Saturday, 5 November 2011

Jose, Bermondsey - London restaurants

Normally, I don't like to eat standing up. However, I will put on my best ballerina flats and make an exception for Jose. As they say, tired of tapas bars, tired of life.

This is pretty much as close as it gets to your own little Madrid tapas bar in London.

Bite into a plate full of bright green, salty Padron peppers with a side of nutty Iberico ham from an acorn fed pig, perfectly carved, wafer thin, to melt on the tongue, and wash it down with a its perfect partner - chaser of marzanilla sherry. Simple bliss.

Jose Pizarro has already established himself on London's Spanish restaurant scene through his previous work at the Brindisa restaurants. Breaking off on his own with Jose in Bermondsey, this popular little gaffe is worthy of all the praise with which its being lavished.

Perch up against the bar or a barrel, and work your way through the list of sherries and wines, while sampling all the lovely bits and pieces from the menu -  salty razor clams with the heady goodness of paprika laden chorizo, sea bass with blood orange, fatty blood sausage with broad beans, fresh, zingy gazpacho, or a big hearty chunk of spot on tortilla. All this at reasonable prices (with the usual small plates disclaimer - you can spend as much or as little as you want).

It's busy and crowded - and if you can handle that, its heaps of fun. Big love. You can't reserve - just turn up.

Jose, 104 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3 UB

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  1. The peppers and the razor clams! Oooof! Looks GREAT and well worth standing for!

  2. Jose is amazing... I never thought I would say this but I think Brindisa has at last met its match!

    Next time try the Chicken livers and red onion and the butternut squash and blue cheese - both delicious!

  3. Love this place, it really does feel like a little corner of Spain.

  4. LOVE Jose! I'm not so keen on the old standing up malarky either, but once we'd bagged ourselves a couple of high stools and a perfect little spot by the window there was no stopping me. The prawns were pretty fine, as were the several glasses of fino...


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