Ibérica Marylebone

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Ibérica Marylebone

FIne tapas in Marylebone in an expansive, relaxed setting - and with a deli next door

Ibérica feels like an Andalusian mansion on the corner of Great Portland Street. So many London tapas bars go for the dark tavern look, but here the balconied upper level, internal windows, Moorish oversized lamps and traditional azulejo blue and white tiling create an expansive, relaxed atmosphere.

The air-cured beef cecina is a favourite of executive chef, Nacho Manzano, when he visits from his two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Asturias, so don’t miss that wafer-thin delicacy, served on a meat board alongside smoky chorizo or soft slices of lomo. The menu demonstrates how traditional dishes are done best (absolutely tender octopus served simply with soft potatoes, or smooth chickpea purée with nibs of spiced chorizo) and balances this with novel playful flavour-pairings (chorizo lollipops with pear aïoli, or beetroot gazpacho lifted by red berries, cheese ice-cream and anchovy flecks).

Traditionally given to pilgrims after a trek to Santiago de Compostela, Galician almond tart is, in this version, dense, moist and almost worth a pilgrimage in itself. Service is friendly and very Spanish. Pop into Ibérica’s deli next door to buy cured meats and Spanish cheeses – and remember to book if you’re visiting the restaurant at the end of the week.

 

Venue name: Ibérica Marylebone
Contact:
Address: 195 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5PS
Opening hours: Tapas served 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Great Portland Street
Price: Tapas £3.50-£12.50. Set tapas (11.30am-5pm Mon-Fri) £10 2 dishes, £15 3 dishes
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Sam
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I come a lot to this restaurant because they serve all the tapas I like and make great recommendations to join the food with great wines and sherrys. It is a vibrant and reliable choice. I am especially addicted to the Gazpacho of red berries, beetroot & anchovy, the secret Grilled marinated iberian pork loin, and the chorizo lollypops with alioli The relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome makes every visit enjoyable. My wife really likes the new decor of the restaurant - iberian with a modern twist.

GirlAboutLondon
tastemaker

Iberica

This is where to go for proper, high-end tapas at normal prices.

I craved Iberica's chorizo lollipops for a whole week after I'd visited there for the first time recently when I went with a group of colleagues for lunch.

On Great Portland Street (but known as Iberica Marylebone), the restaurant, set on 2 levels, looks like a beautiful, bright home. Despite being quite big, it's cleverly laid-out and feels intimate.

They have a good value set menu starting from £11 for 3 tapas. And trust me, 3 tapas might not sound like enough, but they're plenty and filling.

And thank goodness for the set menu because there is so much to choose from on the a la carte it's difficult to decide what to have. There's also an extensive and interesting-looking cocktail menu.

I opted for the £14 set tapas of chorizo lollipops, peas and ham, and Mediterranean vegetables on bread (there are 9 dishes to choose from).

Like I said, I craved the lollipops afterwards, and thinking about them now makes my mouth water.

This simple, rich dish was my highlight- chunks of chorizo are fried in light tempura batter and placed on a thick blob of aioli. I loved the combination of crunchy, smooth, salty, garlicky and oily. I'd happily eat 3 plates of them.

The 'peas and ham' sounds deceivingly simple- it's actually a generous bowl of sweet peas, slithers of Serrano ham, tomato sauce and topped with a beautifully soft poached egg that, when cut open and mixed in, really brings the dish together.

The vegetables on toast with manchega cheese (Coca Mediterranea) was my least favourite and made me wish I'd opted for the fish and chips instead (a colleague had ordered it and it looked divine). The toast was very dry and crunchy which would've been fine if there'd been sauce or something with it. I wanted to pour a glug of olive oil over it but there wasn't any on the table (which I found strange) and no waiter in sight, so I scooped up some of the aioli but it didn't really cut it and I found it too hard to eat (literally). I'm a huge fan of cheese so was looking forward to the manchego but there was hardly any of it. Still, I cleared my plate.

I tried a colleague's pear, spinach and blue cheese salad which was divine- so rich and tasty, and not a small portion.

Another person had the Galician-style octopus and said it was outstanding (it looked just as good), as was the black rice with prawns and squid.

