LONDON - MAYFAIR - JOSÉ PIZARRO @ THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
JOSÉ PIZARRO @ The Royal Academy of Arts
This is José Pizarro's first foray into central London, in what is, amazingly, ten years since he first opened the fabulous José Tapas Bar on Bermondsey Street in South London.
He has taken over the Dorfman Senate Room which is located on the first floor of Burlington Gardens and is a beautiful, light, and airy space. This is a sit-down restaurant with plenty of bar top dining as well.
Downstairs, he has opened the Poster Bar which is more of a café/tapas bar. This is best for popping in for a coffee and pastry or a small bite and a glass of wine.
The usual favourites are there, including the much-loved Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and Presa Ibérica.
The menu has both cold and hot tapas, around 12 of each.
To start we had Pan con tomate.
Buñuelos de gambas (prawn fritters) a particular favourite for me.
Gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns).
Pulpo y romesco (octopus with dry romesco vinaigrette).
Merluza la salsa verde (hake in green sauce).
Chorizo al vino y quince (spicy sausage in red wine and quince) A favourite for all of us, so much so, we ordered another one. Make sure you have enough bread to soak up the rich, spicy sauce.
With the food we had Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2020 - D.O. Aragón.
Which was served by our very friendly and efficient waitress.
There is a short but excellent, all Spanish wine list.
For dessert we had,
Tarta de queso vasca con melocotones (Basque cheesecake with peaches).
Tarta de Santiago con higos y PX helado (Peter's Santiago tart with figs and PX ice cream).
This was all rounded off with a café solo y Carlos PX Brandy and a empty Jamón plate.
This is a perfect spot for an early or late lunch catch-up with friends, taking parents out for brunch, or an artistic date. It is not open in the evening.
JOSÉ PIZARRO Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD +44 20 7300 5912 www.senateroom.com
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