Last week we went for a dinner after work at Leandro Carreira’s restaurant ‘Londrino’. The name means Londoner in Portugese and that’s exactly how it feels, for the locals to enjoy; tucked away just off Bermondsey St with its independent shops and restaurants and little deli’s.
RARE Architects turned the high ceiling empty shell into an inviting place. The loose tables and soft lighting make you feel like you are at a dinner party at your friend’s house. However these friends have a very stylish home. The floor is scattered with oak tables and chairs showing elegant thin tops and warm green fabric seats, with matching colour cutlery pockets (it’s all in the details). There are Portuguese textures in the beautiful beige and red wall tiles, and timber cut outs that make the wall and floor look more like a piece of art. The rest of the walls are minimally decorated with a dark plaster finish.
The service was friendly and attentive; we were well taken care of. The highlight of the meal was the Galician bavette with some magical almond sauce, and the chanterelle with Yuba and hazelnut that blew our taste buds away. As we understand the chef is more concerned with the preparation and quality of the ingredients, than a specific way the plates look. Well it worked – the food was absolutely delicious and we had a lovely evening.