Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro is to open at Flat Iron Square this September, offering a contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine alongside expertly sourced regional wines.
Max Graham is the mastermind behind the 35 cover Bar Douro, as well as the 2013 pop-up Churchill's Port House, which he followed with a series of supper clubs including Pop Brixton (January 2016) and Carousel (February 2016). In spring 2016 he hosted a three-month residency in Porto with head chef Tiago Santos. Graham and Santos also spent the past year travelling around Portugal discovering local recipes and sourcing Portuguese produce.
Bar Douro's small-plate focused menu will include croquettes de alheira (Portuguese smoked sausage), Leitão suckling pig, octopus with sweet potato and favas, Cataplana fish stew, Bísaropork ribs with ruby port glaze, and milk-fed lamb Chanfana. Traditional desserts with a twist include fondant ‘baba de camelo', Abade de priscos pudding and Pastel de nata (custard tarts) with cinnamon ice cream, as well as Portuguese cheeses like Serra da Estrela with tomato jam.
The Portuguese wine list will explore key wine growing regions and highlight the huge range of native grape varieties that Portugal has to offer. Graham will work closely with independent winemakers to import a selection of wines not currently available in the UK. Regular wine tastings will also be held in the first floor private dining and events space.
The decor will be a contemporary take on classic Portuguese influences, with themes developed alongside architectural designer Steph Gallia and branding agency Studio 91.