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jill | Jul 28, 2005 10:53 AM

Went to Barrio last night for drinks and food - I've always been a fan of Barrio.

Between us we tried the pulled pork with crispy corn cake and jicama salsa, seared duck breast with savoury bread pudding, house frites with chili mayo, the cheese plate, and the flourless chocolate cake (which I ALWAYS have and proclaim the best I've tried).

The pork was amazing - sweet, spicy, appropriately salty. The corn cakes were crispy and hot, not too oily.
The duck was served medium rare, a small breast but rich and tasty. I wasn't a fan of the 'bread pudding' base, I would have preferred the celeriac mash/slaw that was on the menu, but to their credit, they informed us of the change and I accepted it.

The house frites (skin-on) were fresh and hot, but a little too salty. It could have been a larger portion for $3. The accompanying chili mayo was tasty and appropriately cooling for the hot frites.

The cheese plate had a good sesction of three cheeses (I can't remember their names!) One was a soft sheeps milk cheese with a rind, the other a French Blue, and one harder cheese with ash. It was served with a blueberry compote, matchstick apples and a variety of toasted bread - quite large and good value for $15.

The boca negro (chocolate cake) was sublime, as usual. It was warm and served with vanilla bean ice cream and berry coulis.

Total bill, with tax, 20% tip, 3 pints of organic lager, 2 glasses of wine, a martini, and 2 cappuccinos was $115.

The service is friendly and bar staff is knowledgable.

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