For once, we leave the ratings for the best beef bourguignon and other types of Lorraine to take you to the country with which we share our feathered logo. Discover with us the seven best Portuguese restaurants in London.
Salt cod, piri piri chicken, pastéis de nata and seafood platter: you don’t need to leave the English capital to indulge yourself with all the delights Portugal has to offer.
Duoro Bar at Flat Iron Square
Decorated with azulejos, the little pieces of blue-painted tiles so typical of Portuguese homes, this restaurant has captured English hearts since it opened in 2017, with a second location recently opening around Finsbury. In this restaurant, you can savor everything while ordering endless small portions. And if you can’t choose between a salted cod hash and sirloin, eat both!
Bar Duoro also offers a full 100% Portuguese wine list, from the famous bottle of Vinho Verde to the portuguese white and invigorating port cocktail.
Grelha D’Ouro in Stockwell
Here, the spirit isn’t really “small tapas dishes”, but rather “large portions at reasonable prices and a friendly atmosphere”. This restaurant serves typical dishes from all over Portugal such as cataplana, pork and seafood from the Algarve region in southern Portugal. If you can come during the weekend, you will have the opportunity to enjoy your meal accompanied by live music.
Santa Nata in Covent Garden
Santa Nata is not a restaurant in the strict sense of the word, but this establishment fully deserves its place in this rating. Famous for its cream pies – or pastéis de nata if you’re fluent – it’s the perfect place to come and enjoy this typical Portuguese dessert. Owned and operated by a family of bakers from father to son, you can even watch the pies being made, and try making them back at home for adventure, from making dough to filling.
Or Tino in Camden Town
This family-friendly establishment offers home-cooked classic Portuguese cuisine. It will please lovers of land and sea with dried and salted cod, Portuguese white oysters, or Peri-Peri chicken. Vegetarians should also be able to find something that works for them.
The wine list is particularly affordable, and for those who don’t want to take off their slippers to face the cold of London, this restaurant offers a takeaway service.
Casa do Frango from the London Bridge in Shoreditch
At this restaurant, which you’ll find in both the Shoreditch neighborhood and its branch around London Bridge, the specialty is Portuguese roast. At this typical churrascaria, you can eat the best piri piri chicken of your life, grilled over charcoal and coming from a local family butcher. As a vegetarian option, the establishment also serves plates of fire-roasted broccoli and white bean soup with roasted cabbage and azure cheese.
Volta do Mar in Covent Garden
This restaurant hidden inside a small country house offers you “back to the sea” as its name suggests. The list here centers on the maritime history of Portugal. In addition to Portuguese dishes, Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Angolan, Japanese, Mozambican, or local dishes from Goa and Macau, that is, all destinations on the former trade route of Portugal, will be cooked.
Casa Madera next to Vauxhall Bridge
At this South London restaurant, you’ll find both typical dishes, such as salt cod and grilled Madeira beef, as well as more original dishes such as lobster linguine. For lovers, the establishment also offers delicious dishes to share, such as monkfish broth with rice and prawns.