Shoreditch, Clerkenwell

Taberna Do Mercado

Taberna Do Mercado

This is the latest from Nuno Mendes, best known for Chiltern Firehouse and Viajante before that. This time he's gone back to his roots, with an all-day restaurant serving Portuguese tapas and more. If you can make it for the morning, try the custard tarts which are among the very best in London.

Restaurant details

Address: Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1 6BG

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Nearest Station: Liverpool Street

Opening times: 12noon - 9.30pm daily

Outside seating (weather permitting)

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Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on September 04, 2015
"Mendes is cooking the food of his Portuguese roots – particularly Alentejo, the country’s gastronomic larder – albeit lightly shape-shifted. It won’t suit everyone: boldness rarely does." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 12, 2015
"Mendes is making the food he was born to, and you can taste it. It has swagger and panache and a confidence that isn’t just trying to impress." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Tom Parker Bowles Mail on Sunday
Reviewed on July 05, 2015
"I get the feeling that Taberna do Mercado could be the Moro of Portuguese food, the restaurant that puts the country back in the culinary limelight. It’s not every day you taste something entirely new." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on July 04, 2015
"(Nuno Mendes) has opened a Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields and done a very good job of replicating the horridness of his native cuisine – although it is inconsistent, and one or two rather delicious things suggest his mind was not fully on the job." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on July 04, 2015
"It's a funny place, Nuno's market tavern – small, interesting, slightly challenging, sometimes off-putting. But there's plenty to excite the Euro-foodie, the staff are charming and enthusiastic – and you don't have to keep twisting round to see people from fashion magazines walking in through the door." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed by June 10, 2015
"I am lost in admiration for this chef and his qualities – poetry, intelligence, delicacy, inventiveness and character." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on May 19, 2015
"If you found a restaurant like this is Lisbon, you’d be delighted. But you never will, because Taberna do Mercado’s an export model, and a one-off." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 20, 2015
"Nearly all items are so unlike anything I have encountered in Portugal that I attempt with the help of three friends over two occasions to eat most of the list including dishes of the day." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Anon Olive Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on May 18, 2015
"Everything we tried was exquisite, kicking off with runner bean fritters and bulhao pato (a wine and clam broth)." READ REVIEW

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