Before Christmas I took a day off work to have a wander around London with a good friend.
We started the day with lunch at Pizarro Bermondsey (194 Bermondsey Street). Bermondsey Street is famed for its independent shops and restaurants, and there’s a great buzz on Saturday nights. Turns out you can still have fun on a Monday (who knew?) and after walking up and down Bermondsey Street trying to decide what we fancied to eat, we finally settled down at Pizarro.
José Pizarro was the Chef Partner at Tapas Brindisa in Borough Market, which should give you an idea of his influences. His sherry and tapas bar, José, is also on Bermondsey Street although it offers a very different experience to Pizarro. If you are happy to stand and balance plates on your glass give it a go, but if you want a longer, leisurely meal and a chance to have a good catch-up with a friend head to Pizarro down the road.
Since visiting Barcelona last year I’ve been trying to find a taste of Spain back in London and I finally found it with Pizarro. The menu is short, seasonal and changes regularly. My favourite dishes were the sardines (fresh and simple) and the Crema Catalana (decadent and sweet) although I enjoyed everything we tried.
Pizarro also offer a three course lunch menu which costs £20. It’s excellent value for the food on offer. Wine is also reasonably priced and there’s a good selection that’s available by the glass, because who can face a whole bottle of wine at lunch on a Monday?! A glass of house red (more than sufficient for my unrefined palate) was perfect – it tasted more like Ribena than vinegar, easily passing my litmus test.
After lunch we walked back along the Southbank until will came across the Christmas market, which was rather disappointing. After browsing the stalls we bought some mulled wine before saying our final goodbyes and heading home. If only every Monday could be spent this way!