There are some hidden small places which you hear about because of the quality of the food. The Barbary is one of them. This middle east cuisine restaurant is in the cuttest place that I have ever seen in Seven Dials in Covent Garden.
Even when you arrive early, you should be prepared to queue because they don’t take any reservation. It is ideal if you are 2 because it is a counter restaurant with an open kitchen which is really amazing as you can see the chef realisation and smell the delicious dish. The menu is explained by the staff which is really helpful. We went for a various number of small plates with a fruity glass of wine for me. Their wine selection is excellent.
They made each dish to perfection and really quickly: the Jerusalem bagel and naan with the dips were amazing. We have tried the Terry’s Tirshy which is sweet pumpkin dressed with toasted almonds, the Cauliflower jaffa style is a combination of deep-fried florets with a delicious sauce with tomato and a lot more herbs and spices, the superb Olesh, which is chargrilled endives with balsamic sauce and light goat cheese.
The Chicken Abu Kalmash was chargrilled with perfect saisonning, tender and juicy, one of the best dish and the last one was crusty grilled prawn with a lemony yogurt sauce, the Kataifi Prawns.
It is not really cheap but there is no price for perfection. It was an extraordinary experience that make you want to come back again and again.
16 Neal’s Yard
London WC2H 9DP
Price : around £45 (drinks included)