I think I’m coming to terms with the London food scene. Getting a seat at the best places at night varies from difficult to impossible, and people queue in the cold. I’m not doing that! But as a tourist I have a competitive advantage – my free time. When all the suits are in the office I can enjoy lunch at some of the best restaurants. Many have set price lunch menus that represent excellent value for money. Even if they offer the same menu, you’re almost guaranteed a seat at the table. Barrica is a typical example. When I walked past on Friday night it was overflowing, and there was no chance of eating there. But the next day, in between exploring the nearby British Museum, it was the perfect place for lunch.
I started with a glass of manzanilla and some tapas, including baby eggplants in tangy vinegar, chilli and olive oil dressing (above) and anchovies (below), eaten with the crusty bread provided.
Next, herbed carrots (above) and cured duck with chicory, goats cheese, walnut and blood orange salad (below). And a glass of graciano. You know you want it!
The interior is warm and inviting (above), but the exterior does not match the sophistication inside: the pigeon shit covered metal tables (presumably a refuge for smokers) do detract a little. For £25, including four plates and two glasses of wine, this meal was delicious and very reasonably priced. If I can fit it into my schedule, I’d like to return here.