I liked Barroco Restaurant. Beautiful ambience and a cozy yet classy decor. It’s hard not to like it when you first walk in. Even the music was nice.
Chandeliers, picture frames, a cocktail menu that shows up in the pages of an old book. Barroco Restaurant really did make a good first impression.
My partner and I were having our three year anniversary, so naturally, our expectations were very high.
And then came the bread with olive oil. It should come with a warning, ‘Please do not eat too much of this’. Unfortunately, it didn’t, and my partner in crime and I ate too much of it.
The food does take its own sweet time to show up, so…
And after the two loaves of bread came the appetisers.
I ordered the Noyan cheeses (60g) and my partner in crime ordered the San Marzano tomato & burrata tartelette. We both thoroughly enjoyed our appetisers. They were real good.
For mains, I ordered the paella barroco with lobster and my partner in crime ordered the beef short ribs. The portions here were pretty generous so we both found it hard to finish our food.
The paella was delicious, but I must say, the prawns were powdery and tasted FUNKY. I can’t be sure, but I think they were the frozen variety or they were just really old. Good scallops and lobster, though.
The beef short rib was tender, delicious and fell off the bone effortlessly. By the way, the short rib is served with celery root and truffle puree. Very strange (for us).
By this stage, I was so full, I thought I was going to burst. I’m not used to eating such decadent meals (or portions) anymore.
To finish, we had the raspberry sorbet with… I’m not sure what to be honest. Nice, light, and exactly what I wanted.
Ok - so all in all, great food, great atmosphere. BUT, there were two things that kind of took away some of the magic.
Firstly, I found our waitress condescendingly polite. Yes, she strung the right words together, but her tone was rather patronising. She was also hard to reach and the service wasn’t as attentive as I would have liked. The waitress forgot my partner’s drink order. When she finally brought it, she said that she forgot cause there was some tennis superstar on another table that just came in blah blah.
NOT IMPRESSED. So clearly this establishment values ‘famous people’ more than ‘regular people’. BEWARE.
Restaurants like this need to be aware that when they do decide to charge the kind of prices they do, they need to reflect that in their food and service.
Which brings me to my second point - what was up with the funny tasting prawn? It is NOT acceptable to serve dodgy seafood!
Anyways, all in all, it was a good evening. But I think next time I’ll pick a different restaurant.