What they say:
Finding a permanent home in one of the arches in Southwark's Flat Iron Square is Bar Douro, a Portuguese restaurant focusing on sharing plates. Founder Max Graham has already tried and tested the idea, with a series of pop-ups and supper clubs, helping him to hone his brand of flavour. Seafood and meat will be menu staples, dishes such as octopus with sweet potato and Leitão suckling pig will be paired with wine from Max's family-run estate in Portugal and there will be regular tasting evenings.
What we say:
Spanish and Italian restaurants have long been a staple of the British dining scene, but for some reason Portuguese food has been overlooked. Max Graham plans to change that. Having already run an eight-month pop-up in Soho and series of sold-out supper clubs, Max noticed the gap in the market for flavoursome, good-quality Portuguese food. Dishes will be based on traditional Portuguese cooking but repackaged into smaller bite-sized chunks, meaning you can try several dishes at once. Max also has a background in wine - his family own Churchill's Port estate in Douro - which means the wine list will be well curated and an exciting opportunity to learn more about Portuguese bottles - an endeavour we fully plan to undertake.