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Summary

£66
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fantastic food and a great countertop dining experience” are twin highlights of Layo and Zoe Paskin’s casual younger sibling to The Palomar in Neil’s Yard, where inspired North African-inspired tapas are served at the bar in a vibey, intimate space. In autumn 2021, it will expand into the adjacent site that was formerly their posh coffee and light bite stop, Jacob the Angel (which they are relocating). ‘The Barbary Next Door’ will, we gather, be a place ‘you can pop by for a coffee, chilled beer or glass of wine’ as much as a meal.

Summary

£52
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If fantastic food is your priority rather than comfort”, make a bee-line for The Palomar’s “fun” and “intimate” younger sibling in Neal’s Yard, which majors in “the most tasty and exciting” North African-inspired tapas, all served at the bar. “In theory this is everything I dislike in a restaurant: countertop seating only, loud music, and sharing-plates. But it blew every prejudice out of the water. The food was exquisite – lots of flavours I hadn’t had before – and the ones I had, perfectly produced. Fantastic wine, wonderful atmosphere; and despite being alongside fellow diners at the counter, it felt private and relaxed. A really special evening”. “I’d go all the time if only you could book!”

Summary

£52
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If fantastic food is your priority rather than comfort”, make a bee-line for The Palomar’s “fun” and “intimate” younger sibling in Neal’s Yard, which majors in “the most tasty and exciting” North African-inspired tapas, all served at the bar. “In theory this is everything I dislike in a restaurant: countertop seating only, loud music, and sharing-plates. But it blew every prejudice out of the water. The food was exquisite – lots of flavours I hadn’t had before – and the ones I had, perfectly produced. Fantastic wine, wonderful atmosphere; and despite being alongside fellow diners at the counter, it felt private and relaxed. A really special evening”. “I’d go all the time if only you could book!”

Summary

£50
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Believe the hype!” – Palomar’s younger sibling in Neal’s Yard rocks, from its “exceptional, tasty and distinctive Eastern Mediterranean small plates” to its “exciting atmosphere”. Eating is “buzzy, counter-style only”“get there early if you cannot bear to queue!”

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The Barbary Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Barbary Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Barbary restaurant.
Gary S
Rt...
Reviewed 23 days ago

"Rt"

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Gillian L
The Jerusalem bagels and squid were stand o...
Reviewed 6 months, 22 days ago

"The Jerusalem bagels and squid were stand out items. Everything was delicious beyond words. Excellent bar food dishes at a counter. The bill was a bit of a shock!"

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Paul F
Superb venue, just what it says on the tin!...
Reviewed 7 months, 20 days ago

"Superb venue, just what it says on the tin! No airs no graces, simply delicious food rapidly prepared and nicely presented. The flavours are superb! Served by a new waiter being supervised, he did brilliantly. All the staff are chatty and interested, chef is deeply passionate about his art, not a huge menu but more than enough choices. Great place to try out the dishes, potentially the best octopus I have ever eaten! Dessert was sensational! Well worth the road and rail trip!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.60 £23.30 £9.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
16 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9 pm

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