Somewhat of an homage to northern Spain, London’s hottest tapas spot, Iberica is known for serving a selection of classic Spanish dishes with a modern twist.
Walking into the restaurant is like travelling to modern Spain. The interiors are light but airy, and are complemented with hand made traditional Andalucían tiles and stunning glass lanterns. The décor is designed by multi-award winning Spanish architect and interior designer Lazaro Rosa Violan. Violan manages to capture the essence and feel of contemporary Spanish dining in Iberica’s design, it’s both chic and effortlessly stylish.
The kitchen itself is directed by three Michelin Starred Chef, Nacho Manzano. Manzano is known for producing an ever-evolving menu at Ibérica, his speciality fish dishes and his modern interpretations of traditional Spanish cooking have made Iberica the go to destination for modern Tapas in London.
Upon arrival, our gastromical adventure started off with delicious sourdough toasted bread with tomato, and a trio of classic Iberican Hams. The hams were delicious, each unique and bursting with flavour. Alongside this we had Cecina, an air cured beef from Leon. The meats paired with the tomato breads were delicious, the perfect mix of flavours on the palette.
The next dish was a mouth-watering gazpacho, with green apple and basil granite, and sun blushed tomato. Perfect for freshening up the taste buds for the next course. The cod arrived shortly after the gazpacho and was a little piece of melt in the mouth perfection. Perfectly cooked and full of flavour.
The croquettes were the next course, I was exceptionally excited about these as they are my favourite Spanish specialty. I can happily say I wasn’t disappointed; the Croquettes were possibly the best croquettes I’ve ever had. Finally we were greeted with my standout dish out of the evening, Creamy black rice with squid, prawns and aioli, this dish was so delicious that although we were full, we still managed to polish off every last bite.
The thing about Iberica, is it’s not just the food which you visit for, (even though the food is exceptionally good), it’s the general buzz, the vibrant atmosphere and the gorgeous cocktails. It’s a hot bed of enthralling conversation, delicious drinks and exceptional company. The Cantabric Martini was our favourite cocktail, best enjoyed by having a sip of the Martini, follow by a bite of the authentic Cantabric anchovy. It’s a lip smackingly punchy flavour that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Relaxed and informal, Iberica mixes Spain’s relaxed Manyana attitude with edgy London dining. Making it the perfect place to enjoy an informal evening in the heart of the city.
Iberica Marylebone, 195 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PS, T. +44 (0) 207 148 1615. Nearest tube: Great Portland Street