Pizarro

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"VERY GOOD"

12 reviews

194 Bermondsey Street , London, SE1 3TQ

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020 7378 9455

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SquareMeal Review of Pizarro

22

"VERY GOOD"

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016This is the smarter of José Pizarro’s two Bermondsey eateries, and the only proper sit-down option – although we recommend perching at the kitchen counter and enjoying some “great theatre” if you can. This is a good-looking place, contemporary without being achingly fashionable, and it attracts a local crowd to match. The ingredients are always top quality and handled with expertise by the kitchen team: meltingly soft chicken livers on sourdough are “a must-try”; grilled baby gem lettuce is paired with blue cheese, piquillo peppers and caramelised walnuts; Cornish hake might be grilled on the plancha and served with sautéed potatoes. To finish, expect inventive desserts ranging from a strawberry soup with basil and lime granita to cream-cheese ice cream with blackcurrant and chamomile syrup. The wine list is among London’s best for good Spanish producers and emerging regions. There’s a newer branch in the City, but fans tend to favour this “truly remarkable” original.

Pizarro Location

194 Bermondsey Street , London SE1 3TQ

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020 7378 9455

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-10.45pm (Sun -9.45pm)

Pizarro's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.1

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Service: 7.6

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Atmosphere: 7.3

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Value: 7.4

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

26 May 2016

You MUST try the chicken livers - sweet, meltingly soft livers on a slice of sourdough that mops up the delicate juices. Got to be done - time and time again if I could. Staff friendly, relaxed and attentive with great theatre if sitting at the cooking-bar.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

04 December 2015

We loved the cosy interiors, lighting concept and of course the main reason for checking in: food and wine! Truly remarkable. Lovely Christmas inspired chocolate cake desert. However some deduction of stars due to the atmosphere and service being affected by friendly but awfully rushing staff who remind you at all times you only have so much of your 2 hour slot left and that they are overbooked. Makes it harder to relax and enjoy even 2 hours were plenty for us for 3 courses. Even worse they don't hesitate cleaning up the table before you might have finished. We counted four times asking to keep tapas. The olives were removed anyways and we ended up leaving the last pits on the blank table as there were no more plates. Really? Make it very clear you intend to indulge in what you pay for and you will be fine.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

15 May 2015

This was my third dining experience at Pizarro over the last 2 years and I’m wishing I had come back sooner! The chef and the kitchen staff have turned it up another notch and our dishes were near perfect. The menu is small and at first sight doesn’t conform to the usual tapas formula that we have become accustomed to at usual run of the mill spanish restaurants. Instead the flavours of Spain are caught in inventive and exciting plates that can either be shared or devoured by one. The couple I particularly wished I’d had to myself were the octopus, beautifully soft and served with an exquisite sauce and a very attractive crab and prawn cannelloni roll. Then came the showstopper, and generally agreed by my party of 4, the best piece of pork we have tasted. Said pork was a shoulder from an acorn fed iberica pig, unusually served rare. The meat was sliced and served in a typical Spanish serving dish complete with potatoes and padron peppers. To say the pork was tender does not do it justice and the taste was utterly magnificent. I will be back very soon for another serving of that delicious nutty little piggy.

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