London _ Covent Garden _ Restaurant
Following the phenomenal success of Israeli restaurant The Palomar comes its slightly smaller, slightly more old-school little sister. Eschewing the bookable tables that became so sought after at the Palomar, the Barbary is exclusively unbookable bar stools overlooking the kitchen, so everyone gets to watch the chefs at play.
Food & Drink
The Barbary takes its inspirations from the flavours of the Barbary coast of North Africa. The menu is divided up by Baking & Grinding (breads and dips), Land, Sea & Earth. Expect to have your senses assaulted by each sharing plate; we recommend the deceptively-simple Baba Ganoush, Bagel and Octopus dishes. Be sure to save space for the now-legendary Knafeh; a pistachio flavoured cheesy affair that tastes like sunshine.
Queuing has become a matter of course for many London foodie hotspots but here the queue is part of the experience: a standing bar indoors saves you from the rain, where you’ll be offered bar snacks and beverages.
Breads from £3.50, a-la-esh (sharing plates) from £7.
Aperitifs from £4.80, Wines from £5.50
– There are only 24 seats and no bookings, so large groups are discouraged, unless arriving at restaurant open. Children are also not allowed under 8, so be sure to get a babysitter!
– The Barbary includes the cost of service in the menu price, so don’t worry about extra added service charge, or tipping