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Baraka (Bar, Restaurant)

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Unit 4 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate, City of London, London, EC2M 2PF
Cuisine: Turkish
Tel: 020 3323 1234 | Email to Baraka | Transport: Liverpool Street | Write review

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(1) In Turkish culture, Baraka translates to an old wooden home where people live, socialise, and eat; but don't let the name fool you. This stylishly modern, all-day Turkish restaurant near Liverpool Street, hidden amongst London's tallest skyscrapers is anything but an old wooden hut.

(2) Rocking up on a Thursday night for dinner, the atmosphere was lively, but not overwhelmingly busy, thankfully. Outside, the terrace was alive with conversations (remind me to come back here in the summer for some alfresco dining), and inside, you're met with an elevated bar, intimate tables and high seating with funk/soul music played in the background and beautiful people sitting at the bar enjoying a post-work tipple or two.

(3) Baraka is bigger than it looks. As you're led to the restaurant area at the back, you can't help but be impressed by the venue's stylish, contemporary design. You can see through the busy open kitchen, the mahogany tables and copper-plated cutlery; very sleek.

(4) A Turkish restaurant it may be, but Anatolian cuisine married with traditional Mangal cooking methods is the star of the show featuring recipes across the Ottoman Empire. That means meza, posh kebabs, cooked in their own stone-oven and open charcoal flames. For meat-eaters like myself, you're in heaven. Scanning the extensive food and drinks menu, you'll be hard-pressed to make a decision, so it's always wise to ask for recommendations from the friendly staff who know the menu inside out.

(5) To begin, whet your appetite by grabbing a signature cocktail or two from Baraka's expert mixologists. For something fresh and delicate, the Rosalita's rose notes were perfectly balanced with lychee. For something theatrical, not to mention Instagrammable, the Kiwi Sour was fresh, fruity, and showstopping. Instagram at the ready.

(6) For starters, the octopus with tomatoes, onions, paprika, cucumber and olive oil, was fresh, vibrant, crunchy. The octopus was cooked to perfection; flavourful and lean. The grilled sucuk of charcoal Turkish beef sausage and Anatolian piyaz came out hot of the grill and smelled as mouth-watering as it looked: fragrant, spicy. A must-have on the menu.

(7) On to mains and at Baraka, they don’t disappoint one bit. Following recommendations, the Baraka Special was outstanding - juicy and succulent diced lamb shish, on the bed of fire-roasted aubergine puree which was heavenly creamy and smoky. The accompanying yoghurt and rice lifted such a smoky dish. If you're feeling adventurous, swordfish is also on the menu. But be advised, it can be a bit of the salty side for many, so give it a hit of lemon juice before tucking in. Not to be outdone, those accompanying potatoes were excellent. Amazing what cooking over a charcoal open-flame can do to even the most basic food; spectacular taste.

(8) Anatolian dining is all about living, eating, and socialising, and Baraka embodies all those elements. From the open kitchen where clever chefs do clever things to make your food taste delicious; to long communal tables that can host a party of 10, and comfy booths shaped like a horse-shoe. Baraka is the destination for socialising over fantastic food.

(9) A special mention must go to Hakan and his wonderful team. From the moment I walked, I felt welcomed. Everyone wished us goodnight and the door was held open for us to depart. It's the ultimate in hospitality.

(10) If Baraka was a person, it would be smart, sophisticated, and refined, much like the diners who laugh and unwind here at the end of another busy week's toiling in the City of London. A place to chill with your closest in the most elegant of settings, and a bit of secret gem restaurant, known only to those familiar with the labyrinth of the City....read more

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