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“Raciónes buenas”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Barbican Lounge

Barbican Lounge
Ranked #7,212 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: European, Spanish, British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City of London
Transit: Barbican and Moorgate stations are close by.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Raciónes buenas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

My wife and I had an early dinner here, squeezed in between an afternoon in the Pop Art exhibition and an evening of Richard II. We enquired prior to the exhibition if we should book a table: the manager (I think) said yes, they were nearly booked up, and indeed, by six o'clock, the place was full.
As you'd expect from the name, there's a relaxed atmosphere to the Lounge with extra seating on a terrace, which I imagine is pleasant in the summer. The main body of the menu is a selection of raciónes or small plates: as advised, we selected half a dozen between the two of us. Highlights included the battered tiger prawns, the salt cod and chickpea croquettes and the lamb and olive meatballs. The plates are delivered to your table as they are prepared, so they're hot and tasty, and you can order as few or as many as you like, which is great if, for example, you're pre-theatre. Service is fast and friendly and the wine list has a good selection. Not the cheapest, but we really enjoyed it and will return if we're in the area.

  • Visited January 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Lovely tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Had a late leisurely lunch here yesterday with 4 friends. We were advised to have 2-3 portions each. There were 13 "small plates" on the menu, so we decided to go for one of each, excluding the soup which we thought would be awkward to share! We ordered a patatas bravas and a bowl of olives as extras. True tapas style they just came randomly as they were ready. I'm a non- meat eater, and therefore didn't sample everything, but everything I had was lovely (do eat fish/seafood). The meat eaters said the meaty dishes were good, especially the lamb tagine. Think my favourites were the catalan fish/seafood stew and veggie rice balls. Small criticism - more green leafy bits on the side would be been good. Suppose we could have ordered a salad but we didn't think of it. All washed down by a bottle of house white (one bottle between 5, very abstemious but it was lunchtime). We all had plenty to eat.. No room even for puds! Though we'd taken so long to eat all this amongst the chatting that the lunch menu had changed to afternoon tea and there was a lot less choice of dessert. Coffees/teas added on and the bill came to £24 each including service charge.
We all really enjoyed it, and whilst not cheap (London, The Barbican, didn't really expect it to be) would go again if visiting The Barbican.

  • Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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“Chilli and Pepper in everything (otherwise great.....)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Went to the Lounge last night with a friend - ordered some cocktails and Nibbles.

Even Nibbles that don't mention Chilli or Pepper on the menu... HAVE Chilli and/or Pepper in them - BEWARE IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES

I think the lack of description on the menu is DANGEROUS

as you may have guessed - I have allergies to Chilli and Peppers.....

Had to go to Searcy's instead (which was excellent)

Note: the Service was fantastic, and the atmosphere is great - just very disappointed with the menu (even the hummus has chilli in it, and the aubergine chips have chilli flakes in the coating)

  • Visited January 2014
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Seville, Spain
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

My wife and I had lunch at the Lounge just before a matinee on 28 December; it wasn't clear from the website if it would be open for lunch - our Plan B was the restaurant at level 2, the Gin Joint. Luckily, the Lounge was open.

The Lounge serves mainly tapas. We selected the Carnivore, a dish for two with dry cured meats, mini gherkins, capers, small tomatoes and olives; a tapa of risotto balls; and a tapa of lamb meatballs. For drinks, a beer and a glass of Merlot.

Everything was prepared perfectly and the service was fast and competent. The atmosphere was quiet, with no loud music, and the view over the Barbican terrace was very nice.

For pudding we had a pear tart to share, which came with a small pannacotta and a sorbet, and two espresso coffees. The bill, including service charge, was just under 45 pounds. On the whole, an excellent experience, particularly because of the wide choice of small dishes which allowed us to tailor our meal perfectly in quantity as well as in quality.

  • Visited December 2013
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manchester
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“Delicious food if a little too speedy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Fantastic tapas style food. We thoroughly enjoyed each dish. There was some seriously accomplished cooking with particular highlights being the lamb tagine and venison lasagne. We were told the food came as soon as it was ready, tapas style, just didn't expect to order and eat in about 15 minutes! Overall super cooking and good value considering the quality.

  • Visited December 2013
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