How could I resist the opportunity to visit an establishment whose offering combines two of my favourite things –
Cocktails and authentic Turkish food – Exactly. I couldn’t.
This week, me and my partner Danielle popped by BARRU’S on Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea WOW, we were not disappointed
Immediately on arrival I knew this place wasn’t messing about, what with the modern exterior bright lights and the warm welcome at the door, I knew the night was going to be full of surprises.
As you enter via the GIANT door, you are presented with an Essex chic style high black gloss bar with hints of gold granger letting you know you are just about to be entertained.
The bar is well stocked with a large variety of spirits and beers and the wine listed very much designed around the rich Turkish food we will come to very soon.
The mixologist handed us the drinks menu and immediately the mojito jumped out at me, my partner went for the sex on the beach!!
As the mixologist was commanding his trade like a well trained attention to detail chef, I saw this pint class come out and just like that I was presented with a pint of mojito and that’s when I definitely knew we were in for a fun night, the music went up a notch and the sweet bitter mojito started to work its magic, my partner in crime’s sex on the beach was packing a fruity punch along with a nice back note of vodka.
Now on to the main event after all we were not just here for the amazing cocktails and funky tunes.
We were led to our table by the manager and like a true entertainer of the floor, he pulled both our chairs out, waited for us to be seated, lit the candle and presented us with the menus… wow immediately. Looking at the menu I was transported to markets of Istanbul, and then I noticed the glass walled kitchen where you could see the master at work cooking over hot open coal grill.
The manager approached the table with a basket of warm bread and a selection of dips, Garlic yoghurt, chilli & onion salsa with kamala olives. The bread was fresh and grilled to perfection and the dips wow.
After a long look at menu we went for a starter of Babaga Nush the Kalamar and a mix cold meze platter which was a section of humus, patlican oslu, ispanak trarator, cacik, kisir,
During the short wait for our starters, Danielle and I sat back and took in our surroundings, the décor was warm and inviting even knowing it has an Essex chic look it wasn’t to over the top it was just right.
Now on to the food
The starters arrived only after a short wait, the food was well presented and smelt amazing.
Danielle had the kalamar jumbo tender squid rings in crispy double panko crumb and was served with this tart zingy crunchy tartar sauce, ( to die for was Danielle’s words) I had the Babaga Nush, as a chef I’ve tried so many varieties over the years, some too watery, some with way to much Tahini, but this one was truly amazing, just the right amount of garlic and seasoning topped with a very rich punchy extra virgin olive oil,
The meze plater was just as good and yet again you can taste the authentic homemade taste and the good quality
ingredients used, the start of the show on that plate was the Patlican soslu, fried aubergine, roasted peppers and tomatoes with smoked garlic served chilled very nice indeed. We found it hard to finish it all but if you were a table of
4 the meze would be a good choice along with some warm breads.
The main event, but some much needed drinks had to be ordered first. I went for a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc and Danielle went for the Pornstar martini, very classy !!
Come to ordering the main and this I found hard as there was many amazing dishes to choice from but after a long look and much debates I went for the lamb special Incik (Kleftico) slow braised lamb shank with potato, carrot, celery, onion in a rich special tomato sauce with rice and salad. The Lamb was cooked to perfection and fell off the bone, the sauce was definitely packing a rich tomato and spice punch.
Danielle went for the Lamb Beyti, a blend of minced lamb and spices cooked over an authentic open chargrill, served with salad and rice. If your not a big eater then this is not a lite option for you, but none the less Danielle tucked in to the juicy lamb that was making me drool just looking at it. The smell was amazing and the taste was just as amazing and
totally melt in the mouth, the dish came with a little pickle tasting salad, in Danielle’s words “ this is epic ”..
With our plates completely cleaned and no need for the dish washer, I was presently surprised and totally full. I’ve got to be honest this truly is one of the best Turkish meals I’ve had in a long time,
The venue also provides a large entertaining space upstairs which can easily cater for up to 26 people, so if your looking to have a celebration or a staff meal then Barru’s is definItely worth a try.
BARRU’s of Westcliff gets my 5 Star rating for – Service, Food, Venue and Value if you haven’t already tried it then what on earth are you waiting for?

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