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Monday, 18 September 2017

Afternoon Tea in London at Barbecoa Piccadilly

Barbecoa Piccadilly London Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea at Barbecoa Piccadilly

It's no secret that I love English afternoon tea. I've had it quite a few times over the years. It had been quite a long time since my last one, and after all my trips in the last months, I finally made it to Barbecoa Piccadilly to sample their fare. That's the thing about proper English afternoon tea: It is not something to be had every week. It's a very indulgent meal that is worth every calorie.

Traditional English afternoon tea consists of a platter of finger sandwiches, scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of tea cakes and pastries, and, of course, a fabulous selection of tea.

Afternoon tea originated in England, and it was a ritual for the upper classes back in the day. The tea was light, and it was served between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. To this date, many people around Britain cherish this old tradition with a twist. The difference is that nowadays, people have afternoon tea in hotels and restaurants and at home whereas it used to be served only in palaces and castles.

My ideal time is mid-late afternoon, which is the perfect time for an afternoon tea. After a busy Saturday in London, we stopped at Barbacoa in Piccadilly. This venue is conveniently located in the heart of London and is a beautiful space in which to relax and enjoy this very British tradition.

An afternoon tea ceremony should embrace style, and Barbecoa's afternoon tea has a nice feel to it. The very classy decor, gorgeous teapots, cups, saucers, cake forks and knives, sandwiches platter, elegant cakes, and tiered pastry stands make it an exquisite treat. Barbecoa offers both classic afternoon tea and Barbecoa afternoon tea. What is the difference? For Barbecoa afternoon tea, instead of the traditional sandwich platter, the staff members provide a sample of some of their savoury dishes. We ordered one of each for research purposes, obviously! They were nicely presented and very tasty.
Afternoon tea in London  at Barbecoa Piccadilly
Barbecoa Afternoon tea platter

The Barbecoa delightful savoury platter was filled with a Wagyu beef slider (miniature burger), a light and snappily crusted crab tart, Goat's Curd & Honeyed Almonds, and delicious croquette (love them!) served with kimchi mayo.
Afternoon Tea sandwich platter
The traditional sandwich platter, we had egg and cress with smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh cucumber, the very delicious coronation chicken, pastrami, and American mustard, which is always a winner in my books. The sandwiches were nice but not exceptional. The scones were served with the sandwiches, cakes, and pastries, so by the time we ate them, they were cold, which was a shame. Nevertheless, they were light and well-risen and had a golden-brown top. The jam had a soft consistency, bright colour, real fruit flavour and a light, spreadable texture. The clotted cream was thick, rich and fresh.
Afternoon tea,  Barbecoa Piccadilly, London
Afternoon tea at Barbecoa Piccadilly

Afternoon tea at Barbecoa Piccadilly
Afternoon tea at Barbecoa Piccadilly
The cakes and pastries were delectable! We had carrot cakes with walnut, canneles bordelais, Rhubbard custard tart, chocolate brownies, lemon meringue pie with a twist (brown butter and yuzu), vanilla creme fraiche, pana cotta with orange jelly, chocolate and salted caramel macaroon, and choux pastry filled pastry cream and apple. Quite a large spread!

The service was polite. Our waiter was Grace, who was very kind and helpful. Our teapots were replenished when we asked.
The location is excellent, and the menu is reasonably priced. We had the sparkling afternoon tea (J. Laurens Cremant du Limoux ‘Les Graimenous')  at £38 per person (September 2017). I didn't need to eat dinner that evening!

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Barbecoa Piccadilly
194 Piccadilly,
St. James’s,
London W1J 9EX

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Afternoon tea at Barbecoa Piccadilly

Disclosure: I was invited to review Barbecoa Piccadilly and was a guest at the restaurant. The views I present here are my own.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Barbecoa London

Barbecoa is an eatery and bar in the center of the city offering an absolute glorious feast with stunning views of St Paul's with an energetic, friendly and enthusiastic staff.

The menu provides a melange of Texan, Indian and fire pits; robata grills and wood-fired ovens, T-bones and beef chops; the wine list's both affordable and comprehensive. There's something for everybody on their menu. Barbecoa is a carnivore paradise, and it’s a celebration of fire-based cooking and incredible, quality and handpicked ingredients. 

We visited at lunchtime, and local workers were really enjoying the eclectic menu, so were we! You feel the place is a hub for city workers, a place for serious money making and more subdued meetings. There's an undeniable buzz about the place.

