Harden's survey result
“I am truly surprised at the low ratings this has received in Harden’s!” – Searcy’s seem to have pulled their socks up at their Italian brasserie and cocktail bar, which sits in the beating heart of the Barbican arts centre (making it a natural pre-theatre option), and which by day enjoys “excellent views” over the centre’s lake and St Giles Cripplegate church. Some diners do still say its overall performance is “no better than adequate”, but more fans this year lauded its “excellent food from a regularly changing menu”.
The main restaurant at the Barbican arts centre is “handy for a pre-theatre supper” – (“ask for a window seat when booking”) – but on its current level of performance “not a destination in its own right”. A reboot by caterer Searcys with an Italian menu by chef Anthony Demetre (late of Soho’s Arbutus, RIP) has failed to turn the tide, with too many complaints about the food (“style over substance”) and service (“our main course never arrived, so we sat hungry through a three-hour play!”).
“Super views” make this “quiet and unobtrusive venue” at the Barbican Centre a “really handy and pleasant” option for theatre and concert-goers for whom there’s a “reasonable set menu”. Judged as a foodie destination however, “the food continues to disappoint” despite the arrival of chef Anthony Demetre (late of Soho’s Arbutus, RIP) to boost the Italian cuisine provided by contract caterer Searcys.
Anthony Demetre (of Soho’s Arbutus, and Urban Coterie in Shoreditch) has teamed up with Searcys once again, this time to jazz up the food offering at the Barbican Centre brasserie with this new Italian, which opened to mixed feedback – it’s well rated in some accounts, but to sceptics merely “the usual woeful catering at the Barbican”. As ever, nice views here from the window tables.
|Wine per bottle||£21.00|
Level 2 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
|Monday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|