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The Barbican Pasta Bar

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published December 9th 2013
Creamy mushroom delights
Pasta Bar is actually a restaurant, but as the title suggests, this little Italian eatery predominantly serves pasta.

I visited here on a trip to Plymouth recently and, unfortunately, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth. I'm not much of a pasta-eater, but my friend loves it, so in we went.


It looked small on the outside, and inside it was no bigger. A relatively dark and humble room with basic decor set me on edge a little, but sometimes the simplest of places can be wonderful. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

We sat on a rather small table, in the slightly raised area near the bar. We were presented with two menus: one lunch menu, which cost £9.95 for a starter and main, and the a la carte menu.


Thankfully, our waitress was patient with me, and recommended the Caesar salad when I couldn't decide between a pizza, burger, or salad. Our starter of garlic mushrooms (mushrooms sautéed, coated in a creamy sauce) was delicious, and the perfect sharing size.

The service was great and the staff helpfully provided us with two plates when we shared our starter.

Pasta Bar, The Barbican, pasta, Italian, restaurant
Garlic mushrooms

Within 10 minutes of being served our starter, our mains arrived and I was more than underwhelmed. My Caesar salad was a rather strange presentation. It was a large plate of salad, bits of bacon stuck together, croutons, and leaves coated in mayonnaise, with a few strips of chicken. My friends bowl of pasta was an orange mess, but she enjoyed it.

Pasta Bar, The Barbican, pasta, Italian, restaurant
Caesar salad

For £20.00 (with a £3.00 tip for service), I would have expected to at least like my salad, but unfortunately it fell short of my expectations.
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Why? For Italian-style starters
When: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Phone: 01752 671299
Where: The Barbican
Cost: £9-12.00 per meal
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They definitely need to work on presentation.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12048) 1771 days ago
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