loti eats: bar douro
A couple of years back Churchill’s Port had their very own pop up restaurant in Soho which we absolutely loved. It’s been a long time going from pop up to permanent but finally at the end of 2016, the family behind Churchill’s opened Bar Douro dedicated to Portuguese tapas, wines, and port.
The restaurant is in one of the new railway arches in Flat Iron Square, the new development in Southwark right near the Tate Modern. It may be in a railway arch but the space is bright and airy with nice marble top counters and illustrated Portuguese tiles on the walls.
Like the design, the food is a class act and we couldn’t find fault with any dish we tried. We kicked off with a couple of snacks, crisp golden salt cod cakes and the milk fed lamb rolls which are an absolute must order. We also went for perfectly-cooked soft octopus with sweet potato and a special of hake belly with tomato risotto – if you see it chalked up on the board, get it. Star of the show was a lunchtime only item, a roast pork sandwich topped with oozing Serra cheese, which would make a perfect lunch in itself if you work in the area.
We also tried some great Portuguese wines, Churchill’s Port and (of course) pastel de nata for dessert. We reckon Churchill’s is on to an absolute winner with Bar Douro and we’re going to be back down there first chance we get.
For our favourite London restaurant, see our Top 20 guide here.
Arch 35b Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 1TD