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Urgent ! - Omniverous Chow near London Bridge ? Jose ? Pizarro ? Elsewhere ?

willowan Oct 24, 2012 02:22 PM

Evening all

Meeting friend for dinner tomorrow night whilst staying at London Bridge hotel. She is veggie I am not - looking for good chow of a tapas-y ( or otherwise eclectic ) nature. Someone has recommended the two places mentioned above. Any good - or is there better nearby ?

Needs to be walking distance from London Bridge Tube. Nowhere too flash or silly money. Just a nice chilled out place for a few glasses of wine and some quality chow !

Also wondering if Vinoteca is still any good or if there is somewhere else near Barbican which is better for a decent quick lunch on Saturday ? Lat timei was ther the 'bankers' had descended but hoping it may be quieter at the weekend.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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    pj26 RE: willowan Oct 25, 2012 02:35 AM

    Both Jose and Pizarro are good - Jose is a tapas bar, you can't book and will eat at the bar, whereas Pizarro is more of a 'restaurant' where you sit at a table, order starter main etc.
    Does your vege friend eat seafood? If not, Jose and Pizarro may be a bit limiting for her.
    Also very good in that area is Zucca for Italian and Magdalen, although may not be the most appropriate for a vege.

    Great place for lunch near the Barbican is the Jugged Hare, and you are very close to Modern Pantry which is excellent. The area is a lot quieter at the weekend.

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      willowan RE: pj26 Oct 25, 2012 04:42 AM

      Brilliant, thanks. My friend does eat fish so may got for J or P.

      Is Zucca super pricey ( some Zagat reviews say ) or good value ( Jay Rayner said when they first opened ) ?

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        pj26 RE: willowan Oct 25, 2012 05:28 AM

        I don't think it's pricey at all - would say good value (but of course value is only a perception that varies from one person to the other!).

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      ooglewoogle RE: willowan Oct 25, 2012 07:28 AM

      We love Jose....but is both popular and pretty tiny - so usually a bit of a squeeze. I haven't yet had the chance to try Pizzaro, but that would be my choice for your dinner needs.

      Look forward to your report whatever you decide!

      1. Paprikaboy RE: willowan Oct 25, 2012 08:37 AM

        Has anyone been to the Peruvuan place Titos right near London Bridge Station?
        That mught suit but haven't been myself so can't recommend first hand.

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          ManInTransit RE: Paprikaboy Oct 25, 2012 10:37 AM

          I went once - ceviche was excellent (and very good value).

          Other food was very meh.

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            limster RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2012 01:41 PM

            Aji de gallina is very good, as are the pato en aji (duck with dark savoury and lightly smoky/spicy sauce) and the Seco de Codero (lamb in a coriander sauce - nice herby flavour). Lomo saltado is reliable comfort food. Be sure to ask for the hot sauce - a wonderful combination of tang, smoke and heat.

            Weekend specials are worth checking out. Recent enjoyable dishes: arroz con pollo has an aromatic herb-flavoured rice with chicken; ocopa, potatoes with a tangy creamy sauce flavoured with huacatay/Peruvian black mint.

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              willowan RE: limster Oct 29, 2012 12:49 PM

              Hey all

              Well, we tried to go to Jose but it was super rammed.So, we opted for Pizzaro, which was excellent. Lovely room , quality ingredients ( razor clams and especially the octopus ), friendly staff. What more could you ask for ? Puddings. Lovely lovely puddings - especially the one involving yogurt.- implausible though that may seem.

              Also managed to pop into the Jugged Hare ( so thanks to pj26 ) for a quick lunch on Saturday. Lovely pub/resto ( we ate in the bar ). Decent own brand pale ale, lovely medium rare burger. Only down side was that they were a bit tight with the chips ( which came in one of those miniature pans like sauces do in some pretentious steak places ) which was a bit irritating. Would definitely venture back when had more time for drinking, though !

              Thanks all for your tips. Make sure to post if you are ever up Liverpool way !

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