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Jose Pizarro’s new Tapas and Sherry Bar, Bermondsey

Jose is the new Sherry and Tapas bar in Bermondsey which is a fabulous new addition to the London Spanish Food scene. Jose had designed a tapas menu that is seasonal and highlights some of the better and tastier tapas using some stunning ingredients. This is accompanied by a balanced Sherry and wine list.

Jose 104 Bermondsey St

 

The casual vibe of the tapas bar is the perfect place to pop into for a glass of sherry and share a few plates of really well delicious tapas. Be warned, there aren’t many seats but lots of space to prop yourself up with a drink and a few plates.

Crispy quails egg with pisto

Crispy quails egg with pisto - This was 10 seconds after the waitress brought this plate by. Only just managed to take this picture before the plate was emptied

We were invited to opening party where we got to sample the menu. Jose is really passionate about food and this is reflected really clearly in the food that he serves. The menu includes both the traditional favourites and some contempary items. Of the dishes that we managed to sample that night, they were all executed really well and nothing like the tapas sampled at Tapas Fantasticas last summer, much more refined.

The Jamon croqueta was one of the favourites, not overly stodgy, freshly made and not at all greasy. The other outstanding dish was the fried hake with a garlicky aioli.

Jose is opening a Spanish restaurant later in the year in the same area. Can’t wait for that. Meanwhile, for some fab tapas and wine in a lovely venue head over to Jose’s.

Jose Pizarro Jose 104 Bermondsey St

 

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Taking the Sherry Ferry to Camino Westferry

One of the most underused transport mode in London is the waterbus better known as the Thames Clipper. There aren’t enough stops and the tickets are more expensive than the tube. Recently, they have extended the Oyster card usage to include the water bus routes and I am sure this will increase the traffic.

We were invited for a trip on the “Sherry Ferry” for a meal at the newly opened El Camino at Westferry in Canary Wharf. A group of us met at London Bridge and boarded the water bus. The Sherry Ferry was  the beggining of our Spanish themed evening, the crew were serving up some Tio Pepe sherry and trays of Spanish chorizo and cheeses. Views of London from the water is quite spectacular, especially as it gets dark and the buildings all get lighted up. It makes London seem like a different city altogether. Quite magical.

On arrival, we were greeted with a glass of Cava before the short wllk to the restaurant which has a big bar area which was buzzing with the afterwork crowd from Canaray wharf. We were in for a real treat when we arrived, we met Chef Nachos (below) and toured their kitchens and then of course we sampled almost the entire menu.

Chef Nachos Camino Westferry

Chef Nachos Camino Westferry

For starters, we had a selection of tapas:Anchoas con Pimientos
Anchovies and piquillo peppers with sherry reduction

Higos con jamón
Grilled stuffed fig with Mahón cheese, wrapper in ham with rocket and sherry reduction

Chipirones a la andaluza
Crisp-fried baby squid with alioli and lemon

Crisp-fried baby squid with alioli and lemon

Crisp-fried baby squid with alioli and lemon

Mini escalivada
Charcoal-grilled onion, aubergine and red pepper with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil

All this was served with Godello, bodegas Valdesil 2007.

 

Anchovies and piquillo peppers with sherry reduction Camino Westferry

These were followed by the warm tapas :

Pulpo a la parrilla
Octopus tentacle with olive oil mash and paprika – This was a spectacular looking dish with tender octopus. If this is not something you would normally order, you need to try this.

Octopus tentacle with olive oil mash and paprika

Octopus tentacle with olive oil mash and paprika

Arroz negro
Black rice, made with cuttlefish, squid ink and Calasparra rice, with baby squid and alioli -

This was one of the favourite dishes, creamy rice topped with baby squids.

Croquetas de jamón
Serrano ham croquettes

Serrano ham croquettes

Serrano ham croquettes

Pinchitos de pollo
Herb marinated free-range chicken skewers

Served with Pinot Noir, Vinas del Vero 2008.

Chuletón a la parrilla
Scottish ‘Mathers Black Gold’ rib-eye steak, matured 28 days, served basque style

Ibérico black pig shoulder blade cooked medium-rare

Ibérico black pig shoulder blade cooked medium-rare

 

Presa ibérica
Ibérico black pig shoulder blade cooked medium-rare – This is a rarity in the UK where people tend to cook their pork well done. Here they use a specially reared iberico black pig and cook it medium rare with a Pedro Jiminez (PX) reduction, sensational.

Ibérico black pig shoulder blade cooked medium-rare

Ibérico black pig shoulder blade cooked medium-rare

Papas arrugadas
Sautéed potatoes with mojo picon

Camino Westferry

Pimientos de Padrón
Sautéed little green peppers with sea salt

Served with Torre Silo, Cillar de Silos 2006/2007.

For pudding, we had a sample of these :

Tarta de Santiago
Almond tart from Galicia with warm vanilla cream

Bombitas de crema
Cream-filled profiteroles with molten chocolate on top

Helado con Pedro Ximénez
Bourbon vanilla ice-cream served with PX

Crema catalana
Catalan burnt custard cream

Camino Westferry

The wine list was

The restaurant is a one minute walk from the Westferry Water bus stop and has an alfresco area in the front facing the water. For a brilliant night out, try out this trip and discover a new part of London. It’s totally fun and what a better way to end with some great Spanish food.

(Camino at Canary Wharf is the new branch of the original Camino in a hidden couryard in Kings Cross. Across the square is the Bar Pepito sherry bar which recently won Time Out London’s Best New Bar Award for 2010. Be sure to book as these 2 places gets really busy and they don’t allow you to order food from Camino to Bar Pepito even if they are under the same ownership. )

 

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Slowfoodkitchen was a guest of Camino.