‘Simple Spanish culture' is José's big selling point, according to one convert, and it's easy to imagine you're in Seville as you perch at one of the high, ‘wine barrel' tables dotted around this ‘jewel-box perfect' tapas joint. Moorish tiles, a zinc bar, exposed brick and distressed beams set the tone, while chef/patron José Pizarro's team deliver a blackboard menu of tapas must-haves (top-notch charcuterie, superb croquetas and garlicky tomato bread) plus a short list of daily specials. Expertly battered hake is served with a punchy, paprika-flecked alioli, while medium-rare strips of pluma íberica (a fatty cut of pork from the shoulder end of the loin) are some of the tastiest porcine morsels you'll ever encounter. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through an all-Spanish wine list that boasts some unusual bins alongside an impressive selection of sherries.
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