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La Sobremesa

May 3, 2017

Jose at Jose with sherry

Spain is known for having certain traditions in the afternoon that can sometimes seem strange for people from other countries, such as the “siesta” or closing businesses between 1 & 5 pm to take a mid-day break, but that the Spanish absolutely love and practice every day.

Another one of these customs and that is not as widely known for non-Spaniards is the “sobremesa”, an essential part of every Spanish home life, where the family gathers around the table, generally right after lunch, & have a conversation. This is something that the whole family enjoys, and in the weekend the “sobremesa” can sometimes include more than 10 people, depending on the size of the family. This is the time where they can get together and talk about anything & everything!

La “sobremesa” does not follow an agenda; anything can come up. Although, it usually involves topics involving the career aims of the younger family members, family news such as marriages happening that year, who’s getting divorced and if someone is pregnant or not. Because Spanish families are typically so extended there is never a shortage of subjects and there are always lots of gossip opportunities available.

Nowadays, the “sobremesa” does not always occur within family; it is not unusual to see friends at a coffee place’s terrace having a “cortado” (short coffee) after lunch and talk about topics similar to the ones mentioned above. What they talk about is often referred to as “arreglar el mundo” (fix the world) or “descubrir America” (discover America) as an inside joke, since what is talked about is never too important.

But the most important thing about the “sobremesa” and the main reason why Spanish do it is to “disfrutar de la vida”, a very common phrase which means that they just take a break to enjoy life, something that indeed reflects the Spanish attitude to life. Our restaurants are a constant hub of ‘sobresamas’ – come by for a sherry!

INGREDIENTS – #joséstories

May 1, 2017

 

When José was asked to choose what his favourite British-grown ingredient is, it was not difficult for him to point one out straight away – asparagus.

Whilst Spain has good-quality asparagus, José truly believes that there is something special about British asparagus; the perfect crunchiness, the flavour, & the smell when you have just pan-fried them with some Spanish olive oil…

With asparagus season starting now, José has been busy in the kitchen designing new dishes for his restaurant menus, our twitter @JosePizarroRest will be first to announce…

Recipe Corner: Roasted Chicken Wings with Roast Potatoes, Parsley & Garlic

April 27, 2017

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“Every time I go to the restaurant Bodegón Donostiarra, I have the chicken wings. But I have to say that the last time I went, they were better than ever. Maybe it was because I was sitting outside on the terrace on a gorgeous July day with a really cold beer…” This recipe is from his Basque book which is available to buy here (link). If they are good enough for José….

Ingredients
Serves 6

24 chicken wings
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons pimentón
good pinch of chilli flakes
10 sprigs of oregano, leaves stripped
olive oil
750 g (1 lb 10 oz) floury potatoes, cut into smallish chunks
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

Put the chicken wings in a dish. Mix half of the chopped garlic cloves with the pimentón, chilli flakes, half the oregano & a good glug of olive oil. Spread all over the wings and leave to marinate for at least 12 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Put the potatoes into a pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil & simmer for a couple of minutes. Drain, return to the pan over a low heat & toss to fluff up the edges.

Heat a food glug of oil in a roasting tin in the oven, then toss in the potatoes. Put the chicken wings on top and roast for 45-50 minutes until it is all crispy and golden. Season with lots of salt & pepper & add the rest of the garlic & oregano.

#basquebook

San Jordi Festival

April 24, 2017

Whilst the rest of the world celebrates World Book Day on the 23rd of April, Catalonia celebrates the day of their patron saint of love, San Jordi. In a romantic festivity where books, roses & couples fill up the streets of the Spanish region, San Jordi is a mixture of Catalonian traditions from different time periods & centuries.

Mainly starting from the fact that San Jordi has been the patron saint of Catalonia since the 15th century, this Spring festivity is one of the most original celebrations in Catalonia, combining culture & romanticism. Traditionally every year couples exchange gifts: women receive a rose & men receive a book. During this day, the streets of Barcelona are filled up with book & flower stalls with people walking around looking for a rose or a book for their loved ones.

The book stalls not only offer books, but often have book-signings of some of the most well-known authors in Spain, such as Arturo Pérez-Reverte or Carlos Ruiz Zafón. San Jordi is also the perfect day to visit the Government Palace as it’s an open day full of activities such as a traditional carillon concert, an official mass in the Chapel of San Jordi & the blessing of roses in the Gothic quarter.

We’re excited to announce that Pizarro’s new book is all about Catalonia, and will be out in the Autumn #cookingcatalonia

Little José is here!

April 21, 2017

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Modern twists on classic tapas dishes alongside sensational sherry & “gintonicas” – that’s right, Little José is finally here! Located at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, Little José is José’s fourth restaurant, but this time with a twist.

