We’ve found your list of favourite 15th century sailing manoeuvres.
And you’ll be delighted that your all-time no. 1 – the volta do mar – is about to become immortalised as a restaurant in Covent Garden.
It’s coming to you from Salt Yard co-founder Simon Mullins and his wife Isabel Almeida da Silva. They’re busy lavishing a double-fronted Georgian townhouse with serious love and care, transforming it into an “eccentric merchant’s house” before unveiling it in November.
Just like the volta – which, as you know, involved sailing perpendicularly away from home ports to pick up useable winds, and enabled Portuguese sailors to voyage across the oceans – it’ll feature a menu of classic Portuguese dishes and recipes infused with influences from its trading posts around the world. That means you’ll find Brazilian smoked ham and Iberican pork vindalho from Goa sitting side by side with freshly baked pastel de nata from the in-house bakery. And it’ll all be cooked up by chef George Tannock, who’s previously manned the pans at The Fat Duck, Sexy Fish,
and Loud Snail.
Upstairs, you’ll find the wood-panelled dining room, while the ground floor will house the bar area, serving up rare spirits from around the world and an impressive list of Portuguese wines available by the glass.
Not as impressive as your list, though.
NOTE: Volta do Mar will open on 11th November. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does, but in the meantime you can keep an eye on their website HERE.
Volta do Mar | 13-15 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PS
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