Founded by husband and wife team Simon Mullins (formerly Co-Founder of the Salt Yard Group) and Isabel Almeida Da Silva (Mirabelle, Delaunay), the restaurant will celebrate Portuguese cuisine and its rich culinary influences from around the world.
Loosely translating as ‘return from the sea’, Volta do Mar will explore the regional cuisine of Portugal, from the classic staples to the dishes born of the country’s trading past and culinary interactions with countries such as Angola, Goa, Mozambique, Brazil, Macau and beyond.
Born and raised in Portugal, chef George Tannock, who honed his skills at The Dorchester, The Fat Duck, Zuma, Treves & Hyde and most recently Sexy Fish, will take the helm as head chef and work closely with Simon and Isabel to bring their collective passion and inspiration to fruition.
Volta do Mar aims to appeal to a demographic that is as broad and diverse as Portugal’s gastronomic history. Chillies from Angola and Mozambique, for instance, will be used to make the restaurant’s proprietary piri piri, while vegetables from West Africa are already being grown for the restaurant in Dorset greenhouses, and cod and octopus roe are being cured with salt brought from the ancient Roman salt pans of Tavira.
A frequently changing menu of both sharing and large plates will include dishes such as Smoked ham hock feijoada, a traditional bean-based stew; Iberico Pork Vindalho; Macanese Arroz Marisco, a seafood rice served tableside from a Cataplana; Pão Com Chouriço, a dish of Goan smoked chorizo served in a naan. For lighter lunches or an evening snack, a selection of charcuterie and cheese will be exclusively sourced from one of Portugal’s oldest and most respected family run businesses, Manteigaria Silva, founded c.1890. Also open for breakfast throughout the week, Volta do Mar will operate as a traditional Portuguese pastelaria, with an inhouse baker making Pastel de Nata; Bola de Berlim, a type of Portuguese doughnut; and pão, freshly baked bread perfect to be enjoyed alongside a ‘uma bica’ - a classic Portuguese coffee.