I went to the new restaurant Kench & Bibesy three times since their opening on Long Lane near Barbican. It has been launched 2 months ago by the same team as Evans & Peel Detective Agency in Earl's Court.
If you love Polpo or Morito, Kench & Bibesy is definitely the next restaurant you should try.
Forgot about Spanish or Italian food, here they serve small plates of British food with original names (Return of the tail, Pigeon Fancier, All carrot...no shtick);
All dishes cost between £4 and £7, they were all pretty good but my favourite so far was the Bellypops.
It was a confit pork belly lollipops served with a squash purée and Bramley apple, such a delight, we ordered a second plates !
Bellypops: Confit pork belly lollipops, squash puree, Bramley apple.
I was also very surprised by the Kench tartare. My picture doesn't really give justice to this dish, but the meat was very blue. They seared the meat to add caramelisation, I never had a tartare like this before but I was 100% seduced !
Kench Tartare: Salt cured flank steak, minced & pressed onto white bread. Seared. Served very blue with a quail's egg yolk and some other bits and bobs.
Colcannon: Colcannon, beetroot remoulade & chicory with either cod cheeks or celeriac
This Pigeon, Fancier was probably the most original dish on the menu, the barney, chocolate and venison combination was very interesting. It is probably the only dish on the menu I will highly recommend to share to really enjoy it. I won't be able to have the whole plate on my own as it is too sweet.
Pigeon, fancier: Seared pigeon breast, barley, chocolate, hazelnuts & rowan berry.
Kench chowder: actually more of a Cullen Skink....Smoked fish soup, shelled winkles, parsnip, garlic chives, fennel powder & onion ash
The fall of jerusalem :Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut & black truffle pâté. Spelt crackers, pickled walnut.
All carot ...no shtick: Rare breed carrots, sorrel hollandaise. Buttermilk & black pepper.
Return of the tail: Pulled oxtail, roast potato, braised red cabbage & pickled grapes.The good thing about this restaurant is that there is a 'SECRET' bar downstairs, it took me few minutes the first time to find it.
If you look the picture below, you might think: "this girl is stupid the door is obviously on the left side!". So I will give you a small advice, the left door is ONLY toilet, don't waste your time going inside and look behind every doors !
After few minutes of pushing and pulling their decoration downstairs, I finally found the door to access the bar.
The place is nice and cosy. Their wooden wall reminds me being in a nice chalet in the Pyrenees, having fun and drinks with friends.
They have a large menu of nice cocktails, I tried few of them, but my favourite one was The Buck Stops Here : Tall, refreshing and fiery. Gin, Ginger Beer, Ginger Wine and lemon juice.
Cocktails prices are a bit expensive compare to the food.
Kench & Bibesy
50-52 Long Lane
London EC1A 9EJ