Four of the best Portuguese restaurants in London

Where to go for moreish piri-piri chicken and pastéis de nata

Bar Douro offers bold contemporary takes on a range of regional recipes
Bar Douro offers bold contemporary takes on a range of regional recipes

Bar Douro

This blue-and-white-tiled Portuguese eatery has been much loved since it opened in Southwark in 2016. Now owner Max Graham – whose father founded Churchill’s Port in 1981 – has just opened a second London outpost in a chic Grade II-listed building in the City. It’s bringing with it the traditional tiles, the impressive roster of regional wines and its signature dishes. From the pork belly with clams to the roasted octopus, Bar Douro offers bold contemporary takes on a range of regional recipes, from the Douro Valley all the way to the Azores islands. Finsbury Avenue Square, 1 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2 (bardouro.co.uk)

Casa do Frango has now opened a second outpost in Shoreditch
Casa do Frango has now opened a second outpost in Shoreditch | Image: Charlie McKay

Casa do Frango

Piri-piri chicken is at the heart of this millennial take on the classic churrasqueira (grillhouse), which began in a former warehouse space in London Bridge and has now opened in Shoreditch too. Casa do Frango was founded by English-Portuguese duo Marco Mendes and Jake Kasumov after dining on the spicy dish on holiday in the Algarve. Their chicken, which comes from farms in Norfolk and Shropshire, is grilled over wood-charcoal and brushed three times in their secret piri-piri blend. 2 King John Court, London EC2 (casadofrango.co.uk)

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Napura

“Cooked with love – just like your mum would do (if she was Portuguese)” is the tagline of Napura, a relaxed family-run restaurant in the up-and-coming southeast London neighbourhood of Nunhead. The menu offers all things Portuguese – from bacalhau à brás to cozido à Portuguesa to vinho verde – in a recently redecorated space with a huge outdoor patio. The owners add: “We’d bring the Portuguese weather too if we could.” 30 Nunhead Green, London SE15 (napura.uk)

Café de Nata serves pastéis de nata at three London locations
Café de Nata serves pastéis de nata at three London locations

Café de Nata

The crispy and creamy pastel de nata was invented by Lisbon monks as a way to use up egg yolks after starching their clothes with the whites. Some 300 years later, and London has well and truly fallen for these custard tarts – best enjoyed at one of Café de Nata’s three locations (Hammersmith, Soho or South Kensington), rigorously served with a bica, the Portuguese equivalent of espresso. cafedenata.com

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