It’s rare that we head down south from our Flagami abode. Going to places like Dadeland is a trek, and it really has to be worth our while for us to make the trip. However, all you have to say is “Barley” and we’re there. The American brasserie recently debuted several new menu items, and we had a chance to try quite a few. If you need a compelling reason to visit Dadeland, Chef Jorgie Ramos is giving you plenty.
Favorites like the Croquetas and Gnocchi haven’t gone anywhere — they’re as tasty as we remember — but now they’re joined by the likes of Charred Broccolini and Squid Ink Linguini. Such options give guests a chance to branch out and try new flavors, of which there are many. Barley has always succeeded in providing a varied menu without sacrificing quality; tons of restaurants overextend by trying to please every palate and losing their identities but not this eatery.
Highlights of our dine included the Sweet Tea Fried Chicken (guava butter foreverrrrr) and the Foie Gras Steamed Clams; the latter’s broth is to be savored. Another standout was the Charred Octopus with farro that had us fighting over the last bite. There’s a lot going on this dish, and it all works; our table was clamoring for it. No matter what you order, expect to leave full. Portions are filling but not so much so that you’re immediately thinking about the gym– they’re just right.
That doesn’t apply to dessert, though. You will simultaneously love and hate yourself after eating Barley’s signature (and gigantic) Bread Pudding. Yes, you could potentially tackle it on your own — if you did, we wouldn’t blame you — but you’re going to want to split this with somebody. Same goes for the Churro Bites, which are still magical.
If Dadeland hasn’t been on your radar, now’s a good time to visit. With restaurants like Barley constantly innovating and evolving, your palate is in for a treat.