Barbuto is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant located opposite the gorgeous Narrabeen Beach. It is a casual kind of place with exceptionally good food. It is somewhere you can roll up to either before or after the beach and whether you are dressed up or down, you will fit in. With indoor and outdoor dining areas, an open and breezy bar stool section, funky décor, excellent service and a great menu, this place will appeal to one and all. There is even a kids menu with 6 great choices for just $9.50. And that comes complete with crayons and a picture to keep them entertained.
I'm not very familiar with the Northern Beaches and on this day decided to just take a drive and see where it took us, the only requirement was that I wanted a meal by the sea, somewhere. After what I thought was a wrong turn, I saw Barbutos and I liked the vibe. With rock star parking right out the front, we decided to stop. Apart from loving the fit out, I was immediately impressed by the level of service. Our friendly waiter was extremely professional and knowledgeable, not the sort that needs to "ask the chef" at every question and, you could tell he had passion for the venue and the food they serve. To add to the atmosphere, there were also some great 80's tunes playing, including Simple Minds, a favourite of mine "back in the day".
The menu had a heap of choices with a couple of specials available but I went for the Swordfish. It came with charred cauliflower, romesco sauce, dukkha & mint. Even if you hate cauliflower, after tasting this, you will love it. Unbelievably good. Romesco sauce is a nut and red pepper-based sauce that originated from Northeastern Spain and was made by the fishermen in the area to eat with their fish. Delicious.
My partner opted to try Kangaroo for the first time and he too loved it (I tried some and it was really tasty and tender). Made from Australia's only premium quality graded kangaroo meat brand (Paroo), it is best served medium rare and came with a coleslaw style salad, a side of Chimmichurri sauce (Argentinian sauce w/ herbs & oil) and either chips or a baked potato.
We also shared a very fresh Caesar Salad and the most interesting and unusual garlic bread i have ever tried. According to the waiter you will either love it or hate it. I found it more-ish but quite rich. The garlic is caramelised and with the addition of brown butter, the result is this moist sweetish savoury juicy bread. It is a must try.
You can view the entire menu here. I cant wait to go back and try some more dishes before heading across the road to chill at the beach. For further information please visit their website or facebook page and the "whats on" page for "kids eat free" information.