REVIEW: OSTERIA

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is the latest opening from chef Anthony Demetre, who has the Michelin-starred Arbutus and Wild Honey, and also launched Urban Coterie in Shoreditch late last year. Osteria sees him bring an Italian menu to the Barbican centre, a place which has never had many decent dining options, so a chef of his calibre opening here is very good news indeed.

The menu is split up into starters, pastas, mains and desserts plus snacks taken from a table in the middle of the restaurant stuffed with a whole lot of things we love – hand sliced charcuterie, Italian cheeses, and freshly baked bread. We kicked things off with an excellent negroni (cocktails and wine are mostly Italian too) before tucking in to a starter of grilled octopus, smoked peppers and potatoes, and also one of the freshly made pastas, veal and ndjua tagliatelle. From the mains we loved the tender slow cooked beef with polenta and roast onions but the real winner was the saddle of rabbit, wrapped in prosciutto and served with farro and endive. Save room for dessert too, particularly the vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb. Osteria also does a pre-theatre early evening menu at 3 courses for £22, so it’s a great option if you’re headed to a show at The Barbican.

Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
www.osterialondon.co.uk