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City Weekend - - Eat & Drink - Anas­tas­sia Ily­ina

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

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