I love steak and I love cocktails, so when Barbecoa invited me down to their St Pauls restaurant with a pal, I booked that date in asap. I hadn’t seen my fave Laura for a while, so we decided to meet up one Saturday towards the end of Feb for a meaty and alchol fuelled catch up! Of course trains seem to HATE me, so after I was delayed by over an hour, I finally made it to the restaurant which is sitauted at number 20 New Change Passage, in a gorgeous location overlooking St Pauls. I arrived pretty flustered but was greeted at the door by staff and led to my table and was immediately handed a glass of fizz. Just what I needed. Our waiter was super attentive, friendly and knowledgeable and made sure we were well looked after.
It took us a while to place our order as we were gabbling away at ten to the dozen as we hadn’t seen each other in a while. But eventually we ordered a starter to share and some pre-lunch cocktails. We went for the Short Rib Croquettes (£5) which were delish and went very well with our amazing Jessica Rabbit cocktails that we ordered, made up of Vanilla Vodka, Strawberry Puree, Elderflower, Lime and Prosecco (£12.50) – these were right up our alley! They were just like a pornstar martini, but a strawberry version. After we had nattered for even longer we placed our orders for our mains. Laura went for the Smoked & Grilled Chicken with a Mexicoan rub, green chilli may and lime (£19) and I went for the Fillet Steak with bone marrow and smoked bearnaise (£35). Laura said that her main was lovely, although she wasn’t a fan of the bones, so maybe be aware if you don’t like bones etc. I find that with steak, you essentially pay for what you get. And this fillet steak was AMAZING. I’m pretty fussy with my steak and mine came just how I like it (medium rare, but leaning more towards the rare side). I really enjoyed my steak as it was a delicious consistency, very melt in your mouth. We decided to try two sides, the Beef Dripping Chips (£4) and the Truffled Mac N Cheese (£7). We both enjoyed the sides, although the mac n cheese was pretty standard and in my opinion a little pricey. The chips were really delicious though, the perfect size and mixture of crispy outside and fluffy inside.
Although we really enjoyed our Jessica Rabbit cocktails we thought we would sample some more cocktails off of the extensive menu and chose to try the A.P.L-TINI (£10), a blend of Apple & Pears Moonshine, Apple Juice, Pear Liqeur and Islway Whiskey. This one tasted a little stronger but certainly went down a treat and it was fruity but smokey at the same time and made a nice change. After our main it was of course time for dessert, but you know me, I love a cocktail. So I decided to go for a liquid dessert and tried out one of the Winter Warmers on the dessert menu, the Apple Pie (£10) cocktail, a heavenly cocktail of apple cider, moonshine, vanilla vodka, cinnamon, cloves and maple cream. It literally tasted like liquid, alcoholic, heavenly apple pie and custard. It was DELICIOUS. Laura was a proper foodie and went for the Dark Chocolate & Caramel Sundae (£8) after being recommended it by our lovely waiter. Laura said the sundae was a little too salty for her liking, although the size of it certainly looked like great value for money as it was HUGE (totally forgot to take a photo).
We had such a lovely lunch at Barbecoa, the view, the surroundings of the restaurant was just lovely. We went on a Saturday and it was a little quiet but that suited us. I can imagine during the week and in evenings the place is packed and probably has an amazing buzz to it. Whether you want to stop by for some drinks or for some food, I couldn’t recommend the place enough.