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Bar Douro City

Popular Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro in London Bridge is to open its long-awaited sister site in the City of London this month. The expansion will take advantage of the 1 Finsbury Avenue development at Broadgate, joining retail and restaurant partners, and an Everyman Cinema.

The venue is to be housed in a Grade II-listed building, and will seat a maximum of 44 covers.Aficionados of the original site, which opened in Flat Iron Square in 2016, will be pleased to see the return of Bar Douro’s signature hand-painted Portuguese ‘azulejos‘ tiles, and the mosaic floor made from hand-cut ‘Calçada Portuguesa’ stone.

The Broadgatevenue marks the second collaboration between restaurateur Max Graham and Bar Douro head chef Sean Marsh, who will serve a menu of petiscos (snacks), pratinhos (small plates) and pratos (large plates), mirroring the culinary offering at the London Bridge original.

Oenophiles will be treated to a diverse selection of Portuguese wines. Graham intends to curate a list of Portuguese drops that currently lack representation in the UK, which will be reflected in a bespoke house selection, and a ‘cellar list’ of fine wines. Bar Douro City will also host regular wine dinners with an array of acclaimed winemakers, following the success of previous sell-out wine dinners in Flat Iron Square.

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