Tonkotsu x José Pizarro

February 7, 2017

Tonk x Pizarro HR-14

We are still so excited that we’re currently collaborating with Tonkotsu! The restaurant, named after the typical dish from Kyushu, but found all over Japan, creates its smooth ramen by cooking the pork bones for up to 18 hours. Since February 1st, and for the next 5 weeks – they have put ‘5J Ibérico Pork Ramen’ on the menu at every site (apart from Selfridges).

Be sure to share your pics with us using the hashtag #tonkotsuxjosépizarro and tagging @JosePizarroRest & @tonkotsulondon

Who’s Cooking Dinner?

January 30, 2017

‘Who’s Cooking Dinner?’ has been a part of the London restaurant world since 1998 and is a highlight of the hospitality calendar, supported by many in the industry, and has since become one of the most renowned dining occasions. It is the brainchild of two men, both of whose lives irrevocably changed in 1994.

Chairman of Leuka and Who’s Cooking Dinner?, Peter Gordon says: “Who’s Cooking Dinner? is a celebration of what can be achieved when an industry comes together to make a difference. For one night only, a team of the best chefs in the UK will delight a single room with unforgettable menus. There is real camaraderie in the kitchen but there’s also intense heat – these chefs are out to impress!”

This year, José will be joining 19 other celebrated chefs (they have 15 Michelin stars between them!) including Tom Kerridge, Mark Hix MBE, Ruth Rogers & Angela Hartnett at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane for the 18th Annual Who’s Cooking Dinner? Event. Held on Monday 6th March 2017, 200 lucky diners will enjoy this exclusive evening, with the event raising funds for research and treatment for leukaemia. Guests are randomly assigned to their chef’s table on the evening using a draw – and following this are able to bid for the experience of having the chefs’ cook at their own home!

José’s menu features his signature dishes with a twist – all expertly paired with some of his favourite Spanish wine:


Jamón Ibérico 5J, 100% acorn fed & Pan con tomate

Fino en Rama Rey Fernando de Castilla, Boutinot

Fideua, grilled squid and carabinero, alioli

Pazo de Señorans Albarino 2015

Slow roast leg of Castilian lamb, red cabbage, baby potatoes and green salad

Viña Tondonia Reserva 2004

Tarta Alicia, blood oranges and blue cheese

Tintilla de Rota de Finca Moncloa 2012


To book a table for you and your guests, please contact Camilla Doyle on 020 7487 3401. Tickets for the event cost £7,000 for a table of 10. See you there!

Chocs for Chance!

January 26, 2017

Jose Pizarro

José is delighted to be part of 2017’s ‘Chocs for Chance!’ auction, where he has designed a bespoke box of chocolates to auction for Galvin’s Chance. The auction goes live tomorrow (January 27th) and lasts for 10 days, so keep bidding! José has also donated a box for the raffle where you can purchase as many tickets as you like for £5 each from the 7th. That’s TWO chances to get your hands on these in time for Valentine’s Day……

Strawberries with PX sweet wine & white chocolate
Apple, cinnamon & smooth caramel
Baked chestnuts with smooth caramel
Grapes with Moscatel wine & white chocolate
Cranberries with milk chocolate
Black olives, white & dark chocolate

Galvin’s Chance is a charity working to offer disadvantaged young people industry-led training and opportunities for a front of house career in some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants & food service management organisations in London.

Happy bidding! #ChocsforChance

José Pizarro talks Christmas in Spain!

December 15, 2016


We had a quick chat with José over some cava, & quizzed him about his best Spanish Christmas traditions. Feliz Navidad!


What are your childhood memories of Christmas?

When I woke up on Christmas Day and my Mum & Grandma were in the kitchen cooking the goat’s stew and the smell coming through the kitchen. All my family together around the table, talking, drinking and eating until the lunch is ready.

What will you be having for Christmas lunch this year?

We normally start with pica pica, Jamón, charcuterie, seafood, black pudding with tomato sauce. Our starter is fish soup and octopus with potatoes, clams with garlic & thyme, and then for main it’s my Mum’s baby goat stew. We also have some sherry and for dessert turrón, pineapple & Brazo de Gitano

Sprouts : love them or hate them? Top tip for making them delicious

Love them any way as long as they’re cooked perfectly al dente. I always cook with chilli, garlic & anchovies and a splash of lemon juice, delicious!

What’s the traditional Christmas dessert in Spain?

