Reviews of Pizarro
Bermondsey Street, London SE1
A meal to remember!
Pizarro is one of the only restaurants on Bermondsey Street that is open on Monday evenings, so we went there. We were certainly not disappointed. Even though it was busy, we were seated immediately. We didn't feel the need to have starters, so just ordered mains: "lamb with potato and black olives" and "pig's cheek with roasted sweet potato".
We got some complimentary cauliflower nibbles and some bread. Also after about 10 minutes we received a complimentary croquetas portion, which made us very happy. Both main dishes were absolutely delicious! My pig's cheek was incredibly tender and the sweet potatoes were super sweet and nice. The lamb was perfectly cooked!
We will definitely go back there many times! I highly recommend this restaurant!
Pizarro - excellent in all respects
Finally got to Pizarro for some great food and attentive service . Quality ingredients and a very original menu made for a very enjoyable meal . We started with plate of superb iberico jamon and Jose Pizarro's signature croquetas ( excellent cava to accompany) . For mains we chose well...pork fillet with piquello peppers and mash and lamb with white beans and jamon. Both delicious. Orange cheesecake and chocolate cake with lemon ice cream rounded things off. We couldn't resist a glass do oloroso with desert. Worth every penny.
An overall pleasant experience
We had a friend over from the States, who is a foodie so have decided to take her to Pizarro. We were a table of 5, starters arrived promptly, but only 4 mains arrived on time. Numerous staff failed to notice an empty space in front of my partner (I guess they thought he is on a diet), when I have spoken to the mail manager, he immediately went to the kitchen and brought the missing dish BUT with no apologie. Nobody did bother to come back and check on us, so we decided not to have a dessert.
A lovely place with sort of nice buzz but not upto the standard we are used to so will not hurry back. We wrote to the restaurant manager, letting them know about our experience but received no reply.
Superb night there on Friday. Efficient and helpful staff, delicious food and a stonking drinks bill which illustrates how long we spent there and how much we appreciated the place.
Any new restaurant is a welcome addition to the street as capacity at busy times makes dining at the last-minute impossible. Pizzaro was very welcoming, the no bookings policy meaning a short wait in the bar. We were sat a large communal table and given the menus. This is where I was slightly confused - is it a sharing tapas-style restaurant or a place for a proper 2/3 course meal? We chose the former, sharing a number of starters. However, others were sat around our table and more formally having starters, then mains, then deserts. I wasn't sure if the place was trying to be to many things to too many people, or maybe just that I didn't understand the format.
Service was friendly and slick (as it is in Jose) and the food was great. However, again the concept fell down slightly in that some of our 'sharing plates' were not built for sharing. Certain types of food are made for sharing (croquettes for example), others are not - like a piece of roasted butternut squash with goats cheese. This was beautifully prepared but more suited for one person to eat.
The design of the restaurant is odd - it's a mix of old and modern styles that doesn't really work. It wasn't well executed in places: the communal table was very wobbly, which makes sharing with 10 people slightly complicated.
It was very busy with a good atmosphere and we didn't feel rushed. It had the usual eclectic mix of Bermondsey folk plus some obvious 'out of town' additions (posher), probably attracted to the area by the White Cube gallery.
We had a great evening and I probably need to go back and try it again and see if I can work out what the concept is.
Either way, Good luck Jose and I look forward to more of your delicious food.
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