The small, yet busy North African/Middle Eastern restaurant and bar with seating arranged around the central kitchen offers smalls plates. The food menu is divided into 5 sections including starters (called ‘baking & grinding’) which includes several vegetarian and a few vegan options. In the main courses the vegetarian options has their own section called Earth, making easy to locate the plant-based options. It also offers late-night dining, something that goes down well in London. The Barbary is a part of Machneyuda restaurant franchise and headed by Israeli chefs Assaf Granit, Uri Navon and Yossi Elad who also manages The Palomar.
This is tricky one! We say try if the meat-eaters in your party insist, as they will leave far more sated. You will have a few exquisitely Middle Eastern spiced vegetable dishes to eat, but you will somewhat feel that the wind has been taken out of your sails when you finish your way through the Earth section, having only eaten a collection of side dishes. This restaurant has been on top of London’s culinary scene for several years now but we prefer their younger brother – the Coal Office in King’s Cross.