Bar Douro

Restaurants, Portuguese The Borough
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A stylish Portuguese joint at Flat Iron Square.

Bar Douro – a stylish spot bringing Portuguese small plates to Southwark’s Flat Iron Square – makes a great first impression. Design-wise, the attention to detail is marvellous, with a broad open kitchen, two shiny marble counters lined with stools and some lovely tiled walls, like those you see in Lisbon and Porto. It’s a gorgeous space to while away an evening over a bottle of vino.

The same care for presentation extends to the food. Four crispy croquettes were served on one of those blue and white wall tiles, each topped with a delicate green sprig and packed with a smokey, lemony filling. These were followed by a set of plump cod cakes, served with a lovely, zingy dipping sauce, and a frothy yellow fish stew that was enormously flavourful – it’s just a shame there was only enough for a couple of mouthfuls.

Even more of a let-down was a sharing plate of suckling pig that needed more greenery to cut through the grease, and a grilled octopus tentacle that, though beautifully charred and stunning on the website, in reality arrived as a fleshy appendage buried beneath some limp and carelessly arranged vegetables. While it’s true that Portuguese cuisine can be considered a little humdrum (especially compared to the delicious food that practically flows from its Iberian neighbour), these were still disappointments.

With a little tweaking here and there, Bar Douro could be excellent, and the owners have certainly nailed the cosy Portuguese vibe. Until then, it’s a perfect place to catch up over a glass or two, with a couple of tasty nibbles on the side.

By: Alex Plim


Venue name: Bar Douro
Address: Arch 35B, Union Street, Flat Iron Square
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £85.
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Buzzing Portuguese restaurant where every dish was delicious!

I visited with my boyfriend on my birthday and they had arranged for a special welcome glass of fizz which was a nice touch! Although there's not a lot of space in the restaurant itself, you have plenty of space on your table and it's nice to look out either over the bar or into Flat Iron Square. 

I went in December but they have lots of tables outside so I'll definitely be going back in the summer to enjoy dinner al fresco.

Each dish we had was delicious, from the squid to the croquettes to the Portuguese tart for pudding with cinnamon ice cream! I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for casual, small plates full of flavour!