Born and raised in Portugal, Chef Leandro Carreira began his culinary journey working in restaurants in his home town of Lisbon before setting out to hone his skills across Europe and the Middle East. With a three year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, his debut solo venture is an exciting prospect. Just 2 weeks ahead of Londrino’s launch in London Bridge, we speak to Leandro about his journey so far and what to expect when traditional Portuguese flavours are executed with a London twist…
Tell us about your journey as a Chef so far
23 years ago, I started working in a restaurant. During that same week, I started culinary school and haven’t stopped since. Through the years I have worked in small kitchens, high-end hotels and some of the best restaurants in the world. Cooking has allowed me to travel the world, explore different cultures and make great friends along the way. I feel very privileged that my job has opened up so many opportunities. I love it.
What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London?
Having the opportunity to do the cooking which I identify with the most, a style that reflects all the years of travelling and working in different places and London, of course, which I now call home.
How would you describe Londrino’s philosophy?
Londrino is a restaurant for everyone. You can pop in for a glass of wine or coffee or come for the full sit-down restaurant experience. I wanted to create a versatile place that you could visit for all sorts of different occasions.
What makes the London Bridge area an ideal fit for the restaurant?
London Bridge has a great balance of tourists, workers, and locals which I really love. It is always exciting and never one dimensional.
Have you faced any challenges so far?
Opening a restaurant is challenging full stop. Finding the location for Londrino was a real challenge, it took a long time, but when we found the site on Snowsfields, we knew it had been worth it.
Take us through your ideal 3 course meal…
A great plate of shellfish, with some crabs, clams and shrimp cooked very simply. This would be followed by a cod recipe that my mother cooks, where the cod is salted then charcoal-grilled, and served with peppers, potatoes, onions, leeks and loads of garlic. It’s just the most comforting and delicious plate of food that I have ever encountered. To finish, a great plate of cheese with some red wine.
If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be?
Either the Mackerel with smoked seaweed butter and cabbage or the Brioche with sour caramel for dessert
Can you summarise Londrino in 3 words?
Bright, welcoming, fun.
Londrino is now taking bookings for December 1st onwards.
36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm (last orders 10pm)
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm