Barbican. Not a place we venture to very often, apart from when visiting the cultural delight that is the Barbican Centre. But look beyond the mass of concrete structures and you’ll find a gem of a restaurant that is so discreet, one blink and you’ll miss it.
Little Quiet is the brainchild of The Disappearing Dining Club that brings people together to enjoy great food and drink in private and unusual spaces. Their first 16 seater dining room is located on Newbury Street, a 5 minute walk from Barbican station.
A dark doorway opens into a moodily lit dining room, and what you’ll find inside is something quite surprising; a classic, intimate, homely and relaxed space that you can’t help but find inviting. Music and lighting are hushed, service is warm and unassuming.
Swedish Head Chef Fred Bolin’s menu takes classic French cooking blended with Scandinavian flair. Expect elegant, sophisticated dishes with seasonal ingredients. Good cooking and flavour without unnecessary bells and whistles.
Try the grilled Ox Heart, DDC Pickled Onions, Smoked Egg Yolk and Matchstick Fries for starter and the Pan Fried Sea Bream Fillet, Baked Fennel, Chorizo and Saffron Aioli for main. All dishes can be adapted for vegans and lactose intolerant to equally delicious options.
As for wines, the waiting staff are superb at pairing the right grapes with your dishes if you let them!
Address: Little Quiet, 24-26 Newbury Street, EC1A 7HU
Tube: Barbican or Farringdon (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan or Circle Line)
Price: From £32 for two courses.Table bookings are for 1-6 guests, lunchtimes are currently for private groups of 8 or more only.