It was Feeding Franklin x 3 (plus my fiance) last week as my mum, sister and I descended on Jose Pizarro’s Bermondsey Street restaurant to celebrate my sister’s birthday. She works in Bermondsey so was the obvious choice, along with Zucca which is still on the list! We’ve munched up his lovely tapas at ‘Jose’, the more casual outpost up the road, so had high hopes for the restaurant.
I’ve been a fan of Jose Pizarro for a while and met him at a charity event a couple of years ago (write-up on Foodepedia). I promptly began babbling away and he had to excuse himself to carry on with the conversation that I’d interrupted *cringe*.
The restaurant is lovely inside with a small open kitchen where you can watch the very hipster-y chefs doing their thing. The menu is short and sweet – possibly due to the size of the kitchen, but I like a small menu, you know it will all be good.
Between us we had the crab pancake, tomato bread and peas and broad beans, with pancetta and squid to start, which were all lovely. The broad bean dish was topped with mint foam which remained foamy the whole way through. The pancetta was in little matchsticks and the squid was perfectly cooked.
Mains were equally good, with a big chunky hake fillet matching the roasted Mediterranean veg perfectly. The steak with potato puree was also excellent – I’m wary of steak on general menus nowadays due to being spoilt by the likes of Foxlow etc, but this was perfectly cooked and juicy, with big flavour and a lovely jus (or whatever the Spanish equivalent is). One of the veggie dishes was spiced balls of spinach with rice and pine nuts for texture. All good.
It wasn’t overly cheap at £170ish for 4, but we had 2 courses and everything was great so definitely justifiable. Happy birthday to Soph!