What can you tell us about Bar Douro City?
The first of this pair of Portuguese restaurants opened in London Bridge back in 2016. With a menu of Portuguese tapas, a focus on counter dining with a wine list that's strong on Portuguese wine, it quickly became a big hit. This is their second restaurant and it's right in the heart of the City of London.
Where is it?
You'll find it in the Finsbury Avenue Square section of Broadgate, about equidistant from both Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations.
Where could I go for a drink first?
If Bar Douro is busy, and that seems to be a fair bet, post-work, it's not going to be easy to grab a pre-dinner drink there. But the City is home to plenty of pubs with City workers pouring out of them in the evening. If you're after a cocktail, head to Broadgate Circle for the ship-themed Mrs Fogg's Dockside Drinkery & Distillery.
Where should we sit?
If there are two of you, then we'd say that the counter is probably the best bet, otherwise, any of the seats here are fine. Tables are close together, so don't plan any secret business deals here.
So the menu - small plates?
Yes, small plates and snacks - but with one exception that we didn't get round to ordering this time around, which are the "Tachos" or clay pots. These are rice dishes - served with either wild mushrooms or crab. If you fancy trying one of these, hold back on ordering too many small plates (advice we didn't take, alas..!). Otherwise, dishes will be sent out as the kitchen is ready, so we'd suggest only ordering 2-3 dishes at a time.
On our visit, in addition to the above, we had:
Room for dessert?
Obviously it wouldn't be a proper Portuguese restaurant without pastel de nata on the menu, so we obviously had to try those. But there's another must-have too...
What about the drinks?
There's a short (six red/white, two sparkling/rose), exclusively Portuguese wine list that starts at £24 a bottle, heading up to £64 for the Churchill’s Estate ‘Grande Reserva’ Douro.
Cocktails are G&Ts (£10-£14) and are enhanced with extras (like fresh ginger & grapes) and there's also a white port and tonic aperitif. As well as some Portuguese spirits, there is obviously a port section too, all Churchill's and if you're really pushing the boat out, head straight for that 1997 vintage port at 14 a glass, £105 a bottle.
(Note - we didn't realise at the time of dining, but there is also a more extensive cellar wine list with prices heading up to the £300 mark if you've had a particularly good day in the City. So make sure to ask for that if you're looking for more options).
Packed when we visited, Bar Douro is clearly doing something right. Great Portuguese tapas and small plates paired with a well-priced wine list make this one an instant winner. They've a small terrace outside too, and we predict that a seat there will be a hot ticket this summer.
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Bar Douro. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Bar Douro City
Where is it? 1 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF
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