27 FEB, 17
So last week I didn't only get to eat in the brand new restaurant Barbecoa Piccadilly.  I fulfilled a life-long dream of meeting Jamie Oliver.
With such an amazing personal experience, some might say it would be hard for me to review the food and experience without being bias, but here goes.
On entering the restaurant it was a shock, after only being open for a week ‎to see the restaurant half empty, however there was a nice warming surprise as we were taken down stairs to find the lower ground restaurant buzzing. Not full by any means, but with the environment and staff interaction, the experience was warming and comforting.   We were met by Candice, our waitress for the afternoon, who was friendly, informative and passionate about the dishes she was recommending.
On opening the menu, the delights of what we were reading, were soon precipitated in what we ate. For me it was the Smoked Duck, Champagne Rhubarb, Hazelnuts, Bitter Leaves and the other friends round the table it was Calamari, Pickled Chilli, Ginger, Sarawak Pepper, Yuzu Mayo, not just the presentation but the flavour of the food were both exciting and very palatable.  
For mains, we all chose separate cuts of steak, but none of us were disappointed in the way in which the steaks tasted and even more so, how the sides complimented each dish we had. One member of the party mentioned how his steak was slightly rarer than requested but based on flavour was very happy to eat it, with no complaints.
Then we come to the pier de resistance - dessert. One of us requested Lemon Meringue, Toasted Meringue, Brown Butter, and Citrus Fruit. Only if it tasted just like my gran made it, Candice was very confident that it would live up to expectations and it did.  Another requested the Snicker sphere, Peanuts, Salted Caramel, not only was he amazed how many similarities it brought to the snickers but more so how much the flavours went further and gave that little bit more.  We also had a great chat with Jamie as to whether it should incorporate the traditional Marathon name, but sadly Marathonshphere didn't have the same impact on the menu.  For me it was the Barbecoa Sweet Treats, A Selection of Sweet Treats. I made my way round the small bite size desserts and didn't know what to start or finish first. Certainly, it went a long way to being the best dish of the day.
For me and the rest of the table the food, atmosphere and customer care was fantastic and would highly recommend eating at Barbecoa Piccadilly.
My only criticism/observation would be, location. With the restaurant being based in the middle of green park and Piccadilly, is this fantastic restaurant going to see the vibrant footfall which has been witnessed in the flourishing Barbecoa situated in St Pauls?
Whilst Jamie had a very good point and referred to each Barbecoa being very different in their own rights for many reasons.  For me this one is a winner and a must visit. Whether for ‎breakfast, lunch afternoon tea or dinner. You will be mad not to have at least stepped inside to taste the delights and customer service waiting for you.

Adrian Spooner – Operations Manager, Hospitality Temporary Division

27 FEB, 17
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