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Bonfire

Level 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Excellent, just what we wanted, pre-concert early dinner, tasty reliable food, rapid and helpful service, nice atmosphere, table at 1815, done and dusted by 1920. Two bonfire burgers, green salad, beetroot salad, two glasses Merlot, crumble and cheesecake. We'll come again! ??

John 20 May 2017
from Kingswinford

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A funky industrial space inside the iconic Barbican Centre, Bonfire specialises in burgers, rotisserie chicken and all manner of U.S. comfort foods. Outside there is a huge terrace space overlooking the mini lake, perfect for an evening cocktail.

The Bonfire menu really packs in a great selection of flame-grilled treats. On the burger side, there is the classic cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce option, or diners can choose patties packed with truffle mayo, BBQ pulled pork and green chillies, or even a vegetarian choice of portobello mushroom, grilled halloumi and smoked paprika. There is spit-roast chicken from the rotisserie, and sides like fries topped with blue cheese.

Desserts at Bonfire restaurant at the Barbican are just as indulgent – there is salted caramel brownie with vanilla bean ice cream, and even gluten-free options like white chocolate cheesecake. On the drink menu, there are rich milkshakes, a choice of craft beers, and cocktails like classic mojitos and negronis.

Bonfire in London is 5 minutes' walk from Barbican Tube Station.

Bonfire

Level 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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3.2 (((** (based on 178 reviews)
64% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (75)
  • lunch (54)
  • value (40)
  • views (39)
  • trendy (25)
  • al fresco (23)
  • child friendly (22)
  • large parties (22)
  • entertainment (14)
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  • private dining (7)
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  • romantic (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • (**** 24 May 2017 by Josceline O'sullivan from London

    Awful experience. Although we told the staff we were going to a concert and they assured us food would be ready in time, 5 minutes before the concert was due to start they still had no idea where the food was. When speaking with the manager to try and find out what was happening he was both rude and unhelpful. In the end we had to cancel our order to prevent being late for the concert. Will never go back.

  • (((** 22 May 2017 by Marisa Benjamin from Barbican

    Firstly, there was a display of Pinkster gin on the bar but yet they had none to sell. Also ordered Nachos but they didn't have any salsa and we changed the order but then the plain nachos arrived. Not as good as a previous visit here last year.

  • ((((( 20 May 2017 by John from Kingswinford

    Excellent, just what we wanted, pre-concert early dinner, tasty reliable food, rapid and helpful service, nice atmosphere, table at 1815, done and dusted by 1920. Two bonfire burgers, green salad, beetroot salad, two glasses Merlot, crumble and cheesecake. We'll come again! ??

  • (((** 19 May 2017 by Tony Purdie from Newcastle upon Tyne

    Initial impressions were spoiled by being seated very close to a very noisy group of young people who were drinking but not eating. We were re-seated, much better but the restaurant will always be noisy as there is no sound proofing at all. My hamburger was very tasty indeed but my wife's avocado salad was a little disappointing - mostly lettuce, very little avocado. Overall, you will enjoy this restaurant if you are less than 30 and choose a hamburger. Location perfect for the Barbican Centre.

  • ((((* 17 May 2017 by John duffy from London Borough of Camden

    The menu is limited by fitted the bill for what we needed

  • ((*** 15 May 2017 by Justine Panay from London

    Friendly staff, good food but appalling service- really thought we wouldn't get to eat before the theatre. The manager's response was "it's always like this at lunchtimes and evenings"- you don't say!! Employ more staff!

  • ((((( 12 May 2017 by John Davies from Haslemere

    We had a fantastic time at Bonfire. My extended family were booked to see my daughter Amelie singing with The Whyte Horses at the Barbican on Thu 11th May '17. I had booked a table inside for seven guests but when we arrived the sun was in full show on the Bonfire terrace and we asked if we could sit outside. The fab staff were very accommodating, they unreserved our table inside and set our new table outside on the fab terrace. The staff were well appointed, friendly, efficient and happy. The food was amazing too. Our group ranged from young (6) to old and the menu didn't disappoint. Burgers (£8 - £13), salads (£5 - £8), chips (£3.50 - £5.50), great house wine and sparkling water. Arriving at 5:30 p.m. we were able to people watch and enjoy the view. By 8:00 p.m. the terrace was heaving with loads of cool and trendy people. 10/10. We will be back.

  • (((** 11 May 2017 by David Cruse from London

    Setting good, service not great, steak fine, burger poor.

  • ((*** 10 May 2017 by Jessica Saffer from Borehamwood

    Ok setting, mediocre service - took ages to get attention to order and too speedy to take away dishes!, food not tasty - how can you get onion rings wrong?! The only good thing is the location, being inside the Barbican ready for the theatre.

  • ((((( 4 May 2017 by Jonathan from London

    Very good spot for pre-theatre bite. I had an excellent halloumi burger.

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