Chef Nuno's own place Taberna do Mercado is definitely a MUST in any Londoner's foodie list. You can easily book a spot, it is easily accessible (in the heart of Shoreditch, Commercial Road) and the food could not be more yummy. I usually don't repeat restaurants (there's far too many in London to stick to one and one only) but I would happily come back here again.
Why? For starters, the service was so nice! Most of them were Portuguese and a bit too relaxed to my #LondonLife pace (I am always in a hurry) but it is always good to be reminded that you need the time to sit back, relax, chat to your friends and enjoy a great meal.
Most importantly, the food is TO DIE FOR. Every single petisco (Portugal's take on tapas) was so unique and so flavorsome, I couldn't stop thinking about it for days.
What to have? Obviously anything with COD, it is a Portuguese specialty! And Pasteis do Belem for dessert (the Portuguese egg tart is definitely my fave dessert, right after Ottolenghi's Passion Fruit Meringue Tart). I am not gonna give you more specifics on what to have, as this is meant to be a meal for sharing and we actually had more of the daily specials than anything else. The fresher the better, right? God, my mouth is watering thinking about it.
Where is it again? It's on one of the sides of Old Spitalfields Market, in 107B Commercial St, London E1 6BG