Barbican is most famous for brutalist architecture, there’s also a great theatre space, cinema and the beautiful Barbican Conservatory. What Barbican doesn’t have, on any large scale, are brilliant breakfast spots. Enter: Barbie Green, the latest cafe in the ever-growing Aussie Café group Daisy Green Collection, bringing light bites to the big (concrete) city.
Barbie Green is located on a road called London Wall, and right out front is exactly that, an impressive surviving section of the London Wall, built in around 200 AD by the Romans. Not a bad view then. Barbie offers indoor and outdoor seating, there’s even a snazzy glass wall that opens up in the summer. The bright and airy interior, high ceilings and beautiful plants help to bring the outside in, creating cool aussie vibes to mirror the menu and overall Daisy Green ethos.
The brunch menu offers classic Australian brunch dishes including The Award Winning Banana Bread Sandwich and The Bondi (activated charcoal sourdough topped with a stellar combination of bacon, poached eggs, chilli and fennel sausage, mushrooms, avocado and house chilli pesto). The Sweetcorn Fritters are equally full of flavour and arguably one of the best veggie options in London, think delicious fennel-seasoned fritters topped with smashed avocado, eggs, seriously strong feta, all drizzled with habanero and almond puree.
If you’re a coffee lover or enjoy a tipple, the drinks options at Barbie are almost as fun as the food, from bespoke ‘Beany Blend’ coffee to classic cocktails, speciality gins to house made fresh lemonade, there’s even an extensive Australian wine list. Like all the Daisy Green restaurants, Barbie is a great location for special occasions; the two-course bottomless brunch is extremely popular and corks are being (expertly) popped left right and centre by the front of house team.
Did I mention the entire menu is ultra-instagram friendly? In fact, the whole café is flooded with natural light, making it the perfect spot for food photography, and, if good bathrooms are your thing (I’m tile obsessed) you’ll definitely enjoy the pretty pink palace situated below the café.
Review by Megan Hill
with smashed avocado, poached eggs, red pepper, habanero & almond puree, Graceburn feta and corn rib (V)