If you’re going to choose a name for a new Modern Portuguese joint in Soho, the choice is clear…
…a word which in Portuguese translates as ‘claro’.
It comes to us from Leandro Carreira (Executive Chef, formerly of Londrino) and Alex Hunter (founder) of the critically-lavished seafood restaurant The Sea The Sea.
The pair have been working together for a while now, with nothing but positive reviews: ‘I think I might have stumbled across the living definition of the word “precious”‘ says The Times’ Marina O’Loughlin. ‘Anything but an average fish restaurant’, agrees Tim Hayward of the FT.
It therefore doesn’t come as much of a surprise that they’ve now decided to take their partnership to the next level, opening a brand new joint venture – Claro – later this year.
The idea is for it to be an intimate, 26-seater, loosely based on a modern Portuguese Taberna. Staying true to Carreia’s signature style, the food will draw inspiration from both his Portuguese upbringing, and his travels around the rest of the world as a chef. This means that you’ll find a variety of both Portuguese dishes, and slightly more Modern European dishes, with highlights including rare bread pork with almonds and chilli; cabbage with black garlic biscuit; and Atlantic prawns with lardo and egg cake.
Drinks on the other hand will include a short cocktail list, Portuguese beer, and wine. The wine list will be concise but carefully curated, with a lean towards the organic. The list will change regularly though, in sync with the food, and most options will be available by the glass.
Decor wise, the plan is for a big, open kitchen at the centre, with a wood-fired grill, and counter-style seating where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work. Other than that there’ll be a mix of high tables and stools, or poser tables where you can stand and chat, or dance to what they promise to be a ‘killer playlist’. The whole place will be pretty minimalist, although with the occasional nod to Portuguese artist Justino Alves. The main focus however will be creating a warm and inviting space where, when people are left deciding where to eat in Soho…
…the choice is clear.
NOTE: Claro is set to open late 2020. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. Otherwise you can also keep up to date with the opening via their website here.
22 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AN
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