These 8 Portuguese Restaurants Will Make You Feel Like You’re On Holiday

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That July holiday may feel like months off but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming of balmy nights in Lisbon or candlelit dinners in the Algave. For an authentic taste of summer, we’ve rounded up the best Portuguese restaurants in and around London, from Michelin-starred curated menus to traditional pastel de natas.

Top Portuguese Restaurants In London

JOIA

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The Portuguese restaurant that’s been on everyone’s lips since the moment it opened is JOIA. It’s the first London restaurant from award-winning two Michelin-starred chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. 

Inspired by his heritage and travels across the Portuguese Iberian Peninsula, the restaurant serves up flavours you’d expect to find in Catalonia and Portugal. Menu highlights include Iberico ham; octopus salad with red pepper, potato and smoked paprika; Carabineros prawns with orzo, bisque and coriander; monkfish and red prawn stew with potatoes and almonds; and peef pica pau with pickles and garlic. 

For a rooftop experience like no other, book yourself into JOIA’s for sublime cocktails and views across London.

Art’otel London Battersea Power Station, 15th Floor, 1 Electric Boulevard, SW11 8BJ 

www.joiabattersea.co.uk

Bar Douro

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Famed for its beautiful azulego tile dining room, Bar Douro is a firm Handbook favourite. The space evokes traditional Portuguese charm and transports it to London through the interiors and small plate menu. 

The regularly changing menu features the likes of smoked Portuguese sausage croquettes; salt cod hash; garlic prawns; onglet steak with onion and bone marrow; and a dreamy cheese selection served with homemade jam and oat biscuits. Save room for one of their famous pastel de natas served with cinnamon ice cream – they are too good to resist.

London Bridge & City 

www.bardouro.co.uk

Grelha D’Ouro

For an authentic taste of Portugal, it’s got to be Lambeth Road’s Grelha D’Ouro. It’s a local favourite loved by everyone who graces the dining room, serving up traditional Portuguese interiors and atmosphere. The food is rustic, hearty and will see you dining on classics that Avó makes.

145S Lambeth Road, SW8 1XN

Lisboeta

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If you’re still dreaming of your last city escape to Lisbon, you’ll want to book yourself into Lisboeta to soak up chef patron Nuno Mendes’ love letter to the city. Having grown up here, Mendes celebrates the city in all its glory, through traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. 

The colourful restaurant, home to turquoise tones and a bountiful selection of Portuguese art, serves up a menu that evolves from midday to late evening. Expect all of Portugal to be showcased here, from the seas and shores to the Azores islands and, of course, the streets of Lisbon.

30 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NG 

www.lisboeta.co.uk

A Toca

For authentic Portuguese cuisine and tapas, look to Wandsworth’s A Toca for a real taste of the country. Set up by Fernando Marques and Gabriel Jesus, the duo took over a small restaurant back in 2002 and have helped bring the flavours of Portugal to life in London. 

Expect a menu bursting with dishes, from sun-dried salted cod salad to octopus salad; pork meat Alentejana way (porks, clams, fried potatoes and coriander) to grilled seabream.

343 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JH 

www.atoca-restaurant.co.uk

Casa do Frango

Nandos isn’t the only restaurant famed for its piri-piri. For a more traditional take on the flavour, head to Casa do Frango. 

Inspired by summer nights in the Algarve, the restaurant specialises in grilled, woodfired cooking techniques, sharing plates and an age-old piri-piri blend that’s hard to beat. 

Now with three locations across the capital, a table-must order is, of course, the piri-piri chicken – think a half chicken grilled over wood charcoal, brushed with their secret spicy blend. Pair with alongside African-style rice, casa slaw and chargrilled hispi cabbage.

Plus, they’re launching a location in Victoria soon – reservations are now open. 

London Bridge, Shoreditch & Piccadilly 

www.casadofrango.co.uk

Casa Madeira

With a menu as full to brimming as Casa Madeira’s, it’s hard to know where to start but the restaurant certainly has some crowd favourites that see regulars returning through the doors time and time again. 

Begin the night with a series of tapas delights, from mussels in a creamy garlic sauce to prawn rissoles, before heading onto the main event. Order in a pair and opt for the mix fish grilled served in a butter and white wine sauce, with new potatoes and veggies.

46B Albert Embankment, SE1 7TL 

www.madeiralondon.co.uk

Santa Nata

Perhaps not technically a ‘restaurant’ but too good to not include, Santa Nata is London’s number one spot for Portugal’s pastel de nata. 

With a location in both Covent Garden and Oxfordshire, they serve up handmade pastries made in-house by their artisan pastry chefs using quality ingredients. 

Expect an explosion of flavour and textures, from flakes of pastry to creamy custard with notes of lemon and cinnamon.

Covent Garden, London & Oxford, Oxfordshire 

www.santanata.com


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