José Pizarro takes the best bits of his Bermondsey Street ventures José and Pizarro to the City.
Walking into Broadgate Circle on a warm summer evening is like entering a gladiatorial arena. The roar from the City folk is a shock; pushing your way through is a feat. Thankfully, things get a lot more civilised inside José Pizarro’s new restaurant.
The Extremaduran chef is a master of hospitality: his Bermondsey Street tapas bar, José, is the kind of gem you’d wish to stumble upon while in Spain; while his larger, smarter Pizarro restaurant just a few doors down manages to be a destination venue that has a neighbourhood feel.
This third venture is not as big as you might expect for a City flagship. Clever design hides the awkward layout: a high communal table separates the long bar from the blue-grey dining room.
JP is slick, but that’s not to say it lacks heart. Our waitress sat at the table to take our order, and Pizarro himself grabbed a bite with friends.
The food is quick to arrive and thoroughly delicious: gooey croquetas; tender, paprika-sprinkled octopus; crisp-edged fried egg with grilled asparagus and romesco sauce; sardines cooked in oil and served in a tin; and juicy prawn buñuelos (stuffed and fried dough balls).
José Pizarro offers sherry and cava to whet the appetite as well as a selection of Spanish-style G&Ts – perfect for quaffing on the terrace. The well-explained wine list offers lots by the glass and carafe.
The City JP does nothing startlingly different from its two branches. But in its own arena, it entertains the crowds better than Russell Crowe.
|Venue name:||José Pizarro|
36 Broadgate Circle
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; 11am-11pm Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street|
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Not working in the City, I'm always slightly shocked by the amount of drinking, and same is going on in the Broadgate Circle, but once past them and into Pizarro, you can breath again! The menu is different but same as Bermondsey, different food, but same quality, new favourite is Grill Octopus, we finished or were finished by having Spanish G & T although I still maintain I couldn't taste the tonic! Recommended!
Working in the City, I have watched Broadgate getting some new restaurants, one was Pizarro, which I had to go to Bermondsey prevoiusly, so now I have it for lunch or afterwork dining! We stop by last Friday, and Jose couldn't of been nicer, the menu is slightly different to Bermondsey, with new favourites being Pork meatballs & grill Octopus, word of warning if you have the G & T they are large!!
You're spoiled for choice in the new Broadgate Circle development, but Jose Pizarro's third restaurant (stretching the potential for naming restaurants after yourself to the limit) can be considered a safe bet.
Of the six or seven plates we worked through the boquerones were a notable highlight. The vinegariness was expertly balanced with sweet basil oil and I could have easily worked through several plates in a row. Croquetas, King Prawns and Pluma Iberica were similarly accomplished and almost as memorable. The wine was also top notch.
City types with a corporate card to flash could have a field day, but even on a regular budget the bill is fairly reasonable. A great addition to the area.
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