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Nuno Mendes to open Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields

Written by Catherine Hanly for 22 April 2015

There’d been whisperings on the London grapevine for a few weeks that Chiltern Firehouse’s Executive Chef Nuno Mendes was going to be opening a place in Spitalfields, and today we got confirmation.

Mendes will be opening Taberna do Mercado right in the heart of Old Spitalfields Market. The restaurant will be open all day, will serve up Portuguese food and – in line with its location – will go for an informal, casual dining vibe. Think Portuguese tapas and you won’t be far out.

He’ll be running the Spitalfields restaurant alongside his Chiltern Firehouse position, we’re told, continuing “to be the creative force in the kitchen” there.

We’re sure, given Nuno’s many fans that the place will be beseiged the minute it opens. But if you’re fast you can get in early and save money. The 40 seat restaurant is going to have six days of soft opening offer from 4-10th May which you’ll only be able to get by reserving online from 29th April at the restaurant’s official website

Taberna do Mercado soft launches on 4 May and then opens fully on 11 May in Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW. It’ll be walk-ins only. You might be able to keep up with their news @tabernamercado on Twitter (it’s unconfirmed as yet).