Drawing inspiration from the traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, this rustic restaurant offers a contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine alongside expertly sourced regional wines.
Masterminded by owner Max Graham, Bar Douro is built on the long-term relationship he and his family have with the Douro Valley – where they have been making wine and port for two centuries. The restaurant is inspired by the family business, Churchill’s Port, and a childhood spent in Portugal. Max created Churchill’s Port House in 2013, an eight month pop-up port bar in Soho. Then followed with a series of supper clubs including Pop Brixton (January 2016) and Carousel (February 2016) in London, a three-month residency in Porto with Head Chef Tiago Santos (formerly of Boa Nova Casa da Cha, Ricardo Costa at The Yeatman Hotel and Largo do Paço at Casa da Calcada) and an upcoming one-night event at Soho Farm House on 18 August.
Between selling out supper clubs, Max and Tiago, have spent the past year travelling around Portugal discovering local culinary secrets and sourcing the finest Portuguese produce. Bringing together the fruits of their labour, Bar Douro’s small-plate focused menu includes Croquettes de alheira (Portuguese smoked sausage), Leitão suckling pig, Octopus with sweet potato and favas, Cataplana fish stew, Bísaro pork ribs with ruby port glaze, and Milk fed lamb Chanfana. Traditional desserts with a twist such as Fondant ‘baba de camelo’, Abade de priscos pudding and Pastel de nata (custard tarts) with cinnamon ice cream sit alongside Portuguese cheeses like Serra da Estrela with tomato jam.
The carefully curated Portuguese wine list is as important as the food served alongside it. Exploring key wine growing regions and highlighting the huge range of native grape varieties that Portugal has to offer, Graham works closely with independent winemakers to import a selection of wines not currently available in the UK market. For those wanting to delve deeper into the wine list, regular wine tastings are held in the first floor private dining and events space.
The decor is a contemporary take on classic Portuguese influences, with themes developed alongside architectural designer Steph Gallia and branding agency Studio 91 to reflect the innovative energy and caring nature true to the identity of Bar Douro.
Monday to Saturday: Midday–Midnight