As well as being a bakery, Mediterranean restaurant Del’Aziz is firmly a part of the recent trend of all-day dining that has swept across the capital, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its modern yet intimate setting is located in the new Bermondsey Square development, the clean lines and glass facades of which stand in stark contrast to the churchyard across the street.
We visited to sample their mezze selection and main dishes. We started with a Primitivo red wine, which was rich and peppery and served in intricately decorated glasses, which along with the swirling patterned motifs on the walls brought a warmer atmosphere to the restaurant.
The highlight of our meal by far was the mezze. A dish of honey glazed salmon, artichokes and sesame seed brochette was the most memorable part of the meal– I could have eaten a huge plate of it. Their hummus was delicious and generously portioned, and the honey-glazed merguez sausages were a hit. Three plates between two worked out well as a starter but it would be well worth choosing the mezze as the basis of your whole meal.
The evening selection of main courses consisted mainly of standard cuts of meat and fish with a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern twist. At Del’Aziz they excel at the grill – my guest opted for the fillet steak served with chips and Béarnaise sauce and had nothing but praise. I went for the minced lamb koobideh shish. The meat was gently spiced and I enjoyed the peppers that were sprinkled in with the saffron rice, though I found it a little dry overall without an accompanying sauce.
We were keen to try the desserts, although we were told after ordering the pistachio, then the strawberry, that they had run out of all their ice cream. So we tried a selection of Middle Eastern pastries. These were very sweet and sticky but bite-sized – a nice way to end the meal.
After an enjoyable visit, I would definitely recommend heading a little way off the beaten track away from the myriad of restaurants around London Bridge, and giving the mezze at Del’Aziz a go.
11 Bermondsey Square
Tel: 020 7407 2991