Review: Barbacoa Boise
Rarely do I find a restaurant with expensive decor and stylings, pricey menus, and “gourmet” claims which actually impresses me and leave me walking away having greatly enjoyed the experience of dining there. Barbacoa in Boise is one of these rarities.
Upon walking in, you are immediately taken back by the beauty of the design work. Local paintings, sculptures and glass work are tastefully combined with beautiful woods, stained concrete, water features, and fire. The concept is sophisticated south desert with modern European accents. The details are impressive, right down to the leather and metal strapped wood doors. No expense was spared to make this an upscale venue.
The menu certainly has plenty of Latin American influences, but don’t take this to mean that it is Mexican food. The bulk of the menu seems to be dedicated to high-end steaks which are dry aged onsite for over 30 days and then grilled over open flames and served in a variety of ways to choose from. However, there are several seafood dishes to choose from, including paella, as well as a nice assortment of pastas, including BBQ Chicken pasta and Short Rib Ravioli.
Barbacoa Boise Offers a Great Assortment of Gourmet Appetizers
Barbacoa also offers a very robust and delicious appetizer menu, which is prepared at a dedicated open appetizer kitchen with available bar stool seating to watch the chefs perform their craft on the flames. Pretty cool indeed. This appetizer menu is really quite nice, and offers many items that are a gourmet meal all in themselves. Expect to pay between $9-$18 per appetizer though. Their most popular appetizer is the Tableside Guacamole, which is prepared next to your table on a little cart full of guac ingredients, including avocados, onions, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapenos, jalapeno infused oil, salt, pepper, and Mexican oregano. I pride myself on making the best guacamole out there, but Barbacoa’s is quite nice.
Barbacoa Boise Serves Great Steaks, Seafood, and Pastas
I recently chose Barbacoa for my birthday dinner, and was well pleased indeed. I ordered their most famous, signature dish…. “Hot Rock” Filet, a 10 oz. filet mignon with green peppercorn cognac sauce, served on a 700° black rock and flambed right before your eyes. Oh how I love fire shows! The sauce is exceptional, and the filet is very tender, juicy, and has a great beef flavor from the dry aging process. The hot rock continues to cook your steak right in front of you, and further reduces the sauce into a thick delicious flavor burst that pairs perfectly with the beef. It is one of their mid-priced steaks at $34, which is well worth the quality, taste, and awesome presentation.
Babacoa Boise Incredible Mac n Cheese
Barbacoa offers a selection of 16 different sides to purchase with your steaks, all of which I’m sure are good, but I can’t seem to get past the Four Cheese Serrano Ham Mac & Cheese. Oh my gosh this stuff is good! Tons of cheese, nice creaminess, penne pasta, and big cubes of superb Serrano ham. It comes garnished with a grilled tomato slice and a sprig of rosemary. I was particularly fond of the rosemary accents on the penne that touched it, and I wish that they would add chopped rosemary in with the entire dish. But it’s pretty dang good without it I guess.
Some of their other sides worth mentioning are the Barbacoa Herb Fries and Chipotle Grilled Corn on the Cob. The fries are cut shoestring size, and are flavored with herbs and salt. Absolutely delicious. They’re served in a paper funnel inside of a cool spiral metal frame. The Corn is served skewered in a little metal stand so that the whole cob is vertical. It is fire roasted and basted with a chipotle butter and Parmesan cheese. I didn’t get a chance to try it myself, but those at our table that ordered it loved it. It looked cool.
Barbacoa Boise Wild Desserts
I’m a sucker for simple “kid” desserts turned into fancy gourmet treats. Barbacoa seems to be running with this theme in their dessert line up. Fried ice cream is served as small crusted balls skewered to a crazy shaped metal swirly thing that sits about 18 inches high and wide. Campfire S’mores are turned into a piece of art with a shortbread cookie (as the graham cracker), chocolate brownie cake (as the milk chocolate bar), and torched marshmallow creme. It is served with a little fire vessel and 3 marshmallows on a stick for added fun, and even comes with some caramelized bacon pieces which pair amazingly well with the chocolate. Now how fun is that!
Being my birthday, our server brought out a special birthday only treat which isn’t even available on their menu. It was grape flavored cotton candy, served in a hollowed out dome shape with a bite sized brownie and candle in the middle of it. The flame lit up the entire candy dome and looked really really cool. The 4 year old at our table became all eyes of excitement when he saw it sit down in front of us, and I must say, the kid in me was bouncing off the walls as well. Thank you Barbacoa.Barbacoa 276 Bobwhite Court Boise, Idaho 83706 208-338-5000