Leandro Carreira has confirmed to Eater London that his new restaurant — his first permanent project in London — Londrino will open at 36 Snowsfields Yard, just off Bermondsey Street, at the end of November. Today, 1 November, it was announced that booking will go live at 5pm.
New details have been shared about the 70-seater restaurant’s offering, which Carreira says is “with a nod to Portugal” and less Portuguese per se, with “emphasis on the sea.” They include:
- Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander
- Octopus with red pepper miso
- Fermented potato with egg yolk & mustard
- Beef Maronesa (a traditional northern Portuguese breed of mountain cattle)
- Mackerel with Savoy cabbage and smoked seaweed butter
- A regional Portuguese cheese trolley
- Grilled soaked brioche with sour caramel and hazelnuts and
- Requeijão (a Portuguese ricotta-like dairy product) with lemon curd, malt and vanilla waffle
The all-day, “casual wine bar” will seat an additional 30: 10 around a communal table, with a further 20 at the bar and around the room. This no-reservations space will offer small plates such as grilled quail with toffee mayo and pão doce with lemon and Ibérico ham, as well a selection of rare Portuguese cheeses and cured meats.
Carreira said that Londrino will observe the flavours, traditions and ingredients of his native Portugal but will be cooked and explored through the lens of a chef who now calls London his home. “There will be a nod to Portugal on the menu but I don’t want the creative process to end there. The menu will evolve every week and will reflect the many influences of our culinary experiences.”
After growing up in Leira and cooking in Lisbon, Carreira moved to northern Spain and worked with Andoni Luis Aduriz’s at Mugaritz for three years, before travelling to London to work at Nuno Mendes’ then Bethnal Green restaurant, Viajante as head chef. He subsequently went on to spend time at Koya with Junya Yamasaki and Shuko Oda and with James Lowe at Lyle's.
Last year, Carreira ran a pop-up in London Fields: L.C. at Climpson’s Arch, following other successful restaurant pilots at the same location: Dave Pynt’s Burnt Endz and Som Saa all debuted in the same coffee roaster’s storage arch. Cameron Dewar, who worked with the chef both at Viajante and L.C., will be joining him as manager-sommelier at Londrino.
The project is a collaboration between Carreira and Loh Peng — the restaurateur and hotelier who owns Unlisted Collection.
Londrino is situated at 36 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU, just off Bermondsey Street, in London Bridge. @londrinolondon