A tiny tapas bar serving up killer bites such as a Cinco Jotas Ibérico pork meatball sub with manchego, our sellout Spicy Prawn Fritters with Lime Mayo, and of course – side dishes of Patatas Bravas, Padrón Peppers & a daily-changing Tortilla. José explains how he wants to “take over the traditionally boring lunchtime ‘sandwich’ & give it a 21st century makeover.”

Little José will be open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, serving moreish bites & lovely cava, wines, sherries plus his perfect Gin & Tonic, all to be supped on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Our twitter account @JosePizarroRest is providing updates – so get yourself over there!

Closest Tube: Canary Wharf

Upper Level, Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR

Harpers Wine & Spirit Top 100 Influencers

April 17, 2017

 

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Our José has been voted in the top 100 influencers on the bar and restaurant scene in the world, by prestigious trade wine magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit.

We’re popping the cava to celebrate!

Spanish Easter

April 14, 2017

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Easter week, or “Semana Santa” as it is known in Spain, is without a doubt the most important celebration of the year. It begins with Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), and after an eventful week, it concludes with Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday).

Whilst all the festivities that take place throughout the week have a religious meaning, they vary depending on the region. One of the most common ceremonies of the week are processions. In Malaga they are often accompanied by incense, floral scents, music & cheer, & they can last until the early hours of the morning, whereas in Seville, they’re normally started by pasos, an enormous carriage transported by a team of costaleros, decorated with life-size wooden statues of biblical characters. Each paso is owned by a cofradía or brotherhood, and there are fifty in Seville alone.

The Catholic Church plays a big role in Spain’s culture, and during the Easter period, the whole country comes alive and almost every citizen will be involved in some way, however, there is also a big emphasis on food. Typical food at this time of year are torrijas – slices of bread dipped in egg & soaked in wine or milk, fried & sweetened with sugar, and then sprinkled with cinnamon. Another typical sweet at this time of year is the pestiño, fried, honey-glazed pastries.

If you can’t make it to Spain to try these delicacies, then José Tapas & Pizarro Restaurant are open as normal over the whole Easter weekend. José Pizarro Broadgate will be closed from Friday 14th – Monday 17th April, re-opening on Tuesday 18thApril. Book a table for Pizarro online or by giving us a quick call – we’ve got a special dish of ‘Slow roasted Castilian lamb, Jersey Royals with garlic & rosemary, roasted red cabbage + quince allioli’. José Tapas is available for walk-ins only. José & the restaurant teams wish our customers a very Happy Easter!

Cava & Croquetas!

April 12, 2017

 

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Following on from the success of the Cava & Croquetas series in 2016, we’re back with our first one for 2017. Join us on Sunday 14th May at José Pizarro Broadgate Circle from 2pm for Cava & of course, LOTS of Croquetas! We’ve got a Sunday full of two of your favourite things & with live music in the form of Spanish guitar, plus our lovely terrace, it will be like you’ve been transported to Spain!

Our menu for the afternoon will be as follows :

Asparagus & Manchego
Prawns, chilli, garlic & lemon thyme
Peas & 5J Jamón Iberico
Chickpeas & requeson cheese

And a sweet one too….orange & custard fritters

Ticket price also includes half a bottle of Codorniu Anna Blanc de Blancs cava. Tickets are available here and cost £30 per person.

Little José opens TOMORROW!

April 11, 2017

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Modern twists on classic tapas dishes alongside sensational sherry & “gintonicas” – that’s right, Little José is finally here! Launching at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf on TOMORROW, Little José will be José’s fourth restaurant, but this time with a twist.

A tiny tapas bar serving up killer bites such as a Cinco Jotas Ibérico pork meatball sub with manchego, our sellout Spicy Prawn Fritters with Lime Mayo, and of course – side dishes of Patatas Bravas, Padrón Peppers & a daily-changing Tortilla. José explains how he wants to “take over the traditionally boring lunchtime ‘sandwich’ & give it a 21st century makeover.”

Little José will be open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, serving moreish bites & lovely cava, wines, sherries plus his perfect Gin & Tonic, all to be supped on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Our twitter account @JosePizarroRest will be providing updates as the doors open – so get yourself over there!

SHERRY – #joséstories

March 30, 2017

In this episode of José Stories, José discusses some different types of finos or sherrys with his good friend Beatriz Pascual, or as he likes to call her, “the sherry queen”, due to her extensive knowledge (we wonder how much we need to drink to get to that level….)

Light, sweet, rich or dry, there is a sherry for every taste & dish. So next time you’re at one of José’s restaurants to enjoy some tapas, give this product from Spain’s deep south a go!

#YesWayJosé #joséstories