Monday, 13 June 2011

Ole, Jose!

By Flick Hardingham.

Jose Pizarro is the Spanish legend behind lengthy queues at Brindisa tapas bars in London Bridge and Soho.  After five years dishing out highly addictive small plates, Jose has launched a new venture cunningly called Jose.

Jose is much more than a tapas and sherry bar. It is an intimate, easy-going Spanish oasis just a stone’s throw from Shad Thames and tucked half way down Bermondsey Street in a converted florist. 
 
Herve Durochat’s management skills, honed at Hakkasan and Soho House, will combine with Jose’s drive to bring traditional Spanish fare to the big smoke; a sure fire hit.

Jose is a market restaurant so the daily menu will switch with the head chef’s mood (Javier Capella of El Faro) and market offerings.  Expect epicurean nirvana such as Razor Clams a la Plancha, Spring lamb chuletillas with alioli and Jamón Ibérico de bellota. Pisto and crispy duck egg, lightly battered hake will allioli, chorizo and patatas bravas will be available on tap.

Pizarro commented, “With this little place I want to explore new ingredients, use more fresh produce as well as bring diners some old favourites.  I’m so excited”.
 
So am I. 
 
We also hear he is due to open a larger restaurant in SE1 offering more seats and a bigger menu.  Bring it on Jose!
 
I have only two words of warning.  Beware of the no-reservation policy (which strangely makes me like it more) and 30 covers. 

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