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BARBICAN LIFE


For a main Olivia chooses two starters:


duck ravioli with sage butter for main (£7.00 for a starter and £10 as a main). The duck is cooked as a ragout and then blended – it’s very light and tasty – almost mousse-like. She also has wild mushroom risotto with parmesan and truffle oil (£7.00 as a starter £10 as a main) – creamy without being rich (the wild mushrooms in this dish vary depending on those on sale at the market). There is a very good value set menu at


£14.50 for two courses or £17 for three – with a choice of two meat or one vegetarian dishes. Artan – who worked for Jamie Oliver at


Fifteen - now runs Rucola on behalf of the North Italian owners and has put together a great wine list spanning Italian regions and grape varieties, also representing small independent producers. A glass (£5.50) of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Gran Sasso 2010 is very smooth and juicy and accompanies the food well. For dessert I like the tiramisu (£5.50) – one thinner layer of moist sponge and a delightfully


light, fluffy cream. Olivia


enjoys the thicker pannacotta (£5.50) with mixed berry coulis. A chilled glass (£7) of refreshingly grapey, not-so-sweet Recioto della Valpolicella ‘Tesauro’ dessert wine from Falasco accompanies any pudding very well. We found Rucola to be a pleasant,


unpretentious, good value restaurant with tasty food offering fresh, natural flavours. Rucola is offering Barbican Association


members a generous 30% off a la carte dishes until 30th May2012. Evenings only 5.30pm-10.30pm Rucola Restaurant, 6 Foster Lane,


London EC2V 6HH, Tel: 0207 600 7776 Opening times: Mon-Fri Breakfast 7.30- 11am Lunch 12pm-3pm Dinner 5.30pm- 10.30pm. Saturday & Sunday closed. Stephanie Ross


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Smithfield Tandoori revisited


he spacious, modern interior of Sam Syed’s Smithfield Tandoori has a high ceiling and clean lines.


Walls are white, one contrasts in deep red, displaying a selection of simple, colourful bold brush-stroked canvases by Kent artist Roy Oxlade. Tables are well spaced with crisp white linen. The west side is floor to ceiling windows. The south wall hosts a large square dark wood bar area displaying a


tasteful selection of wines,


spirits,


champagnes and a large vase of beautiful flowers. Many Barbican residents will have been familiar with the restaurant’s old premises in Lindsey Street. Four of us – two of whom are vegetarians – visit on a Thursday. Although Sam’s parents were from north India the menu has been carefully designed to offer a regional variety and home cooked freshness. We choose two set lunch menus (£12.95 each). Our two starters are chicken tikka - soft and herby with a touch of lemon and a bed of fresh mixed leaves; Spicy potatoes – soft and savoury, cooked in tomato and onions with chilli and spices, served on a bed of fresh rocket. For the set mains we have a mixed vegetable curry and a chicken and potato curry. Both are tasty and go well with orders of rice, naan or the healthier puri flat bread. The vegetarians choose rice and two veggie side dishes: bhindhi jaipuri (price) – okra - which is fresh and not overcooked; and baingan mirchi salan (price) – baby aubergine cooked in a light masala sauce. The portion sizes are generous. For pudding we share and enjoy two choices ice cream – cinnamon and also chocolate with chilli.


Sam and independent wine merchant


Clarion Wines design the wine list to offer diversity


of style and tastes that


compliments the food to the highest level. In addition to the more mainstream


beers (Cobra, Mongoose, Kingfisher and Bangla) Sam also stocks beers from three micro breweries - Saltaire, Thornbridge and Crouch Vale. Saltaire’s Cascade Pale ale is very popular and their Hazelnut Coffee Porter is a SIBA North award winner. Crouch Vale’s Brewer’s Gold has won Champion Beer of Britain for two years running. The Smithfield Tandoori started life as a


café in the late ‘70s becoming a family-run restaurant in ’82. Sam took over from his father in the mid-nineties and eighteen months ago had to move to the current premises due to the Crossrail project. The atmosphere is bright, airy and tasteful. The food is good value, good quality and in generous portions, and is highly rated among connoisseurs of Indian cuisine. Sam has done a great job in created a successful restaurant by blending traditional and modern influences in his business – and you can even buy the Roy Oxlades!


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Jugged Hare -


f particular interest to Barbican residents is that the premises once occupied by The Kings


Head on the corner of Chiswell Street and Silk Street will have re-opened as a gastropub renamed The Jugged Hare between this issue going to press and being distributed.


Rucola


It is being managed by the


ETM Group which Barbican residents may know from other establishments – notably Chiswell Street Dining Rooms and The Well among others. The pub takes its name from an 18th


century recipe (which will feature on the menu throughout the game season). Following a full refit of the premises, the new pub/restaurant will have an open kitchen, dining room and flexible private events space called the Wine Room. Customers will be able to watch the


kitchen team prepare and serve their food from a state-of-the art eight-spit rotisserie as well as a charcoal grill. Seasonal game, meat and wild fish and shellfish will be roasted and grilled on a daily basis and Sunday roasts will be a most welcome addition to the area. It will take over weekend meal service from the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms which will now only open Monday to Friday. Obviously opening too late for a proper


review in this issue, we will cover the new restaurant in a future edition. Barbican Association members are being offered 20% off the total food bill Monday - Friday dinner and all day on Saturday and Sundays.


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