The Michelin-starred chef makes a welcome return to the London restaurant scene - having opened the restaurant and bar of the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon. The renowned chef Nuno Mendes is a 'Lisboeta' (native of Lisbon), and regarded as one of the most acclaimed Portuguese chefs - having worked for El Bulli's Ferran Adrià to Wolfgang Puck to opening his own restaurants including the Michelin-starred Viajante, Chiltern Firehouse and Mãos - all in London.
The light and airy restaurant is housed in a three-story blue-washed Charlotte Street townhouse - and comprises a ground floor cafe featuring a long, seated bar built from repurposed tram wood and topped with limestone sourced from Lisbon. Upstairs, banquette seats flank the whitewashed walls of the dining room creating an elegant setting for lunch and dinner.
Following later in the year, ‘The Adega’, a unique space overlooking the glass fronted kitchen and extensive wine cellar in the basement. Expect heart-warming, vibrant dishes showing his appreciation for petiscos snacks or small plates - served ‘Tasca style’ - all inspired by a city with a modern, bustling food scene that is nevertheless steeped in centuries-old traditions.
The essence of Lisbon
Bacalhau à brás - confit cod with caramelised onions and potatoes; cured greater amberjack from the Azores with orange & onion; Arroz de Marisco - Red prawn and razor clam rice and Chanfana lamb - slow-cooked lamb shoulder with a red wine, turnip top & bread stew.
An exclusively Portuguese wine list is home to more than 100 wines, and focuses on the Lisboa region, alongside a broader exploration of Portugal’s diverse offering from well-established, historic producers and key players in the contemporary, low-intervention scene.