Pizarro // Southwark // London

The ever changing Southbank is definitively worth checking-out when you can. Its recent rejuvenation has seen the opening of many restaurants, which all compete with good food and great ambiance. Located in the new trendy Bermondsey Village area, Pizarro is certainly one of them. With its old-fashioned ceramics on the wall and robust wooden table, it’s a great place to embrace the Spanish style and pass the hours away.

The menu is not very long, favouring seasonal Spanish specialities over the classics. So some help might be needed in selecting your meal, but the waiter will be more than happy to answer your questions.

For the starters, the ceps, hazelnut and jamon fricassée is very nice, but who isn’t a fan of this well-loved mushroom? For something a bit more left field, the butifarra esparracada is a must. The plate might not look appealing, but the taste of the sausage sautéed with mushrooms served with aioli will definitely convince you.

As for mains, the pork presa shouldn’t be missed. Served slightly rare, its flavours are both delicate and unmistakable, served with sides of roast potatoes and padron peppers, which create a great finish. The hake and aubergine with romesco sauce is pleasant, but is perhaps the least remarkable thing we tried.

For dessert, the chocolate truffle and raspberry sorbet is by far too good to be shared! The slight sharpness of the fruit perfectly balances with the bitterness of the chocolate, and there is just enough sugar to make it very enjoyable.

Over all, Pizarro turns-out some gutsy dishes in a bistro style. Even though they are not tapas sized portions, sharing the food is a great idea, which makes this restaurant a perfect place to meet-up with friends. We’ll be back.

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