The Portuguese word for Londoner is Londrino, which was the natural name for Portuguese chef Leandro Carreira to call his new restaurant at London Bridge. After ten years in the capital he now sees the culinary traditions of his native Leiria through a new, Londoner’s, lens and he’ll be focussing it on the Portuguese dishes of his upbringing, reimagining dishes to reflect his new experiences.
Based on Snowfields, a residential street just off London Bridge, the 70 seat restaurant is split into two sections, an a la carte restaurat open for lunch and dinner, and a relaxed all-day wine bar serving light meals and bar snacks.
The a la carte menu will place a an emphasis on the sea and Carreira and his team will work closely with daily fishing boats and farmers based in the UK, as well as sourcing unique ingredients from Portugal. Dishes like Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander or octopus served with red pepper miso will be head an impressive menu, joined by a fermented potato with egg yolk & mustard, a beef maronesa and mackerel with savoy cabbage and smoked seaweed butter.
A regional Portuguese cheese trolley will be on-hand with grilled soaked brioche with sour caramel and hazelnuts or a delivious sounding requeijão with lemon curd, malt & vanilla waffle.
Separately, the wine bar will be open all day and seat 30 in a combination of communal and bar seating. The no-reservations space will serve small plate including grilled quail with toffee mayo and pão doce with lemon and Ibérico ham, again with plenty of cheese options. The restaurant and bar also stock a full wine list with a continually changing selection of wines by the glass.
Portugal really has landed in London Bridge and Londrino opens at the start of December.
Londrino: Opens on Friday December 1st, 36 Snowsfields Yard, London Bridge, SE13SU www.londrino.co.uk