Bite Size Blus
Barblu brings an elegant touch to the otherwise low-key Wudaoying hutong. The inside is very spacious; with a bright interior to liven the mood even on a polluted or rainy day. A large portion of the menu is dedicated to elaborate versions of easy meals including pastas (¥60-89), burgers (¥99), and pizzas (¥76-89). Alternatively, there is a more sophisticated dinner menu.
The main courses are a choice of eight meat-based dishes. Their herbal salt cured duck confit (¥138) pairs well with the potato and broccoli. The perfectly crispy skin and the juicy, moist meat inside makes you wish that your stomach was bigger.
The Mediterranean lamb curry with pita bread (¥166) was not as quick to impress. The meager portion of lamb served with a side of a couple toasted pita slices was not as exciting, nor particularly filling, although the lamb was tender with just the right amount of spice.
To finish we tried the recommended chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream (¥68). It was a chocolate-intense delight with an interesting side of mulled apples that helped even out the overwhelming sweetness. Their raspberry non-bake cheesecake (¥46), on the other hand, proved disappointingly frozen in the middle, which is definitely under the expected quality for the price. Barblu deserves a place in the frequented spots of the beloved hutongs, although its aims for finer cuisine may be slightly ambitious at this time.
You leave smelling like oxidized oil, but we promise, it will be worth it.
Small portions, great flavors