Pizarro, Bermondsey

Ah London! Back to the Big Smoke after nearly a year away and so much has changed. Everywhere I walk I look at life around me and have to re-orientate myself with all the changes. The most striking one being the Shard – Europe’s tallest building, at London Bridge. To me it looks like the towers of Isengard where the Eye of Sauron sat in the middle, looking over Middle Earth. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable piece of architecture and if they do decide to have a restaurant right up the top, well, it’ll be quite a sight! Not to far a walk from the Shard is quiet Bermondsey Street, lined with cafes, pubs and restaurants. Anyone having been to Borough Market would have seen or dined at Brindisa, the Spanish restaurant and, for chefs, food supplier. Jose Pizarro, of Brindisa, then decided to venture out and open two more restaurants, aptly named, Jose and Pizarro! Both of them situated a few doors down from each other as well. Being a Sunday evening, only Pizarro was open for us to dine at, so we had to forego the thought of tapas at Jose for an a la carte menu at Pizarro. 

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Sardines
Cod cheeks
Salt cod
Chocolate cake
Lemon cake

Grilled sardines with tomato and olive salsa: Simple, plain, fresh – sometimes that’s all it takes!

Cod cheeks, red cabbage: Could have been so much better, and having braised red cabbage in summer seems a bit odd.

Roast salt cod, red peppers, fried potato: Perfect! Light, delicate and comforting.

It must be said that MS’s Roast new season lamb leg was spectacular. A whole baby lamb leg roasted to perfection – crisp skin, tender to the point of being confit, intense lamb flavour (it was Spanish lamb) – best dish of the meal!

Chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream: Poor show. This could have been amazing had it been warm.

Lemon cake, lemon ice cream: Lovely ice cream, cold, dense stodgy cake. Disappointing.

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A meal of mixed feelings – though it was good to see Jose Pizarro in the kitchen on a Sunday evening.

Food: 6

Recommend you go: 6

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