A variety of turrón, fried custard made by Mum Isabel, and also Roscón de Reyes ( Epiphany cake) for the Three Wise Man, it’s a round cake with some decorations


Finally, will you be in the kitchen or do you get elbowed out by family & friends?

Normally I spend Christmas with family back in Spain, so my Mum is the one who always cooks and doesn’t allow anyone to step into the kitchen.

Go Basque for Christmas!

December 8, 2016

We’ve got Christmas Gifts at José Pizarro – so go on, spoil someone you love! (or pick one up for yourself….)

A signed Basque cookbook & a bag is just £20 – or pick up two for £35. PLUS: Buy a book in December & receive 25% off at Broadgate in January. We can’t think of a better way to beat the Christmas blues than with tapas!

 We’ve also got gift vouchers available at all restaurants for that extra special treat.


Do Saturday Right at Broadgate this December!

December 6, 2016



Saturday 10th December – Gin & Buñuelos

Following the success of our Cava & Croquetas Party on 9th October, we’re so excited to be launching our first Gin & Buñuelos Party on Saturday 10th December!

Buñuelos (also known as fritters!) are traditional pastries served in many parts of Spain, consisting of small dough balls made of flour, butter and eggs, fried in hot olive oil. You may have tasted our infamous Prawn Fritters before….

Ticket price of £35 includes two Gin Mare gin tónicas, fab live music, and are available here

Saturday 17th December – Cava & Christmas Croquetas

This afternoon features your favourite croquetas with a festive spin, live Spanish music & lots of cava! Our menu for the afternoon will include:

Oxtail & caramelised orange
Prawns, chilli, garlic & lemon thyme
Stilton & caramelised walnuts
Goose & cranberries

Orange & custard fritters

Tickets are limited, and on sale for £35 here. Tickets include three glasses of cava on arrival.


November 1, 2016


We’re really honoured to be joining an amazing line up of chefs, restaurants and cookbook authors in the #CookForSyria campaign – a month long celebration of Syrian cuisine in aid of Unicef Next Generation.

This global initiative brings together diverse groups of young professionals committed to transforming the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

From 31st October to 30th November, indulge in our special Syrian inspired dish ‘Neck of Lamb, with Pisto and Hummus’ at José Pizarro Broadgate – with £2 from each dish sold donated to this very worthy cause as part of the #CookForSyria campaign.

Taste of London – Festive Edition

October 24, 2016

Taste of London – Festive Edition



From the 17th – 20th November, for the first time, we’ll be taking part in Festive Taste of London at Tobacco Dock, and we cannot wait to be there!

For fourdays, we’ll be serving some of our signature dishes including Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico, prawns & Ibérico pork presa on the BBQ, and for your sweet tooth, deliciously moreish chocolate pots with salt & olive oil.

Tickets are available here: and are £15 per session.

We can’t think of a more fun way to get in the Christmas spirit! YES WAY JOSÉ!

5th Birthday at José and Pizarro

October 20, 2016




José Tapas and Pizarro on Bermondsey Street are 5 years old this November! From the 31st October – 4th November we will be having a 5-day long celebration, and YOU’RE INVITED!

5 tapas dishes, over 5 days for £25, or as we like to call it – 5 YEARS, 5 DAYS, 5 TAPAS – all especially chosen by José himself! Available at both restaurants, be sure to book as quickly as possible so you don’t miss out on the festivities.

Bookings can be made online here ( or by calling Pizarro restaurant on 020 7378 9455. Unfortunately we cannot take bookings at José Tapas Bar.


#yeswayJosé                        #felizcumpleaños                           #5tapas5days

Sunday Lunch with José and Vivek Singh

August 30, 2016

The Guardian Local Sunday Lunch series will see José (also a regular Guardian contributor) join forces with Vivek Singh for the next instalment of the series.

On Sunday 2 October at his Broadgate Circle restaurant, José will be joined by Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Kitchen. Vivek’s signature style combines modern Indian flavours with western techniques. José and Vivek will bring together their two distinct styles to create a truly unforgettable Sunday lunch. Expect truly collaborative menus, wonderful food unique to this event, and stories about their friendships and experiences.

For only £50 for lunch and a welcome glass of cava (or £40 for Guardian patrons/partners), it promises to be a truly special occasion with food that you have never tasted before and stories of their friendship and experiences. Book your seat here

Arrivals at 12.30pm for pica pica and a welcome drink. Lunch will be served from 1pm.