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A quick pre-theatre was a real treat.
07 April 2018
A sophisticated spot for cocktails, lunch or dinner near The Barbican, Osteria is a modern Italian restaurant in London brought to you by Searcys. Enjoy fabulous views of the Barbican’s iconic lakeside and fountains from inside the landmark Barbican Centre.
The Osteria menu features bold, ingredient-focused Italian dishes served in a bistronomy style, with a focus on Italian produce and seasonality. In the centre of the restaurant find an old meat slicer, and table dedicated to house-made charcuterie. From the Osteria menu, try starters like carpaccio of sea bream, clementine, fennel and chilli, white onion and bread soup, and buratta with artichokes, carrots and hazelnuts. Elsewhere on the menu, discover homemade pasta dishes such as rigatoni with Sicilian sausage, and ricotta gnudi with endive and apple balsamic dressing.
Signature mains include suckling pig with sage potatoes and slow-cooked beef polenta with roast onions, whilst classic desserts of polenta cake with orange marmalade, and zabaione complete the menu. From the Osteria bar come classic Italian wines and cocktails. Try a traditional negroni or bellini, or sample the wine list which includes an impressive array of bottles from throughout Italy.
Find Osteria London a short walk from both Barbican and Moorgate Tube stations.
Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
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Customer reviews for Osteria
((*** 20 April 2018 by J from London
The restaurant only offered a pre-theatre menu as it was between the hours of 5 and 7, at which time they are apparently too busy to serve the entire menu. There were during the entire time we were there a maximum of 3 tables (much less than 10% of capacity) occupied with diners. I'm not suggesting it doesn't get busier on other days than the Tuesday we were there, but there was definitely no reason to restrict our choice that day. The food served was rather poor and very small portions. The gnocchi starter we had was very plain and boring, with a slightly acidic tomato sauce and gnocchi that seemed shop-bought in texture. The main courses were slightly better in quality although certainly not flawless (they wouldn't call it restaurant quality if you served that on Master Chef), and they really can't be had without an expensive side as there was hardly anything there.The restaurant itself seemed to have an issue with the heating as it was very hot inside and many of the windows were wide open to cool it down a bit. That shouldn't be necessary when it's 10 degrees or less outside.
(**** 9 April 2018 by David Brown from Meltham West Yorkshire
Very disappointed. The bar was a pleasant area to have a pre-meal drink but when we went to our table booked for 16:45 on April 5th our party of three were refused the a la carte menu and had to choose from the pre-theatre limited selection. We sat down at the table at precisely 17:00. Two of our group chose the chicken dish which was tough and overdone, especially the vegetables that looked and tasted as though they had been pan roasted for the afternoon. Fortunately, I ordered a side order of zuccini friti which was beautifully prepared - the only dish I enjoyed. With hindsight I should have complained, but I was hosting a special guest and did not wish to cause a scene.
((((( 7 April 2018 by Michael Mcl from London
A quick pre-theatre was a real treat.
((((* 6 April 2018 by Donna from London
Lovely view, nicely portioned starters and mains and very friendly service, though can be occasionally inattentive when the pre-theatre crowd builds. Food is fresh and delicious, with a nod to seasonal ingredients.Pre-theatre set menu a good value.
((((* 2 April 2018 by Peter Savage from London
Good although chicken dish was a little dry
((((( 2 April 2018 by Damien Maguire from Bicester
A very pleasant surprise. Views over water in the middle of London. Service was great
(((** 2 April 2018 by Sally Driscoll from Ripon
Relaxed and enjoyable set lunch, good wine. Pleasant and efficient staff, elegant setting.
((((( 1 April 2018 by Jonathon Poyner from London
Excellent service, great food, great view over the lakes in the City
((((( 31 March 2018 by Claire Hammond from London
Very good meals and very good service. Advised waiter we were given dessert we did not order, and he gave us a free bottle of wine as a goodwill gesture. Left as happy customers!!
((((( 29 March 2018 by NK from London
Booked Osteria for a pre-concert meal. To say we were impressed is an understatement! So much variety on the set menu, great wine list & exceptional value for money!!! Each dish was full of flavour & cooked to perfection. Top Mayfair restaurants would struggle to compete with this place. To top it all a charismatic Manager & pleasant staff.
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