A long standing landmark of Fulham Road, Barbarella is going back to its heyday and cooking up an 80s culinary feast. Having been sent a genuine Barberella menu from the 80s, Head Chef Lauren Clement Delbos is recreating several dishes from the Italian inspired menu to mark her appointment. We’re talking 80s classics such as Pollo alla aka Chicken Kiev, trifle and gazpacho and to keep it authentic, the prices are seriously 80s too, a main course of fresh rabbit for £3.20, pate for £1.15. Can’t say no to that!
Last week The Handbook headed over to Barbarella to try out some of the 80s dishes as well as courses from the ala carte menu. From the 80s menu the Chicken Kiev definitely stood out, yes it may not be the most extravagant of meals, but get it right, as they did, and as they say, less is more. The perfect comfort food. Equally the sea bass baked in white wine and lemon juice was perfect, light yet filling and for pudding, it of course had to be trifle. The three tiered strawberry trifle had us feeling all nostalgic, the sort you had when you were younger.
Standing out from the a la carte menu had to be the Wild rabbit and fennel stew with celeriac mash. The rabbit was rich and worked perfectly with the celeriac mash, which was a lighter alternative to regular potato mash, which could have made the dish too heavy. The starter that we would order again and again goes to the fresh burrata served with cherry tomatoes, for those not in the know, burrata is a cheese made from mozzarella and cream and it seriously good.
Other dishes on the a la carte menu include, whole Dorset crab served with lime and chilli, grilled seared tuna steak served rare with mango, green beans, noodles and rocket salad and a white chocolate and pistachio parfait.
So whether you remember the 80s or not, whether it is the weekend or not, you know where to head to when you’re in west London: Barbarella.
80s Menu served Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday for four weeks.