A delicious steak and Sunday roast at Barbecoa St Paul's

One of the best things about living in London is that there's always somewhere new to try and since I've been working in The City it feels like we've discovered a whole new area of bars and restaurants. And seeing as steak is one of our favourite treats, Barbecoa St Paul's seemed like the perfect location for a Sunday lunch:

As we were celebrating we decided to start off with a round of cocktails, me with the Jessica Rabbit and R with a Country-side Cobbler. The Cobbler was light and refreshing but the real star of the show was the Jessica Rabbit. A blend of vanilla vodka, strawberry puree, elderflower, lime and and prosecco, it was fruity and sweet, with just the right amount of fizz -probably one of my favourite drinks of all time.

With the wedding less than 3 month's away I've been making an effort to eat healthier and as I love the fresh zingy flavours of Ceviche this seemed like the obvious choice. The portion size was really generous and I loved the delicate balance between the scallops, sea bass and citrus fruit.

R went for the spicy chicken wings, which although heavier had a lovely crispy coating and smokey paprika flavour. Wings and blue cheese sauce is such a classic combination and the pickles on the side provided a nice touch of freshness.

Located at the top of One New Change shopping centre Barbecoa had a great view of St Paul's Cathedral and the giant glass windows ensured the restuarant felt light and airly at all times.

Time for another round of cocktails and I loved the Jessica Rabbit so much I couldn't resist ordering another one. We also tried Salty Dog's Gimlet which was an interesting combination of gin, salt & lime cordial, seaweed and explosive. A good one to try if prefer your cocktails a little less sweet. 

On Sundays Barbecoa St Paul's only offer a set menu but with most if not all the a la carte starters and desserts on the menu we didn't feel like we were missing out too much. Plus it was great value, especially considering the location and portion sizes. The pork belly and loin was deliciously flavoured and tender with crispy crackling and a roast apple for sweetness.

Although there's sirloin included on the Sunday menu there's also the option to order a fillet at an additional charge. We asked for this medium rare and it came perfectly cooked with a delicious carmalisation on the outside, served with bone marrow, toast and rich Bernaise sauce. 

All roasts come with a huge pot of sides, included potatoes, Yorshire pudding and vegetables as well as a little jug of gravy. For the steak we chose chips and broccoli although I have to admit we were also very tempted by the Mac & cheese!

Me looking very happy with my cocktail!

The restaurant has a chic modern decor which I thought suited the location perfectly and I loved that one side of the wall was a giant wine rack.

By this point we were feeling pretty full but upon seeing the apple custard brioche we couldn't resist ordering a portion to try. For a dish that could have potentially been very rich the brioche slices tasted surprisingly light and the stewed apples and raisins perfect after such a meaty meal. I'd also recommend the Mai Tini which was almost like the dessert in drink form.

Overall, a really enjoyable Sunday lunch and given that Barbecoa St Paul's is so close to work we'll definitely be back another day to try the a la carte menu.

Barbecoa St Paul's, 20 New Change, London, EC4M 9AG 

Have you ever been to Barbecoa St Paul's? What are your favourite restaurants in The City?

2016 - The Highlights

Wow I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog post! 2016 was a year of big changes, both personally and within the blogging community and if I'm honest the last few months have left me feeling rather lost and uninspired. So rather then blog when my heart wasn't in it I've ended up taking a much longer than expected break. Over Christmas I've had a good think about what direction I want to go in the future and after coming up with some new ideas I'm excited to be blogging again, starting today with my 2016 highlights:

A new career
After 10 years training and working as a doctor 2016 was the year I finally had the courage to change careers. It's not all been smooth sailing but it was definitely the right decision and I don't have any regrets about leaving. I feel like I've learnt so much in just 6 months and I'm excited to see what the future holds career wise.

2016 started with the most beautiful winter wedding and throughout the year another 2 close friends got married. It was so lovely to see the couples celebrate their love and all three weddings were so beautiful and personal. We're also planning our own celebration next year and I can't wait to start a new wedding series on the blog.

March saw us travel to India for a friend's wedding in Hyderabad as well as a visit to Mumbai, Delhi and Agra. It felt so surreal to be standing in front of the Taj Mahal, an image that we'd all seen a thousand times before and I loved experiencing all the local food and culture during our time there. More highlights on the blog here.

2016 was also the year that a friend moved to Berlin for work and we ended up organising an impromptu visit for his birthday. The city has so much history and a really artistic vibe too with paintings and street art everywhere. We took advantage of the warm weather visiting all the historic sites including Checkpoint Charlie and the remnants of the Berlin Wall as well as dining at some great cafes and beer gardens all around the city.

Goodwood ladies day with Dove
A day at the races was something that I really wanted to do this summer and I was so lucky that one of my favourite brands invited me as part of their 100 colours celebration. The day was all about being as colourful as possible to put their deodorant to the test and I have to say it definitely passed with flying colours! We were treated to a delicious lunch and afternoon tea, all whilst sipping on champagne as we watched the races from our private box. A big thank you to the PRs and to Sarah and Dani for making it such a fun day!

Health and fitness
2016 was my second year running and I feel like this was the year that my mentality towards exercise completely changed. Previously it was always something I had to do to stay slim but this year I've finally come to appreciate the health and mental benefits. There's nothing like that post exercise feeling and although my body shape hasn't really changed I always feel so much more clear headed and happier about myself after a workout.

In terms of highlights I ran the Great City 5k run as part of my new job, achieving my fastest ever speed and towards the end of the year ran my longest distance at 13k as well as bringing my 10k speed down to 10:06 minutes/mile.

I hope you've all had a great 2016 too and I'd love to hear what your highlights were in the comments below!
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