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‘Keeping it simple’ is the key to the success of this teeny no-bookings joint from foodie conquistador José Pizarro. Readers adore everything about the place, from the irresistible taverna vibe and ‘happy smiley staff’ to the superlative wines by the glass and big-flavoured tapas plates. To complement your chosen tipple, chalked-up daily specials supplement a menu that mixes faultless standards such as ‘wonderful’ jamón ibérico, tortilla and crunchy croquetas with more adventurous choices including pisto with crispy duck egg, sea bream with morcilla and peppers or baby chicken with potatoes and romesco sauce. José is equally good for a quick nibble with a glass of sherry, a lingering lunchtime siesta or a rollicking supper with friends – no wonder excited punters are happy to pile in and endure the prospect of ‘standing room only’.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 1 July 2014

    Nomface :: Jose, London

    A recent lunchtime visit to Bermondsey Street led us to José Pizarros tapas bar aptly named José, within a couple hundred yards of his more formal restaurant named Pizarro. We wanted a chilled casual lunch affair and this was the perfect place to do so. The interior is simple and cozy with high tapas bar tables. With a nice bottle of red wine we ordered a range of dishes to graze on. The food at José hits the mark without complications, much like the venue...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 7 August 2013

    edge and spoon :: Jose

    Roll up, roll up. This is a positive review. Which has nothing to do with arriving at the restaurant three sheets to the wind after a morning spent wine tasting. I love José for all the wrong reasons. It’s one of few London places I laud for its no booking policy. I say restaurant – it’s a tiny bar with strategically placed barrels and the odd stool for the lucky few. But thank goodness it’s always full; everything seems to taste better with aching feet. The chef behind the name, José Pizarro, plied his trade in some of the UK’s top Spanish kitchens, by way of Madrid’s renowned Meson de Doña Filo. And the best thing? He’s actually in the kitchen...
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  1. I ended up at Jose, after finding Zucca was fully booked for the night. I first met Jose Pizarro very briefly at Scala’s supper club a few years ago. I’ve tried some of his food at his stall in Maltby Street and knew the food would not disappoint. Bermondsey street is quickly becoming my never fail places to go to for exceptional food. Jose has two restaurants conquering the popular street, both serving Spanish tapas.

    Jose restaurant was very busy the night I visit we waited a good 10 mins or so for seats, the place is packed out and tight to even walk around the tables. The place is cosy and buzzing with atmosphere of diners and open kitchen frantically preparing the food...
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  1. Published : Monday, 17 December 2012

    SamTheFoodFan :: José

    First stop, José. The first tapas and sherry bar from José Pizarro, formerly of Brindisa in Borough Market, once described as the best tapas bar in Britain by The Independent Newspaper.

    The restaurant is located on a corner of Bermondsey Street and as soon as you step in, you forget that you're in South London. It is tiny, but perfectly formed. Authentic Spanish tiles line the walls, wine barrels used as tables and huge legs of Jamon hanging from the ceiling. I've heard that the restaurant gets really busy and there is often a queue to get in, so we arrived early and managed to bag a very cosy spot in a corner by the window...
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  1. Published : Friday, 12 October 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Jose

    Jose is situated on Bermondsey Street (a 7 minute walk from London Bridge station) and is a sherry and tapas bar which my gentleman companion and I have always wanted to visit. We previously haven’t on account of it always being packed, or should I say bursting at the seams...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 18 July 2013

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Jose, Jun 2013

    We were planning to visit he Tapas Fantasticas festival over at Towerbridge, but the terrible British weather put a dampener on those plans. Yet, still we felt like tapas and Jose (5 mins away) was the perfect spot to attend to that fix. We’d been several times before and never has it disappointed. Luckily we were seated straight away and could dig into some lovely Spanish dishes within mins of arrival...
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Essential Details for José

  • Address: 104 Bermondsey Street ,London SE1 3UB
  • Telephone: 020 7403 4902
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -5.30pm)

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