And what made it even better was a night out with 2 of my oldest and bestest friends, one of which who is also a mum and hasn't enjoyed such freedom for a long time either. 

So off we headed to Barbecoa* by Jamie Oliver for our girls night out, just like our pre-baby days. Barbecoa is the perfect cross between restaurant and a bar, with it's dimmed lighting and chilled music playing in the background. We grabbed a seat by the bar and ordered cocktails before we were shown to our table, which had a magnificent view of St Paul's cathedral.

Our delicious cocktails. Loved my Jessica Rabbit cocktail which had vanilla vodka, prosecco, elderflower, strawberries and lime.

Cheers to a fab night out with my besties.

Everything on the menu looked mouth-watering, so we ordered a load of starters to share. The scallops with cockles, crispy calamari and hot wings were my favourites. It was all very enjoyable except for the beef croquettes which were a little were the dry side.

Scallops and cockles with spicy 'nduja, garlic mayo and lobster toast.

Sea bass ceviche with pickled melon, fermented red chilli and ruby grapefruit.

Beef croquettes, beetroot, horseradish and parsley root.

Chicken wings in hot sauce with crushed peanuts.

Crispy calamari with curry leaf, tumeric, lime pickle mayo and tamarind chutney.

Fully loaded on starters.

Cotswold lamb with roasted celeriac mash, onion and anchovy rosemary sauce.

12oz sirloin steak with rainbow chard and Capezzana olive oil. 

For our mains, 2 of us went for the lamb and the other chose the sirloin steak. My lamb was on the chewy side and the rosemary sauce quite overpowering, which was a real shame. The sirloin steak fared much better, nicely charred on the outside yet juicy on the inside, and the side portion of spring onion and chive mash was delicious.

Tea for all. Love the teapot and cups, wouldn't mind owning these at all. 

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Snickersphere with peanuts and salted caramel. This was sensational! A perfect dome filled with lashings of chocolate, oozy salted caramel, crunchy peanuts and a surprise popping candy biscuit base. There's even edible gold leaf coz I am worth it haha. This is a Barbecoa must order.  

Creme brûlée with earl grey chocolate and St Clements crisp. The standout piece from this dessert was surprisingly the St Clements crisp which was just so, so good. And even better together with a mouthful of creamy but light tasting creme brûlée.

Pumpkin and kumquat cheesecake with speculaas base and chai ice cream. The kumquat gave the cheesecake a really zingy and refreshing lift and paired well with all the spices in this dessert.


We enjoyed our night immensely and rolled out with such full bellies. The ambience was perfect for a Saturday evening, service was attentive and the majority of food was good with some outstanding ones. A meal for 3 including cocktails and service worked out to roughly £80 per person. It's not cheap but for special occasions, it's worth a visit. Make sure you request a table with a view of St Pauls if possible because it really adds to the overall atmosphere.

Have you been to Barbecoa yet?


*This meal was partly complimentary. All views are my own and unbiased

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