LISBON COMES TO LONDON
Britain’s appetite for all things Portuguese – from painted azulejo tiles to creamy pastéis de nata – is growing. Here are three ways to try the Iberian country’s glorious food and drink nearer to home
EAT Portuguese chef Leandro Carreira’s new restaurant Londrino will already be on the must-visit list of any foodies who dined at his low-key residency under Climpson’s Arch in Hackney last year, where he cooked inventive dishes. His new space in Southwark has been overseen by Nathalie Roencwajg of Rare Architecture, who added plaster walls, a timber tiled floor and handmade walnut communal table. Sit at the bar for a plate of Portuguese cheeses served with aged pear (londrino.co.uk).
COOK Nuno Mendes, the Portuguese chef currently cooking at London’s ritzy Chiltern Firehouse, has written a cookbook ode to his home town, Lisboeta. Attempt the authentically tempting salt cod cakes (£26, Bloomsbury).
DRINK Walking into Bar Douro is like stepping off a Lisbon alleyway and back in time. Its owner, Max Graham, grew up in the Douro Valley and was inspired by its old-school
cervejarias (breweries) and the kitchens of his childhood. Also located near London Bridge, his bar features walls lined with traditional azulejo tiles, specially commissioned from Ceramica Bicesse, one of Portugal’s last remaining hand-painting factories. Stop by for a cold glass of Meio Queijo – a wine made in north Portugal (bardouro.co.uk).