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Barbuto has all but tacos on their menu and is stylish, without the price tag.Barbuto 5/16 Ocean St Narrabeen NSW 2101 (02) 8911 1760 http://barbutorestaurant.com.au
If you can’t think of anywhere that can please all parties, give Barbuto a go. It’s located one minutes’ walk from the local pub and has somehow managed to cater to almost every category of diners (except the dear old elderly folk). Barbuto is especially great at lunchtime or late afternoon for drinks and tapas style eating. The dinner is also scrumptious, however the restaurant holds two seatings at 6pm and 8pm, so working around that can prove difficult. The place is buzzing this summer and booking ahead is unfortunately a must – but their website now offers online bookings that are instant and guaranteed (because the times, they are a changing).
If you like a bit of spiciness, I strongly recommend their chorizo starter (6.0), keeping in mind that it is a small portion and should be ordered with other bits and pieces. One of these may be the baked camembert with tomato chutney and honey (19.0), a top choice for sharing and an excellent accompaniment to Barbuto’s White Sangria. Note that the sangria comes with its own fruit salad and is extra sweet at $8 a pop.
Barbuto’s menu has a lot to offer, from pizzas and pastas to ribs, steak and fish. The ribs come with a bib and all, with your own choice of glaze. The steaks are also decent and, to be quite random, I must say that the dressing they splash on the side salad is a favourite.
The food is not to die for but it is very, very good. The atmosphere, location and staff lift the restaurant as a whole, making Barbuto’s perfect for a summer afternoon and a fussy-person-safe meeting spot for any occasion.*
*Currently, Barbuto is also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.