The better restaurants are able to deliver a consistently good service over many visits and restaurant Pizarro on Bermondsey street fits that bill. Not once have we tasted a dish that disappointed during any of our many visits even though the menu changes regularly. Couple that with the excellent service under the direction of Herve Durochat and you’ve got a recipe for success.
At night the restaurant tends to be more bustling and is heaving with activity while during lunch it offers a more relaxed dining experience. We prefer to visit Pizarro during weekend lunch when they serve the uber-delicious Iberico pork burger (one of the best burgers to be had at the moment in London). It is an ideal spot for people watching in Bermondsey street from the seating counter through the big glass windows in the front of the restaurant. For those who prefer a more intimate dining experience, the restaurant offers seating tables and corner tables in the back of the restaurant. Pizarro is also fully suited for those with babies and small children and it is no wonder that many of the yuppie parents from around the area tend to flock to the tasty Spanish dishes at Pizarro.
During our latest visit to Pizarro we tried:
- Cod fritters (8/10)
- Scallops, cauliflower puree, pancetta (7.5/10)
- Deep fried sweet breads, mustard mayo (8.5/10)
- Salt cod with white beans (8/10)
- Escalibada, Manchego, herbs olive oil (8/10)
- Iberico pork burger, fries and allioli (9/10)
- Santiago cake (8.5/10)
- Chocolate and banana (9/10)
As always all starters, mains and desserts were a delight. For instance, the earlier mentioned Iberico pork burger is a match for any burger in London at the moment (in terms of flavour it competes with the likes of Patty & Bun’s Ari Gold Burger, Hawksmoor’s burger or Goodman’s burger).
The culinary scene in London is a very competitive place, especially when it comes to tapas restaurants. Consistently superb cooking, great service and excellent atmosphere at Pizarro means that it has earned earned its place among the best Spanish tapas restaurants in London. In fact the area is becoming a serious destination for Spanish food lovers with Jose Pizzaro’s other (even more famous) restaurant, Jose, in the same street as well as the recent opening of the superb jamon bodega Bar Tozino at Maltby street market and Brindisa’s landmark restaurant at Borough market (which Jose Pizarro helped become a great success by running the kitchen there for many years). We now have a vision of doing a Spanish tapas round in the London Bridge area when the weather becomes a bit more pleasant and hopping along the earlier mentioned restaurants and sample their various dishes and drinks…ah how the area has improved over years!
The total bill at Pizarro came to £110 (including optional service charge, 2 glasses of coffee and a glass of dessert wine).
One final useful fact: Pizarro takes bookings for lunch and operates on a ‘walk-in’ basis during dinner.
Food rating for Pizarro: 8.5/10
Service rating for Pizarro: 8.5/10
Overall rating for Pizarro: 8.5/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and the price)