In a nutshell: Leandro Carreira's solo venture
Summing it all up: One of London's most prolific and popular pop-up chefs is finally settling down and opening a permanent restaurant in the Snowsfields Yard development in London Bridge
We like to think we've been early adopters of Leandro Carreira ever since we got him to cook for Hot Dinners readers at our Elements event in Selfridges last year. And just looking at the chef's instagram feed and the frenzy that follows him wherever he pops up in London made it inevitable that any place he opened was going to be hotter than hot.
So the news today that's he's just signed a deal for a London Bridge opening is very welcome. Londrino, which opens this Autumn, will - we're told - "observe the flavours, traditions and ingredients from Leandro’s native Portugal, through the eyes of a chef that now calls London home."
If you haven't already tried his food but want to know a little bit about his background, Leandro trained up at World's 50 Best restaurant Mugaritz in Spain, before heading over to London where he was head chef at Nuno Mendes’ Viajante before moving on to Lyle's and Koya.
Londrino will see Leandro teaming up with hotelier Peng Loh (who owns Town Hall Hotel where Typing Room is now, but of course Viajante used to be before that). He'll also be bringing in Cameron Dewar, who worked with him at both Viajante and Climpson’s Arch, as Manager-sommelier.
“There will be a nod to Portugal on the menu," says Leandro, "but I don’t want the creative process to end there. The menu will evolve every week and will reflect the many influences of our culinary experiences.”
Londrino is situated at 36 Snowsfields Yard, just off Bermondsey Street, in London Bridge.
More about Londrino
Where is it? 36 Snowsfields Yard, London SE1 3QQ
When does it open? November 2017
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @londrinolondon