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|Address:||194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ|
|Tel:||020 3551 2868|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £19.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm Sun 10am-10pm|
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In contrast to the stagnant D&D dominated restaurant scene in Shad Thames, its great to see the buzz of new Bars and restaurants around the London Bridge / Bermondsey St area. Pizarro has replaced the uninspiring Bermondsey Kitchen, which we only visited once and didn't return to.
Having enjoyed Jose tapas a few times (when relatively quiet off peak), we thought we'd pop into Pizarro for a long Saturday lunch. Since we strolled up at midday, there was no wait for a table. They have a no bookings policy, which I don't like. If, like The Hope & Anchor at The Cut, Pizarro becomes too popular, we simply won't try to eat there at any popular eating hour.
It became surprisingly busy soon after we sat down, and quickly had a good buzzy atmosphere. Together with wood furniture, warm decor and friendly staff, Pizarro has a nice cozy feel, as another reviewer has commented. Staff could be a bit better organised, but some were charming.
There was a small but sufficient choice of circa 6 starters and 6 mains. We had a wonderfully tasty and light lambs tongue, and a delicious artichoke salad starter. We then went for a 3rd starter, a very tasty quail. Our appetisers were followed by 2 very good mains, a tasty and nicely cooked patridge and a Hake. We really enjoyed the simplicity and lightness of the cooking. Everything was flavoursome and tasty, but not at all oily, fatty or heavy.
Like Jose, an all Spanish wine & sherry list, with a very good selection by the glass or carafe (1/3 bottle). We had a good rioja with our mains, followed by a lovely rich sherry with dessert.
At roughly £55 for 2 for 2 courses, extremely good value – so I guess everyone will just have to queue to enjoy it ! A great addition to SE1. We wish them well.