GrittZ Mediterranean Restaurant
135 High Street, Barnet, EN5 5UZ
Following a total refurbishment, the stunning modern interior of GrittZ generates an engaging atmosphere for sampling an honest Mediterranean menu. The open floor plan works perfectly, creating a lively and bustling environment without making it difficult to converse with your dining companions. Open seven days a week, GrittZ has built a loyal following offering an exciting menu, stylish decor, imaginative lunchtime specials and a high standard of service. The wine selection, carefully chosen to provide a range that complements the menu, is changed on a regular basis. Additionally, there are a good number of beers, spirits and soft drinks on offer; and if Italian coffee is your thing, a strong espresso provides the perfect conclusion to your meal. The menu offers a choice of pastas and pizzas baked in the traditional wood-fired oven. There are time-honoured classics like spaghetti bolognese, penne arrabiata and linguine pescatore, as well as exotic dishes like wood-fired pancakes stuffed with porcini mushrooms. The chef's specials change regularly and, alongside the regularly featured meat and fish main courses, they complete a well-rounded selection. The food is beautifully presented and portions are generous - even amongst the starters. The formaggio di copra (puff pastry tart with goat's cheese, red onions and cherry tomatoes) drizzled with rich balsamic vinegar was delicious and my rack of lamb, cooked to perfection, was complemented by a redcurrant and rosemary jus, with seasonal vegetables steamed to order. Even the desserts are just that little bit more enticing than you might normally find; choosing between wood-fired waffle with fresh banana, maple syrup and vanilla pod ice cream, and the raspberry tiramisu and lime panna cotta, will prove a dilemma. Booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.