Australia

Barossa, 277 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4RD

Visited Friday 23 September 2011

For Australia we headed down the New Kings Road to a swish bistro-bar hybrid by the name of Barossa which was disappointingly lacking in Australian character. The food was tasty and the surroundings pleasant but it didn’t say ‘Australia’ and the Kangaroo steak that was shown on the online menu was not on the in-house version.

I had the tea-smoked duck breast with orange segments, fresh blackberries, and an orange emulsion, it was beautifully presented and you could definitely taste the tea. Other starters were pan seared baby squid, chorizo & new potato salad with a suspiciously Moroccan fresh mint & harissa drizzle and salt & pepper prawn skewers with thai style nahm jim dipping sauce. So far so not Australian.

Mains were slightly more on theme with an Australian beef fillet steak with hand cut chips – lets face it the meat may have come from Australia but you can get it here too – and roast chicken supreme with thyme & parmesan polenta and wild mushroom sauce. Dessert was disappointing with the usual trot out of sticky toffee pudding, eton mess and ice cream.

It was a great restaurant for a night out with friends, the food was good and beautifully presented and usually I would have come away happy, but I was looking for something more, something Australian, and on that it failed to deliver. ~ S

Scores

Food: 3/5

Atmosphere: 1/5

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