Their bar offers an impressive whiskey selection too. I must go back to sample some of those.

The decor is a mix of glass floor to ceiling with views of the majestic  St. Paul's,  the trendy light fixtures,  some wood and some occasional stone tables with very comfortable chairs and leather sofas. As for the service, it was faultless.

We started the proceeding with a cool glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV,  pork scratchings that needed a bit of salt to come alive, a delicious warm Barbecoa sourdough and an addictive veal butter - I want the recipe!

Followed by grilled asparagus, truffled ricotta on toasted sourdough, pea, broad beans  and to refresh it all, mint.  Great salad - light and tasty.
I had the very light and flavoursome crab salad  with smoked tomato, burnt lemon, creme Fraiche  and surprisingly tender chorizo scattered on the plate - heaven!


very juicy butchers cut, ribeye (250g) with grilled scarolle thyme, anchovies and capers and Béarnaise sauce. Everything was seasoned to perfection. Wine: Mocavero Primitivo Salento 'Pietrafitta', 2013

Barbecoa in a bun - smoked pulled pork, dill pickles and New York Slaw
Beef-dripping chips and a wonderful  Truffled Mac and Cheese - amazing!

Truffled Mac and Cheese
 Digestive: Pierre Bise Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu 'L'Anclaie', 2004

 This fortified wine went very well with both chocolate based dessert.

Barbecoa chocolate brownie, cherry ripple ice-cream, poached cherries - lovely moist brownie topped a  velvety chocolate mousse

Snickersphere - peanut, salted caramel, covered in fine layer of chocolate, popping candy and  ice cream - fun, creative and every bit of childhood  memories!

What an epic lunch!  Highly enjoyable and recommended.
Price per person (with champagne, wine, sides and digestive) was £90.

Address: 20 New Change, London EC4M 9AG
Disclosure: I was a guest of Barbecoa. All views are my own. 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Jamie Oliver Cookery School

This week I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview of Jamie Oliver Cookery School located at the back of Jamie's Italian in Westfield Shepherds Bush in London.

The pasta master class was presented by Gennaro Contaldo, Italian chef, restaurateur, and partner with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians. We also had a glimpse of Jamie Oliver himself just before entering the cookery school. The event started with a super fun demo by Gennaro followed by a hands-on session of making filled pasta.

They have a few courses going at the cookery school from pasta making to ethnic cuisines courses to sharpen your knife skills. There's something for everyone under the supervision of very knowledgeable chefs. Don't have any cooking skills? No matter; the cookery school's chefs will teach in a safe and entertaining manner.

The place looks fantastic and is very well-equipped with some nice touches. It is light, bright, and on brand. Head to their site for more info on courses and gift vouchers: Jamie Oliver Cookery School

A photo diary of Jamie Oliver Cookery School Preview


Gennaro's favourite filling ricotta, Parmesan and peas

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

San Patrignano supperclub

Back at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen in Old Street for a San Patrignano UK supperclub, this time with Danny who is raising money through the supperclubs for their participation in San Patrignano's WeFree event this year read more about here.   Danny is taking a group of Fifteen graduats to cook at Wefree this year. "WeFree" is an international project that brings together NGOs, national and international bodies and private citizens across the globe with a common idea: the world we want is possible.  
At dinner I learnt more about San Patrignano. Some of the kids who were at San Patrignano scheme and who had its help to move to the UK from San Patrignano were in attendance, cooking and some of the current Italian residents from San Patrignano  including Massimo Parmigiani  who looks after all of the minors at San Pat near Rimini in Italy.  A couple of  parents of current residents were in attendance too. It was a bit emotional to hear their stories and it got more emotional when Danny show us this film explaining in detail about the meaning and the charitable work of San Pat : High on Food
San Patrignano UK  provides support and counselling to anyone struggling with drug addictions. They provide information and assistance to those who are interested in joining a long term recovery programme and professional training in Italy. They are also the first point of contact for any individual, company or organisation who is interested in supporting San Patrignano. For more info about the supperclubs  contact Danny:

Danny McCubbin  / San Patrignano UK
ready for dinner
Ash filming for Danny McCubbin new channel  with Jamie's Food Tube team

The SupperClub -what a lovely evening!

San Patrignano team

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and you want to find out more about how to enter the San Patrignano community then here are the contact details:
tel /mob – Danny + 44 (0) 7557 058293

I was a guest at this particular dinner, which was hosted for friends, parents of residents, ex-residents and a handful of current Italian residents of San Pat.  
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