Harden's survey result
José Pizarro’s contemporary Spanish restaurant never quite matches the drama (or ratings) of his original venture – the nearby tapas bar sibling, José, on the other side of Bermondsey Street. Service here can be “a bit hit and miss”, but in other respects it is a “highly competent” operation with a “warm” atmosphere and “authentic” cuisine from “a relatively short menu”.
“In the creative quarter that is Bermondsey St”, Sr. P’s busy sibling to his nearby José “is a far cry from the tapas bar down the road, with more substantial dishes and a very modern design”. On most accounts it delivers “extremely flavoursome Spanish dishes to a very high level”, but a hint of resistance is creeping into its prices and a perceived “sense of entitlement, as it’s so busy and popular”. Top Tip – “The Presa Iberica was superb and so tender”.
“The bigger brother of José, nearby” – this “more traditional Spanish restaurant” in Bermondsey wins praise for its “friendly welcome”, and “delicious individual or sharing plates”. Some of José P’s fans feel it’s a turn off though – “the extraordinary just became ordinary, over-extended and over-priced”.
José P is “a genuine star” and his “ebullient” Bermondsey favourite inspires rave reviews for its “helpful” service and “absolutely delicious” cooking; it’s somewhat overshadowed by its nearby tapas bar sibling however. See also José Pizarro, EC2.
Pizarro Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Brilliant Spanish cooking with a good and attractively priced wine list"
|Wine per bottle||£27.00|
A convivial Bermondsey bar/restaurant from ex-Brindisa supremo José Pizarro, offering interesting tapas-style dishes; it's quickly become very popular.
A sunny day in Bermondsey. We walk in to find a decent-size, woody but comfortable restaurant - formerly the Bermondsey Kitchen - devoid of custom but somehow still filled with cheer. And within a minute, three good things have happened: we note that le patron (ex-Bridisa head chef José Pizarro) is very much in evidence in the open kitchen; water (still or sparkling, free either way) has been charmingly offered; and a small plate of excellent pickled cauliflower have arrived. It's really not that hard to make a good initial impression!
Soon, the place begins to fill up. By the time we leave it will be positively hopping. And we can see why: almost everything we sample is very good indeed. Small plates seem the way to go, with much finesse brought to dishes as basic as croquettas. However, most of the tapas-style plates on offer - both from the printed menu and proposed as specials of the day - are much more 'evolved' than that. A salad of walnuts with cauliflower, artichoke and soft cheese was a particular hit.
Our intuition that the starters were the thing was borne out by the only main-course-size dish we tried - a rather mundane hake dish that failed quite to live up to what went before or, indeed, to what came after. But that was a hiccup. This is, in short, as convivial a place to eat as you could hope to find. Lucky Bermondsey. Again.
194 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3TQ
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|Monday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-9:30 pm|