Regional Sunday lunches at Londrino

Leandro Carreira’s new restaurant near London Bridge is celebrating the flavours of Portugal

Image: Richard Massey

Leandro Carreira’s first permanent restaurant, Londrino, opened near London Bridge in December to widespread acclaim, with critics and guests alike falling for the charms of the chef’s clever Portuguese-inspired cooking, here manifested as a daily-changing menu of small plates designed for sharing among friends. To kick off 2018, Carreira is welcoming diners for his new ‘Regional Sunday Lunches’, a series that will showcase the cuisine of a different Portuguese region every month.

Launching on 14 January, the first month will celebrate Lisbon, featuring dishes such as fried tempura beans (Peixinhos da horta) cooked in red pepper juices, rump steak beef (Bifes à Portuguesa) served with egg, salad and seaweed chips, and salted cod (Bacalhau à Brás) with caramelised onions, potatoes and eggs. Next in the line-up will be Setúbal in February, Beira Litoral in March and Minho in April.

If you can’t make it for Sunday lunch, pop in after work for a drink in the wine bar – we recommend the signature white port and tonic - accompanied by some upmarket snacks: think grilled quail with toffee mayonnaise and whey chips with smoked pimentâo. It would be a shame not to stay on for dessert, though: you’d be missing out on the chance to try the delicious hand-churned ice-creams in caraway, caramel and vanilla, and whey with smoked honey…

The Sunday feasting menus will run throughout the year and will be priced at £40 per person, served from 12pm to 4pm at Londrino, 36 Snowsfields, London SE1.

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