Review on The Barbary
The Barbary is the second restaurant from siblings ZoŽ and Layo Paskin Hzav, the successful team behind The Palomar in Soho. This time they have planted their feet in the popular Neal's Yard in Covent Garden, designed by architects Gundry & Ducker, its a diminutive venture seating just 24 around a horseshoe kitchen bar made of iroko wood with a weathered zinc top. The seats occupy a prime view of the open kitchen, where the chefs are busy at work using an open grill and the clay oven.
Former head sous chef Eyal Jagermann of The Palomar leads the kitchen showcasing a menu inspired from the Barbary coast through to the Mediterranean sea leading to Israel, with a focus on grilling and baking. Cruise your way through dishes like lamb cutlet zuzu or maybe ashkenazi chicken liver or from the sea octopus mashawsha, while vegetarians will enjoy the cauliflower jaffa style. For a sweet-toothed finish there's baklawa or halva ice cream.
There's a buzzy atmosphere with a short considered wine list divided into whites, orange, rose and red with options available by the glass and carafe. Next door to the restaurant is their English coffee house called Jacob The Angel open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (12.00 - 10.00pm Sat & 12.00 - 9.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Fri
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card