What? The newest addition to the Jamie Oliver empire in London. An empire that is a bit unstable for the moment, since Oliver decided to close down six branches of the Jamie’s Italian restaurants. Hence the surprise he is still eager to invest in the barbecue-concept of Barbecoa. Six years after the first Barbecoa opened its doors near St. Paul’s Cathedral, The celebrity chef has re-designed the menu and has come up with an absolute glamourous decor on the touristic hotspot that is called Piccadilly Street. (where you will also find Fortnum & Mason)
Looks? ‘Follow me downstairs’ is usually the cue for ostensibly rolling my eyes. The most beautiful part of a restaurant is rarely situated in the basement, you know. Totally different story however at Barbecoa. While the restaurant and bar on the ground floor have a rather dull interior design, the basement pulls off an incredible art deco vibe. Huge chandeliers with gold pleated detailing, leather sofa’s in a deep red colour, shiny green tiling patterns on the wall and a beautiful bar and kitchen in the back. If ever The Great Gatsby wanted to throw a party in London, this would be his place.
What else? To be totally honest with you: for delicious food and a fair value for money, Barbecoa is not the place to be. Food and drinks are quite expensive and the staff continuously tries to persuade you to order some more side dishes. (as opposed to Jamie’s Italian, where you get very good value for money). Then why visit Barbecoa? For the breathtaking decor, the nice British steaks and lovely desserts. But please do not visit hoping to bump into Jamie Oliver himself, like many tourist still do. Save yourself the effort, and a lot of money.
INFO Mon to Thu from 7am to 11pm, Fri from 7am to midnight, Sat from 8am to midnight and Sun from 8am to 10.30pm