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Having conquered Bermondsey, turbo-charged Spanish chef José Pizarro is now taking on the competition in newly rejuvenated Broadgate Circle. Slate-grey tones and a bustling open kitchen add to the convivial vibe at his latest venture, while the menu promises all the expected tapas standards rendered to an uncommonly high standard – from crisp yet gooey mushroom croquetas to fleshy prawn buñuelos (fritters) with saffron aïoli. Also be sure not to miss the smoky jamón ibérico (carved straight from an impressive ham suspended over the counter), the plump mussels served in dinky metal tins or the rich albondigas in tomato and orange sauce. After that, you may need to share a main course – perhaps exquisitely fresh, unadorned turbot a la plancha. With all-day opening, ace breakfasts and takeaway lunches, plus an all-weather terrace and a "vast and impressive" drinks list, we're pleased Pizarro has brought his talents to the Square Mile.
Described by some as a glorified food court, Broadgate Circle, which is right by Liverpool Street Station, has had rather a lot of money thrown at it. The result is actually rather charming and there’s shed a load of restaurants there; Franco Manca, Shoryu, Yauatcha and this, José Pizarro’s third restaurant.He’s managed to avoid a corporate or chainy feel; even though the place was inevitably filled with chaps in suits. I sat at the counter overlooking the bar and kitchen which was the best place to sit.I started with the croquetas ‘caseras’ (£6.50) which were filled with crab. Rich, creamy and...
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Jose Pizarro Broadgate is Jose Pizarro’s third restaurant and follows in the footsteps of Jose and Pizarro. Both on Bermondsey Street, these two restaurants will go down as two of the best Spanish tapas places that I have ever eaten at in London. Jose Pizarro trained at the award–winning Meson de Doña Filo in Madrid before coming to London. He co-founded the Brindisa chain of restaurants before branching out on his own and opening his flagship restaurant Jose in 2011. Eating at Jose was an enlightening experience for me and it showed that traditional tapas recipes could be elevated to something exquisite with...
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Jose Pizarro Broadgate is Jose Pizarro’s third restaurant and follows in the footsteps of Jose and Pizarro. Both on Bermondsey Street, these two restaurants will go down as two of the best Spanish tapas places that I have ever eaten at in London. Jose Pizarro trained at the award–winning Meson de Doña Filo in Madrid before coming to London. He co-founded the Brindisa chain of restaurants before branching out on his own and opening his flagship restaurant Jose in 2011.
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