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José Pizarro’s more spacious Bermondsey Street joint can’t rival José, his nearby tapas bar, for vivacity. Instead it offers warm Spanish hospitality, more elaborate dishes, and – perhaps most significantly – the likelihood of getting a seat without queuing. The menu allows for either course-by-course or tapas dining, spanning cheeses, hams and chorizo before moving on to gutsier mains. Succulent slow-cooked pork rib benefits from its tangy mustard glaze; spiced Catalan sausages come with strongly flavoured alioli; and tender ibérico pork presa (loin), served medium-rare, is an almost steak-like standout. Fideua (pasta with squid and monkfish) entices fish-eaters, while a deliciously rich crema Catalana provides a happy ending. The substantial drinks list champions Spanish wines and sherries, with the knowledgeable staff keen to recommend lesser-known styles. On Sundays, roasts join the line-up, but you’ll need to book as locals pack the venue. “A perfect place to hang out and eat well” is the verdict.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 3 April 2014

    vialaporte :: Pizarro // Southwark // London

    The new Southbank is definitively worth a visit. Its recent rejuvenation treatment has seen the opening of many restaurants which all compete with good food and great ambiance. Located in the new trendy Bermondsey Street, Pizzaro is certainly one of them. With its old-fashioned ceramics on the wall and robust wood table, it is a place to embrace the Spanish style and stay hours.

    The menu is not very long favouring seasonal Spanish specialities over the classics. So some help might be needed but the waiter will answer all your questions. As a starters, the ceps, hazelnut & jamon fricassee is nice...
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  1. The better restaurants are able to deliver a consistently good service over many visits and restaurant Pizarro on Bermondsey street fits that bill. Not once have we tasted a dish that disappointed during any of our many visits even though the menu changes regularly. Couple that with the excellent service under the direction of Herve Durochat and you’ve got a recipe for success...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 21 October 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Pizarro

    José Pizarro has well and truly plonked Bermondsey Street onto the culinary map with his two restaurants José and Pizarro. José is a tiny sherry and tapas bar at one end of the street and Pizarro is a full sized sit-down restaurant at the other.

    I’ve been to Pizarro quite a few times – usually very late and I’ve always been horrendously drunk. The atmosphere has always been buzzy and the food has always been delicious. Seeing that they started doing a set lunch menu – or the ‘menú del dia’ to give it the proper title, I decided to have a lunch-for-one and give it a go...
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  1. For long Pizarro has been a local favorite for us. We love to visit them for lunch and have been doing so every other month or so for years. Not once have we been disappointed with the food, service or ambiance...
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  1. When I first dined at Pizarro shortly after it opened in the autumn/winter of 2011, I noted a few niggling blemishes and hoped they’d be ironed out. After a longer delay than initially planned, I made a return visit on a weekend evening with Templeton Peck, Socialist Worker and the Squinting Brummie to see if it really is worth queuing for the eternally popular Pizarro...
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  1. Published : Monday, 22 July 2013

    inher30s :: A Spanish Fiesta at Pizarro

    Spanish King Jose Pizarro, he of Tapas Brindisa fame, now resides on Bermondsey St – Jose is a teeny weeny Tapas & Sherry bar which is also on my hit list, but today with the family in town, we’re here for a meal at Pizarro, the more formal sit down restaurant...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Travel with Wingz~* :: Pizarro completes Jose

    A few months back I had a beautiful afternoon at Jose, no-nonsense tapas with top quality ingredients, washed down with easy going wines. So when I was put on the spot to pick a place for dinner on my turf, Pizarro was an easy choice. Better still I bumped into a Spanish ex-colleague on my way – good vibes...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 21 December 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Pizarro, Bermondsey Street

    Jose Pizarro owns two restaurants on Bermondsey Street near London Bridge; Jose and Pizarro. The former is a small and delightful tapas and sherry bar, the latter which is where we ended up for a weeknight dinner, is more of a sit down affair which serves larger dishes...
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Now one of London’s best-known Spanish chefs, José Pizarro toiled behind the scenes at Eyre Brothers, Gaudi and Brindisa (where he launched their tapas bars) before going it alone. José, his tapas and sherry bar, opened on fashionable Bermondsey Street in 2011, while his second solo project (Pizarro) launched just metres down the road that same year. His third restaurant, the self-named José Pizarro, will open in the City’s Broadgate Circle complex in 2015.

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