Bar Douro is Portugal without the plane ticket. Everything from its Azulejo tiled interiors, to its laidback vibe, sweet port and salted cod fritters is an authentic reflection of the best bits of Portugal, and I guarantee a meal here will have you look at flight prices later that evening…
A popular spot in Borough, Bar Douro is one of the more upmarket eateries in the recently regenerated Flat Iron Square. An intimate little space that you’ll miss it if you’re not looking for it, Bar Douro has just a handful of small high tables inside, and then stools along the grand marble bar — the latter I’d suggest you go for so you can spy the chefs at work while you eat.
I’d eye up the menu with a glass of Churchill’s White port (even if it’s lunch time, you must) and then get started with some salted cod fritters — one of my favourites local dishes that we had in Lisbon last year, and not to be missed here either; they’re perfect.
I visited for lunch with a friend and we shared 5 dishes between the two of us (including the cod fritters) which definitely seemed sufficient. We had (and I’d certainly recommend) the mega moreish crispy potatoes with coriander mayonnaise, the beautiful meaty octopus on a bed sweet potato puree, the delightful gambas aguilho (garlic prawns, in their shells), and the chargrilled tender stem broccoli with ginger and chilli.
If we’d have stayed for dessert (I regrettably rushed off back to work), I’d have most definitely gone for a pastel de nata, which I can only imagine going on the rest of the meal, would have be just as delicious as the ones we devoured in Portugal.
That's an excuse to go back… I'm already excited.
BAR DOURO, ARCH 35B, FLAT IRON SQUARE, LONDON, SE1 1TD