Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer in the City - Food with a view

Part of my Summer adventures in the city have been exploring the old and the new within London. Part of my new adventures this summer has been New Change at St Pauls, a shopping and food centre adjacent to St Pauls Cathedral. A hidden gem of New Change is that you can visit the roof terrace and admire the view across the city landscape.
Entry is via a cool glass elevator which offers fabulous moving views of St Pauls Cathedral. Like a grown up version of Roald Dahls Glass elevator.
The rooftop also features a cocktail bar and restaurant for socialising and fun & food with fabulous views.  Along with the Rooftop bars, New Change also features Jamie Oliver's restaurant Barbecoa. This is the UK's first Barbecue steakhouse, featuring traditional fire-based cooking with amazing ingredients, all with provenance. This is the statement on the website by the menu:
"You will not taste a steak like ours anywhere else in the world. Every cut of beef has been handpicked to our exact requirements and dry aged in-house for anything up to 70 days. But that's not all we cook - we also serve melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork, delicious aromatic lamb skewers, crispy calamari and amazing vegetable sides.
To match the food, we have the widest range of American whiskies in the UK, a wine list that references every corner of the globe, the best beers that the US and UK have to offer, and a cocktail menu to rival any City bar"
Last Sunday I lunched at Barbecoa and can say that the menu statement is true... my steak was amazing... my only steak which could rival this was one I ate in New York at 5 Ninth. I opted for the RUMP on a bed of Charred Aubergine, Yoghurt, Rocket and double fried beef dripping chips. Both absolutely melt in the mouth delicious.
As you can see I had stunning views across to St Pauls Cathedral which was the perfect backdrop to a mouth-watering lunch. After leisurely lunch it was time for dessert!.... With so many delicious options on the menu it was too hard to choose,
DESSERTS
  •  Amedei white chocolate panna cotta Wild Strawberries, Champagne & Basil
  • Peanut Butter cheesecake Poached Black Cherries, Black Cherry Sorbet & Peanut Brittle
  • BarBecoa Brownie Raspberry & Pink Peppercorn Sorbet & Aerated Chocolate
  • Amalfi lemon Meringue tart Red & Black Currants, Confit Lime & Lemon Balm
  • Pecan & BourBon seMifreddo Candied Maple Bacon,
  • Caramalised Banana, Dark Chocolate & Caramel Sauce
so I opted for the Sweet Treats board a sample of some of the dessert menu... featuring Peanut Butter cheesecake in a cute mini mason jar, Barbecoa raspberry brownie, Amalfi Lemon meringue, Chocolate macaron and a wine gum.
Barbecoa is a gorgeous restaurant, clean lines, stunning views, and good service with a friendly knowledgeable team. The ambience and décor is an urban mix of chrome, wood, & fire. It did have the meatpacking vibe of New York which I completely loved. 
I enjoyed my unplanned  visit here immensely and will visit again. This is a restaurant that is an indulgent treat and not a budget option... perfect for special occasions and treats.



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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer in the City - Food with a view

Part of my Summer adventures in the city have been exploring the old and the new within London. Part of my new adventures this summer has been New Change at St Pauls, a shopping and food centre adjacent to St Pauls Cathedral. A hidden gem of New Change is that you can visit the roof terrace and admire the view across the city landscape.
Entry is via a cool glass elevator which offers fabulous moving views of St Pauls Cathedral. Like a grown up version of Roald Dahls Glass elevator.
The rooftop also features a cocktail bar and restaurant for socialising and fun & food with fabulous views.  Along with the Rooftop bars, New Change also features Jamie Oliver's restaurant Barbecoa. This is the UK's first Barbecue steakhouse, featuring traditional fire-based cooking with amazing ingredients, all with provenance. This is the statement on the website by the menu:
"You will not taste a steak like ours anywhere else in the world. Every cut of beef has been handpicked to our exact requirements and dry aged in-house for anything up to 70 days. But that's not all we cook - we also serve melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork, delicious aromatic lamb skewers, crispy calamari and amazing vegetable sides.
To match the food, we have the widest range of American whiskies in the UK, a wine list that references every corner of the globe, the best beers that the US and UK have to offer, and a cocktail menu to rival any City bar"
Last Sunday I lunched at Barbecoa and can say that the menu statement is true... my steak was amazing... my only steak which could rival this was one I ate in New York at 5 Ninth. I opted for the RUMP on a bed of Charred Aubergine, Yoghurt, Rocket and double fried beef dripping chips. Both absolutely melt in the mouth delicious.
As you can see I had stunning views across to St Pauls Cathedral which was the perfect backdrop to a mouth-watering lunch. After leisurely lunch it was time for dessert!.... With so many delicious options on the menu it was too hard to choose,
DESSERTS
  •  Amedei white chocolate panna cotta Wild Strawberries, Champagne & Basil
  • Peanut Butter cheesecake Poached Black Cherries, Black Cherry Sorbet & Peanut Brittle
  • BarBecoa Brownie Raspberry & Pink Peppercorn Sorbet & Aerated Chocolate
  • Amalfi lemon Meringue tart Red & Black Currants, Confit Lime & Lemon Balm
  • Pecan & BourBon seMifreddo Candied Maple Bacon,
  • Caramalised Banana, Dark Chocolate & Caramel Sauce
so I opted for the Sweet Treats board a sample of some of the dessert menu... featuring Peanut Butter cheesecake in a cute mini mason jar, Barbecoa raspberry brownie, Amalfi Lemon meringue, Chocolate macaron and a wine gum.
Barbecoa is a gorgeous restaurant, clean lines, stunning views, and good service with a friendly knowledgeable team. The ambience and décor is an urban mix of chrome, wood, & fire. It did have the meatpacking vibe of New York which I completely loved. 
I enjoyed my unplanned  visit here immensely and will visit again. This is a restaurant that is an indulgent treat and not a budget option... perfect for special occasions and treats.



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