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