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Volta do Mar

Restaurants, Portuguese Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
Volta do Mar
Venue says Covent Garden's hottest new opening. Try our set menu for lunch, pre-theatre or post-theatre – three courses £19 or four for £24.

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A snazzy global-Portuguese restaurant from the co-founder of Salt Yard.

Volta do Mar – a fancy Portuguese place housed in a Georgian corner pile off the Strand and opened by a founder of once-hot tapas bar Salt Yard – translates as ‘around the sea’. It’s an apt name: this is a spot that transcends the rustic staples of caldo verde and bacalhau, instead riding Portugal’s historic trade winds across a menu dotted with pan-African, Brazilian and south Indian notes.

In action, it was a bit of a mixed bag. A bitter-savoury sardine paté with charred sourdough was grand, and certainly the best of the snacks. Cured hunks of sea bream with a brûlée-style burnt sugar topping were objectively odd, though the pickled shimeji mushrooms and red peppercorns were a tingly, tangy foil.

A (reassuringly pink) Iberico pork vindaloo was humdrum; but the peri peri chicken was marvellous – juicy and crisp-skinned, the volcanic sauce provided in a teeny bowl for cautious self-serving. It may not all hit the mark, but there’s enough here to make Volta do Mar one of London’s more engaging Iberian eateries.

Volta do Mar says

We are Covent Garden’s hottest new independent restaurant serving Portuguese food and dishes from the countries along its trade routes- Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Goa, Macau and Japan.

Our menus showcase the food of Portugal, South America, Africa, India and Asia – we are truly international, exotic and unique!

Located in the heart of theatreland in the west end of central London, we are a short walk from Soho and the shopping areas of Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden.

We are perfectly located for a pre or post theatre meal and close to London’s most famous tourist attractions and art galleries; all within easy walking distance.

Whether you are booking a business lunch, romantic dinner date, large party, friends reunion, or a late afternoon bite after shopping and a show with the kids, we are the perfect friendly and cosy spot for almost any occasion.

We have a number of options for private dining and special events, with spaces available for parties of 8 to 50 people. The whole restaurant can be hired for private functions too.

We are child friendly and will pull out the stops to help parents relax and enjoy their day or night out.

If you love exotic and delicious cocktails, rare and eclectic spirits lists, then pull up a stool to our bar. We also have a unique all-Portuguese wine list, with rare old Ports and Madeiras that are exclusive to us and unavailable anywhere else in all London.


Address: 13-15 Tavistock Street
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £120.
Menu: View Menu
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