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The Barbarian you know and love in Jing’an has opened a massive second location at Sinar Mas Plaza, North Bund. The menu is bigger and better, featuring charcoal-grilled meat platters and skewers, brunch, and cocktails.
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The new Barbarian is really impressive. It’s a sprawling space with two bars, a huge main dining room, a lounge, and plenty of outdoor seating. Despite being located in a mall, the venue and its neighbors, are doing extremely well.
Foot traffic from the many office towers nearby fill the space during lunch, and evenings are a mix of families and residents who live in the district. There’s also a kid’s play area towards the lounge space.
Unleash You Inner Barbarian: The Concept
Behind the food is Executive Chef Todd Alyn, an American with more than 20 years of experience working in kitchens throughout the US, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. His colorful culinary background shines through at Barbarian—wholesome global cuisine accented with Asian flavors with an emphasis on grilling.
In their own words, Barbarian seeks to take diners on a “Nomadic journey filled with smoke and fire.” Poetic. But it just translates to a hell of a lot of charcoal-grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables, that’s casual, rustic, and easily acceptable for any kind of diner.
Food at Barbarian North Bund: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Barbarian serves brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and everything in between. It’s all within the same vein of simple, comforting food, executed by a chef with the right know-how. Plus, it’s rather price-friendly and the portions are generous.
Below are the signatures, specialties, and must-trys for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Day Eats: Brunch, Lunch, All-Day
Brunch is available every day from 11am-5pm. It’s a short and sweet menu, which allows you to mix-and-match with other dishes from the grill and other all-day dishes.
The Barbarian Brunch Board (¥198) is great for sharing and has a bit of everything from the brunch menu.
On the platter is the housemade rose yogurt and granola (¥65 a la carte), smoked salmon and avocado smash on toast, poached egg on sourdough with beetroot hollandaise, banana bread, smashed potatoes, house-cased sausages, roasted vegetables, and baguette with butter and jam. Good for two to share.
If you’re looking for more desserts, do try the Buckwheat Pancakes (¥68) with coconut ice cream and coconut-caramel sauce.
It is recommended to add on some dishes from the all-day menu. The Smoked Beef Tartare (¥88), served with beetroot chips, is an easy win. Another meaty choice (they love their meat at Barbarian) is the Primitive Steak Salad (¥98), which comes with roasted pumpkin and spinach. The latter also makes a great post-workout meal.
The Specialty Lunch Bowls are excellent value meals and range from ¥58 to ¥98. These bowls are available every Monday to Friday from 11am-5pm. Each Bowl order includes a grill item and a salad or starch.
I highly recommend the Marinated Argentina Beef & Vegetable Kebab (¥88), paired with the brown rice pilaf. All Bowls also come with a hard-boiled egg and toasted sourdough bread. The Mojo Marinated Salmon & Vegetable Kebab (¥98) is also a tasty alternative, coupled with squid ink pasta.
Big Feasts From the Grill
The grill is the core of Barbarian’s food menu. These come in the form of charcoal-grilled skewers, heaving meat platters, whole grilled fish, and impressive steaks.
Skewers are an integral part of the daily fare at Barbarian. There are more than a dozen skewers to choose from, including ginger-soy marinated chicken (¥48), chimichurri prawns (¥68), gochujang pork (¥48) Middle Eastern spiced New Zealand lamb kofta (¥68), and marinated shiitake mushrooms (¥28).
Best to order the Barbaric Feast (¥398), which is recommended for 3-4 people to share. It’s completely laden with char-grilled skewers, grilled corn, and smashed potatoes. It also comes with grilled sourdough bread and dips of coconut green chili, romesco, and Dijon mustard.
And those impressive steaks I mentioned earlier? See below.
The highlight is the Tomahawk steak, which Barbarian dry ages in-house by wrapping the meat in cheese cloth that has been dipped in whiskey. The Tomahawk weighs in at 1.5kg and are dry-aged for 15, 30, and 45 days for ¥1,777, 1,888, and 1,999, respectively.
End the meal with the Brownie Sundae on Fire (¥78)—an ice cream and pastry-filled chocolate ball and brownie pieces flambéed with spiced rum.
The Drinks: Craft Cocktails at Barbarian
The drinks program at Barbarian is all about custom cocktails and crafting the individual experience. They use homemade infusions and strips, fresh fruit and herbs to create their unique brand of cocktails.
Chief mixologist Sasha Bondi has worked at some of the swankiest bars around the world, including J.Boroski Bangkok. He’s all about connecting with guests and encourages them to start a conversation through their Customized Cocktail process by asking them to choose a spirit, taste, and flavor.
Cocktails are priced based on the spirit base and range from ¥65 to ¥95.
Nomfluence Readers Special
Barbarian North Bund Specials for Nomfluence Readers.
Deals below are valid from now until June 30 when you book via the link below.
- ¥198 Brunch Set for Two: Includes Barbarian Brunch Board and 2 Customized Cocktails or mocktails. (Original price ¥338)Brunch is served daily from 11am-5pm.
- ¥398 Barbaric Feast Set for 3-4 People: Includes Barbaric Feast Grills Platter, 1 Lunch Bowl, 3 Customized Cocktails or mocktails. (Original price ¥608)
- 20% off on any Tomahawk Board.
- Barbarian Lunch Bowls: One complimentary coffee or berry juice. (Weekdays 11am-5pm)
Barbarian North Bund (Sinar Mas Plaza)
Address: Sinar Mas Plaza, 3/F, 588 Dong Changzhi Lu, near Lvshun Lu 东长治路588号白玉兰广场3楼, 近旅顺路