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Wine & Bread is a traditional, family run Portuguese restaurant. As well as offering quintessential dishes, daily specials and a comprehensive wine list is also available.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

17:00 - 23:00

TUE

17:00 - 23:00

WED

17:00 - 23:00

THU

17:00 - 23:00

FRI

17:00 - 23:00

SAT

17:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 10:00

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By Stephann M.

Wine and Bread is a warm, family-run Portugese restaurant in Hendon, North London, with extremely reasonable prices. We have eaten there on several occasions and love the fact that the food is simple, honest and home-cooked. The atmosphere is warm and informal (but great for a romantic meal). Share a Cataplana De Ameijoas com Carne - a really tasty and hearty disk of clams with chorico, bacon, pork and potatoes. We also love the home-made desserts (we had a chocolate and coffee moose last time, which was fantastic). But that is not where it ends. We noticed that the restaurant has a separate section at the back - a narrow but long section with beautiful decor and enough room to seat 20 diners. So I had my 30th birthday there! And it was fantastic! Kadir and Marcia did everything possible to help. They supplied a really tasty hot and cold mixed buffet. But they have also thought of the little touches that make special occasions special - such as having an MP3 player that takes memory sticks, so all you need to do is bring your favorite music on a USB stick and you're sorted. The same goes for a memory stick with photos on (Kadir helped us set up a slideshow on the large TV they have in the private area). As you probably can tell, I can't praise Wine and Bread highly enough! Kadir and Marcia are just so friendly and welcoming, the food is simple, home-cooked and tasty and my birthday was a huge success because they took the time to discuss my every requirement with me.


By Carina G.

Marcia and Kadir have a very nice, cozy and tasteful restaurant. The portions are generous. The quality is excellent and the service is great. Marcia is such a warm person, that makes you feel at home. We organised my husband's birthday in the back of the restaurant, totally decorated morrocan's style and it was a fantastic party. We strongly recommended this restaurant.


By Paula E.

I had dinner here a while ago but have only just found them on here so that i can rave about Wine and Bread and tell the world!! This is a cosy restaurant with a great ambiance and feel. The decor is inviting and homely and they have a room towards the back that is transport you to another country with its vibrant colours, soft furnishings and waterfall! The menu has a lot to choose from and the prices are very reasonable. The dishes all sound great and the attentive staff are always on hand to recommend something. There is some fantastic art on display, I found out that the photographer of the art is actually one of the owners! The owners are very attentive and happy to please. I will be back again even if it is just for a coffee in the coffee shop area!


By Paula E.

I had dinner here a while ago but have only just found them on here so that i can rave about Wine and Bread and tell the world!! This is a cosy restaurant with a great ambiance and feel. The decor is inviting and homely and they have a room towards the back that is transport you to another country with its vibrant colours, soft furnishings and waterfall! The menu has a lot to choose from and the prices are very reasonable. The dishes all sound great and the attentive staff are always on hand to recommend something. There is some fantastic art on display, I found out that the photographer of the art is actually one of the owners! The owners are very attentive and happy to please. I will be back again even if it is just for a coffee in the coffee shop area!


By Victoria S.

Wine & Bread - a hidden gem worth discovering! Great venue for coffee and ice cream, a lite bite or a full 3 course dinner..... will definately go back.... Wonderful selection on the menu - something for everyone and very traditional & authentic dishes from 'home' ask for recommendations as they have fabuous knowledge - the Bacalhau com Natas - delicious and the desserts are amazing.....make sure you leave room! Very reasonably priced which encourages you to try many dishes!


By Bill B.

Hendon has a new Portuguese restaurant – on the site of an old one. Costa’s (R.I.P.) became Wine & Bread in November 2010. It’s a homely little place serving homely, big dishes and surprisingly sophisticated wines.

The Venue
Church Road is a rather soulless hotchpotch of businesses both up (modern furniture shops, smart Chinese restaurants) and downmarket (fast food takeaways, locksmiths, budget hotels). Wine & Bread - one of the more upmarket places - is a proverbial tardis; hidden inside a narrow shopfront sits a spacious little café, leading up to a 32-cover restaurant. And even further back there's a lounge bar for about thirty. The food might be of one country but the décor is disconcertingly global with patterns and pictures from India, Cuba, Egypt and elsewhere. The heavy, dark wood chairs and tables keep things atmospheric, whilst the splashes of orange, blue and turquoise amidst the predominately white décor evoke the sun of the Iberian peninsula.

The Atmosphere
Two months after opening, business is slow on a weeknight but the smattering of locals seems happy. Husband and wife owners Kadir Ipek (who’s Turkish) and Marcia Barradas (Portuguese) preside calmly and cheerily.

The Food
Slices of unremarkable, soft white bread (alentajo, a traditional Portuguese village bread), broa bread (cornbread) and garlicky black and green olives cost £1 per table which seems hardly worth the bother and a tad inhospitable to British diners - though it’s perfectly normal practice in southern Europe, of course - as is the butter and sunflower spread in individual foil-wrapped rectangles.

From eleven starters, pan-fried tiger prawns flambéed (though not at the table) in white wine, garlic and parsley (£5.50) hit the spot. The four, unadorned, medium-sized crustacea have great freshness and flavour and plenty of buttery, garlicky juices. Meanwhile, a traditional Portuguese sausage (chourico, £4) does arrive merrily flaming and is also served on it's own, pleasingly, save for some more bread. It is juicy, salty and meaty but is a little rich.

On the main course menu, fish gets a good showing. Sun-dried char-grilled cod in olive oil and garlic (£11.50) is a huge portion of crisp, flaky fish. Unfortunately it’s too salty for many British palates, even those used to salt cod. Meanwhile, char-grilled octopus (£12) - another hefty serving - is downright delicious. Both dishes feature plenty of highly garlicky oil, perfectly cooked broccoli and carrots and what the menu prosaically calls ‘crushed potato with skin’, which turns out to be a pair of sizeable Charlotte potatoes.

Puds seem like a disappointing afterthought; only three are offered (verbally), all £3, with a further option of cheese. Portuguese trifle is not unlike ours – custard, cream, cake crumbs, strawberry puree. It’s a cloying affair which more tart fruit would rectify. Chocolate mousse arrives decorated with Callebaut chocolate buttons but is terribly runny, as if it's just been made and hasn’t spent enough time in the fridge.

The Drink
The wine list (global and with a fair smattering of Portuguese), features nine whites, thirteen reds, one rosé, one Champagne and a single prosecco. Nothing but the Champagne (£35) breaks the £20 barrier, and a perfectly reasonable three whites and four reds are available by the glass.

Sauvignon de Tourraine, Domaine Guy Allion from the Loire is a steal at £3.50/£13.50; crisp, rich, rounded and perfectly chilled, whilst other stand out options include the Vinho Verde Branco, Quinta da Sanjoanne at £14.50 and the Quinta da Vegia Porta Fronha, Dao (£16.95), both from Portugal and both well-priced and very nice indeed.

The Last Word
Wine & Bread might not become a destination restaurant but it’s a welcome addition to Hendon’s less-than-spectacular dining scene. Some of its dishes could use a spot of fine-tuning but its heart is in the right place, and some of the wine is eyebrow-raisingly good.

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