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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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At the foot of the Shard in London Bridge, you can find London's version of Deia (gourmet heaven in the Marjorcan hills), Bermondsey Street. Not as glamorous as Deia obviously, but this once grey windy street has metamorphosed into a little foodie haven with Artisan shops. Big hitters include Zucca, Jose, Casse Croute and todays indulgence Pizzaro. This place is an offshoot of popular tapas bar Jose (ex chef from Tapas Brindisa). The advantages are it is bigger, you can book ahead (none of that lottery queuing for a table) and there is room for a pram but it is the same lip-smacking Spanish food. The feel is a relaxed wine bar vibe with a big rustic table in the middle, window seats, cosier booths and some attractive tiling, open kitchen, bare bricks and bottles of booze on show.
My only gripe would be the limited menu, although sometimes having a shorter choice enables one to be a tad more daring. There is a daily changing menu with 3 of each course for a very reasonable price (£20) and then specials on the blackboard, which can add up. We did both and shared it. Get stuck in to finely battered tempura vegetables with a honey glaze, cod pil pil (creamy flaky cod in olive oil) and pulled meaty pork with buttery mash and jus. Other Spanish staples include chorizo, mackerel, sweet sherry…The service was friendly and relaxed and did not have the hoi polloi that you get in Tapas Brindisa (although this was lunchtime). I can't believe we have this rather special foodie street in this rather urban location. Next time Jose.