Originally planning to become a dental technician in Spain, José Pizarro realized food was his greatest love of all. José became and has remained as Pizarro’s claim to fame, although he had worked in some of London’s prestigious Spanish restaurants, where he set up and ran the tapas bars. Located right on Bermondsey Street, it’s a great spot for locals and tourists alike to experience a bit of Spanish culture right in the heart of London.
The tapas served on José’s menu reflect traditional Spanish dishes. The tasty options are listed on a blackboard that changes regularly based on the chef’s preference and seasonal ingredients. Those include salted Marcona almonds, crispy duck egg, radicchios with blue cheese, pears and walnuts, and pieces of baby chicken with potatoes in Romesco sauce. Additionally, if the tapas menu hits your fancy, you can purchase a signed copy of Pizarro’s book, Seasonal Spanish Food.
While the food is constantly praised, you’re going to want to get there early as they don’t take reservations and the place is always crowded. But can you blame guests who want to try the restaurant? The fact that Pizarro has brought tapas to relevance to England something about not only how delicious the food is, but also how refreshing it is to have this new cuisine present in the London restaurant scene.