South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey

José

José

José Pizarro made a name for himself with Brindisa, now he's returning to his old haunt south of the river with a new sherry and tapas joint. The menu changes daily and consists of simple sharing plates such as Razor Clams 'a la plancha' and the best Jamon Iberico. The decor mirrors the style and feel of Barcelona's Boqueria market.

Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 8 Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on July 20, 2011
"(Rare-grilled pluma) is one of those rare things, a genuine foodie thrill, tasting like an unholy but entirely successful alliance between finest beef rump and silky, nutty, acorn-fed pig." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on June 25, 2011
"When it's very fresh and perfectly cooked, high-grade seafood is distinguished by a subtle sweetness below the initial savoury impact. That was present here, and beautifully drawn out by the saucing and seasoning." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on June 23, 2011
"So what you get is one completely rammed tapas bar, with people jostling for space, and newcomers trying to catch the eye of a staff member in the hope of securing either a spot or a drink. It's simply not a relaxed way to eat." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 9 Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed by June 20, 2011
"...the croquettas were something approaching perfect - a delicate thin crust broke to reveal a soft béchamel filling shot through with dark chunks of more of that brilliant ham, they were as good as any I've had in Spain or anywhere else for that matter." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Hermano Primero Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on June 14, 2011
"José is an exemplar of the cliché of the best ingredients cooked simply. This is the stuff that all those Spanish Michelin chefs really want to eat on their day off." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on June 13, 2011
"Pizarro isn't trying to make each small plate a big hit, as many places do - this food is simple, clean, not over-emphatic." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 10 Samantha Jones View London
Reviewed on May 31, 2011
"Although in its very early days, José has the potential to join Brindisa as one of capital's favourite tapas restaurants." READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

Address: 104 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UB

Cuisine: Spanish

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 12 - 10.30pm
Sunday 12 - 5.30pm

 

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