194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Latest critic review: August 28, 2012
What Jose and maitre d' Herve unfailingly give their customers is a vibrant, warm experience. Firt in Jose up the road, now in Pizarro.
Starts with the interior. Sumptuous in its combo of ancient Spain and modernist Europe, dark buckled cupboards, curved Scandi chairs, a long communal table, secluded booths. Lighting perfectly pitched. You feel at home. Or in the home you'd like to have.
Continues with the welcome. Lovely knowledgeable staff, genuinely pleased to see you.
Delivers a menu short enough to trust. Proven starters. The famed croquetas etc, new stuff every day. Then silence-inducing succulent Iberico lomo. But the salt cod - oh my sweet goodness, the astonishing silvery glistening flakes of it under a crispy skin...
This is a wondrous, warm local restaurant with exceptional produce and production. Of course, as a local I shouldn't be telling you this. No booking means you'll probably steal my place.