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Tapas Bar in London

I try to avoid Spanish places in London, as I usually go a couple times a year to Spain, and I honestly believe the food over there is much better than the remakes I have found here so far. But chef Jose Pizarro came to prove me wrong. I’ve been wanting to go to Jose for long time now, a Sherry and Tapas bar, nice ambience, good light from the huge windows, Gipsy Kings on the background playing Hotel California, and the smell of Iberico all over, for me it was love at first sight. 

The place
I started with a caña, Alhambra Especial, really nice flavour of the beer. Then my first round of tapas I went for classics, Padron peppers, a tortilla, and one of the daily special the squid. The peppers were great, classic execution, nice flavour of the sea salt and the bitter taste of the few burnt areas. Tortilla great as well, again classic nice flavour and nice seasoning. The squid was superb, the slightly fried squid with onions and capers, and on top aioli just magnificent. 

Beer time
Padron peppers
Squid, capers, aioli
Then I saw Jose drop by to see how the business was running, after minutes of distraction I continue with my last two tapas, I wanted every dish on the menu but needed to focus, so I went again for another daily special, morcilla with apple and mint, and completed my journey with Iberico Manuel Maldonado meatballs. The morcillas (black pudding) were great, nice contrast between the salty morcilla and the sweet apple and red pepper, all that drizzle with a mint oil. Finally the meatballs were exquisite, perfectly cooked, and the tomato based sauce was to die for, the right level of acidity, they add a toasted bread which I used to dip, double dip, and triple dip the succulent sauce, I don't care Timmy I'll dip the way I want to dip. 

Brilliant lunch, highly recommended, the stars of the day definitely the meatballs and the squid. 

Double dipping reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Implant” 

Timmy: What are you doing? 
George: What? 
Timmy: Did you just double dip that chip? 
George: Excuse me? 
Timmy: You double dipped the chip! 
George: Double dipped? What are you talking about? 
Timmy: You dipped the chip. You took a bite, and you dipped again 
George: So? 
Timmy: That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip, just take one dip and end it! 
George: Well, I'm sorry, Timmy, but I don't dip that way 
Timmy: Oh, you don't, huh? 
George: No. You dip the way you want to dip... I'll dip the way I want to dip 
Timmy: Give me the chip! Give me the chip!

T: 020 7403 4902
Sherry & Tapas Bar
Aprox Damage: £20pp
Area: Bermondsey
Borough: Southwark
Twitter: Jose_Pizarro
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