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Friday 22nd January, 2016

Exciting New Restaurant 'Osteria' Coming to the Barbican!

This weekend the Barbican will pay a fond farewell to the popular Gin Joint restaurant, which will close for the final time on Sunday 24th January. However, fear not our food loving friends! Taking its place, and opening on Thursday 11th February, will be a fabulous new restaurant 'Osteria'.

Osteria is a new restaurant created by Searcys in collaboration with Anthony Demetre (acclaimed Chef Patron of Arbutus in Soho and Wild Honey in Mayfair) and will specialise in bold, ingredient-focussed Italian cooking in the bistronomy style that Demetre has helped to pioneer. Led by Head Chef Patrick Leano, formerly of the Michelin starred Arbutus in Soho, menus will change regularly, with a focus on Italian produce and seasonality. In the bar, cocktails will focus on Italian classics such as Negronis and Bellinis. The wine list will include famous Barolos or Supertuscans plus an intriguing line-up of indigenous varieties and new generation winemakers from Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.

Both the restaurant and bar will have a stunning new look and part of the space will be given over to exhibiting work of exciting artists, linking the restaurant to the cultural heritage of the Barbican Centre. The first artist to showcase their work in Osteria will be German-born Cornelia Baltes who studied at The Slade and will also be exhibiting at the Limoncello gallery in London from 14th January to mid-February.

As is traditional in new restaurant openings of this nature the official opening will be the 11 February but you will be able to sample its offer slightly earlier as from Monday 1st February it will be open for its soft opening phase. During this ‘soft opening’ period a pre-theatre menu will be in operation for Barbican audiences between 5-7pm Monday to Sunday. The full menu will be available to the public from the 11 February.

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