The Chefs’ Chefs: Arzak

November 8, 2017

In new HuffPost UK original series ‘The Chefs’ Chefs’, some of the industry’s most recognisable names  meet their culinary crushes to cook together.

Each episode is a meeting of two greats – as well as cooking the signature dishes of the host chef, each pair will talk food philosophy and techniques, giving an unrivalled insight into what it takes to create world-class dishes.

José introduces us to the Basque Country and the vibrant city that has firmly established itself as one of the world leaders of gastronomy. Kicking things off in one of the traditional Pintxos bars, José gives us a taste of the everyday flavours of San Sebastian before leading us to the extraordinary Restaurante Arzak. Watch the episode here:

José joins forces with Vivek Singh for an amazing Spanish-Indian food feast

November 3, 2017

On Monday 6th November in Pizarro restaurant, José will be joined by Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Kitchen.

José and Vivek will bring together their two distinct styles to create a truly unforgettable feast of wonderful food.

The duo will serve up dishes such as chorizo and onion-tomato masala, tandoori hake or kadhai spiced presa. The evening will round off with carrot halwa spring rolls and olive oil & sea salt chocolate pots.

We look forward to hosting a truly special occasion!

Catalonia is here!

October 25, 2017

We’re very excited to see the beautiful ‘Catalonia’ hitting the shelves last week (also available online).

Better yet, we are officially launching our online shop for those of you who want the book signed by the author himself ( José is definitely one of the fastest signing authors in the history – see it for yourselves).

Just add your personalised message in ‘order notes’ and we’ll send a snail mail your way (that’s Christmas presents sorted)! Get your signed copies HERE

Saturday Lunch at José Pizarro Broadgate

August 1, 2017

We’re launching a special Saturday Lunch menu at José Pizarro Broadgate – enjoy two dishes and a glass of wine, cava or a G&T for just £17.50!

Broadgate Lunch offer

Food and Travel Reader Awards 2017

July 27, 2017

Basque has been short-listed in Food and Travel Reader Awards 2017 – ‘Book of the Year’ category.  If you loved this book too – vote here!

Basque final (2)

Eater TOP 38 London Restaurants

José Tapas Bar has made it to the list of 38 Essential London Restaurants, Summer ’17 by Eater Guide! This list — for the first-time visitor and the lifelong Londoner — makes one thing certain: in London, we can eat as well as anywhere in the world.Jose - the bar

Top 10 Restaurants in Bermondsey

June 13, 2017


Pizarro has been listed as one of the Top 10 recommended restaurants in Bermondsey as chosen by TRAVELMAG – we couldn’t ask for more!

Describing our menu as “a sound selection of seasonal starters and mains enhanced with meticulously-sourced ingredients handled by the chef’s creativity” there is something for everyone.

Book a table to see what the fuss is about & see the full article here

Meet the team: Joe Nixon

May 30, 2017


Joe Nixon: Operations Director

Studying Art and Design but brought up in a pub, what else was I supposed to do?

I started my path in hospitality at my parents’ pub ’The Bell at Ramsbury’ in Wiltshire, giving me the passion for the foodie world. I moved to London in the late 90’s and was part of the opening team at Bluebird restaurant on the Kings Road, part of Terrance Conran’s food emporium. I then opened a local restaurant as Assistant Manager at ‘Parade’ with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas & the former Sous chef of ‘Chez Bruce’.

For the next 12 years I worked alongside John Torode on a number of projects including Smiths of Smithfield & The LUXE where I was General Manager.

From then I had a short stint with the brilliant Theodore Kyriakou at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross before moving to the group at the end of 2016 as Operations Director.

I have a passion for food & wine – in my spare time have been known to take people on wild food foraging excursions (that’s how I landed my nickname – Forager Joe)

Taste of London

May 21, 2017


We’re BACK! It’s that time of year again where we set-up camp for the week in Regent’s Park for the annual Taste of London Festival. This year, we’re going to be there as Little José, our new restaurant at Giant Robot in Canary Wharf. Exciting!


We’ll be serving our restaurant favourites from 14th-18th June. Expect 5J Jamón Ibérico (it’s a must have!), as well as squid ink croquetas & 5J Pluma Ibérica with piquillo aioli. On the dessert menu there’s something new from us – you can indulge on Manchego cheesecake with strawberries & rosemary crumble.


Tickets are available here. Use the code DINE at checkout for a special discount. See you in June!

Seafood (& eat it….!)

May 16, 2017


During the summer, it’s very common for those who live in large cities such as Madrid or Barcelona, to go on weekend trips to escape the hustle & bustle of the city. Many of them have houses by the beach or in smaller & less crowded towns.

One of the many popular destinations is La Costa Brava, in the region of Catalonia, where fresh fish & seafood is aplenty – you’ll find squid, cuttlefish, prawns, langoustine, lobster, & many more. Fishing has been celebrated for many years & last year one of the region’s fishing ports, the fleet of Palamos, brought in around 1,500 tonnes of fish & seafood & they even have a fish museum to raise awareness of the industry & local gastronomy.

But you don’t have to travel to La Costa Brava to have a taste – our menu offers a wide range of fish & seafood all year around, such as octopus, bacalao a la Llauna, or baby cuttlefish, amongst many others. Jose’s new book will be released later this year & is based on Catalonia, so you will also be able to re-create La Costa Brava at home.