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Where to Eat Portuguese in London

14 January 2019 Billie Manning

Transport yourself to Lisbon and beyond with our selection of Portuguese eateries...

Moio Portuguese restaurant Stoke Newington gnocchi dishSpotlight on: Moio
2019 is getting the show on the road with the inauguration of this new Portuguese restaurant in Stoke Newington. Its doors officially opened on 10 January, replacing Rustic Twist and joining the throng of eateries on the High Street. Founded by Portuguese chef João Ferreira and Swedish sommelier Carolina Seibel, the restaurant’s name celebrates the 16th century trade between the two countries in salt, and gives a hint of what diners might find inside: modern European sharing plates with an emphasis on Portuguese cuisine, as well as an extensive and carefully curated wine list to match.

Dishes to expect (and lick one’s lips over) include Portuguese Morcella with smoked plum, a razor clam and passion fruit ceviche, and Azores pineapple carpaccio with Moscatel and pink pepper sauce. In terms of desserts, we look forward to tasting the rosemary crème brûlée, sure to be delightful for those who enjoy adding a bit of savoury to their sweet. Though the wine list is as yet unknown, Seibel’s nous means it’s sure to be well-selected.

Seating just 35, the space is bound to be intimate and cosy. We don’t know about you, but we’re certainly intrigued.

Local recommendations:
O cantinho de Portugal
What? Beloved Portuguese tapas restaurant
Where? Smack-bang between Stockwell and Brixton, in Little Portugal
Why? Big portions, big atmosphere, small prices. The bacalhau a Lagareiro can’t be faulted and the desserts are delightful.

Ferreira Deli
What? A shop-cum-deli-cum-café with all the essentials and more
Where? Just up the road from Camden Town tube
Why? Delicious homemade salads and sandwiches served with a smile, plus a lovely impromptu dining area outside that’s perfect on a sunny day for pretending like you’re on summer holidays. 

bar douro portuguese wine bar and restaurant interior tiling and seatingBar Douro
What? A wine bar with small plates in a beautiful setting
Where? Under the arches at Flat Iron Square, near Borough Market
Why? The pristine blue and white tiling will immediately transport you to Lisbon and beyond; the food and wine matching is well, unmatched, and you won’t even quite break the bank.

Lisboa Patisserie
What? Teeny-tiny bakery stacked to the brim with pasteis de nata.
Where? Golborne Road, off Ladbroke Grove
Why? Well, it seems the entirety of West London makes their way to Lisboa Patisserie of a Friday morning, and if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em ,right? Plus, it's endorsed by none other than Yotam Ottolenghi himself. If the queue’s too long, try Café O’Porto, mere steps away, with their just-as-lovely natas.
 
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