Palomar pair to open 'little sister' to The Barbary

By Joe Lutrario

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Palomar owners to launch The Barbary Next Door restaurant in Covent Garden

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Next month will see Layo and Zoe Paskin open a relaxed ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant and wine bar adjacent to its Covent Garden restaurant The Barbary.

The Barbary Next Door launched during lockdown​offering freshly made food and various retail products but currently trades as coffee shop and bakery Jacob the Angel.

Overseen by The Barbary head chef Daniel Alt, the restaurant will be open from breakfast until late offering a menu that will take its ‘cues from the fragrant spices and smoky flavours of Moorish Spain and North African cooking’. 

Dishes include ktefa (brick pastry layered with crème anglaise); maaqooda (Moroccan tortilla); raw sea bass with cherry coriander salad, lime yoghurt; oysters served with harissa oil; chicken pastilla; and a selection of tagines.

Created by group sommelier Honey Spencer​, the wine list will focus on organic picks from the warmer Old World regions so as to stand up to the spices in the kitchen. 

Designed by Gundry & Drucker, the interiors will take their cues from 'backstreet Andalusian bars, Casablancan twentieth century design and airy Moroccan courtyards'. 

“The Barbary Next Door was initially our neighbourhood delivery service during lockdown; now that everything has re-opened, we’re bringing that welcome sense of familiarity to Neal’s Yard with our new restaurant and wine bar,” says Zoe. 

“The Barbary Next Door will certainly reference some of the food and design elements that The Barbary has become known for but it will be a new experience. It’s a relaxed spot where you can pop by for a coffee, chilled beer or glass of wine, perch at the bar for a quick bite or settle in for the evening with friends,” adds Layo. 

Jacob the Angel will be relocating to another location, with news to follow.

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