Unfortunately I was disappointed with the service. Our waiter wasn't particularly friendly or apologetic when our food was delayed- we were a group of 12 but we didn't eat together because our food came at different times. Half the table had to query where their food was 10 minutes after the rest of us had started eating. And one person's order was completely lost in the ether so he only ate when everyone else was finished. I would've expected this to be taken off the bill- without asking for it to be- as a gesture of goodwill, but it wasn't.

Overall though I loved the food and the setting and have to go back to try the rest of the menu, and have chorizo lollipops on the side.

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

Iberico does three things very very well - service, G&Ts and tapas. We urgently needed a table for dinner but they had absolutely no walk ins. As we were on a tight schedule and my dad was here in the UK for one night only, the staff made a real effort to find us a table. We waited at the bar for about 30 mins and, somehow by magic, they found us a table! There is an extensive G&T menu with some interesting flavours and also a great wine menu. The tapas was all extremely good, especially the chorizo! After a few tapas dishes, we shared a paella. What a mistake. The paella looked great but was nowhere near as good as the tapas. In fact, it was so bad we actually told the restaurant (nicely) that we weren't impressed. That was a real shame as everything else was great! I would still pay Iberico another visit but would stick firmly to the tapas.

Henry C
tastemaker

Iberica has a well balanced menu of cheese & meat to suit any party. We started with a meat & cheese board and lot of Sangria. The Sangria is beautiful and is a must have. For mains, as we were a table of 7 we ordered almost all the main tapas' and shared as a table. Personal highlights include the Manchego Cheese & the Chorizo Lollipops.


Although the food and service was delicious I did find the food to be incredibly rich (compared to other tapas I've had) and it sat very heavy on my stomach. I don't think I've ever eaten too much cheese before!


Only downside is the restaurant has maybe a few too many tables (some are right next to stair wells and passages) and can get quite warm 

Ladyvp
Tastemaker

Went to this tapas bar last night and enjoyed it a lot! The food and the service was really good. It was amazing value for money my friend and I shared 6 tapas and a bottle of wine and it cost us £30 each. I would say the one tapas that I would only order if you are a large group are the chorizo lolippops. They are deep fried and you are given 6 of them which to share between 2 was very heavy. One was enough for me- delicious but heavy. The gazpacho is a must try buy it does have anchovies in it so beware fir the anchovie hater. The Galicia octopus was the best I have ever tried and I have been to spain MANY times.

Stefan S
Tastemaker

As a heads up, my Iberica experience was a biased 3 star. My colleagues would probably vote closer to a 4 star experience! 

Main reasons?

I had less choice as the vegetarian, and the meals were good...but not great. (Although the salty padron peppers were quite addictive, and we were given some om-nom-n'olives to begin with).

Understand my vego experience won't affect the majority. To cover the omnivores, my colleagues adored the chorizo lollipops, the pork loin burgers and the fried squid.

That being said, the overall service wasn't great. Staff forgot orders, took awhile with meals, and weren't overly friendly. 


The atmosphere is quite nice though, for both lunch and after-work. It's usually full in the evenings, with people sharing red wine and tapas over candle-lit tables and dark wood decor.

Swing by for a bit of Spain, or simply for a post-work glass of vino in a pleasant atmosphere. 

McDouglas

VERY good Spanish food - well presented and quality tapas. Relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality. much enjoyed and will return. The desserts were especially good. we loved the tarta de l'abuella a chocolate pudding so much that we go back just for more.

Ptaty

I'd read some bad things about service, but was happy to try (as often it's just those who are miffed who write comments...) and I wan't disappointed. What a fantastic place! I was transported back to living in Spain again. Our waitress spoke in Spanish first of all which I love as it's not condescending and can then gauge whether her table is spanish speaking or not Jamon and queso were gorgeous, other tapas were equally and we had excellent service. I felt like the waitress could be a friend she was so friendly. Would highly recommend and shall certainly be going back if only to see the jamon being carved on the bar! **shiver** memories of Spain

Maria

I am Spanish and last week i went to the restaurant for a special celebration, not all the days a chef with 2 stars michelin prepares to you the dinner!!! The place is lovely and the food is wonderful and amazing, even for me that I have eaten it a lot of times. 100% recomended

Maria F

I took my parents to Iberica last week when they were over from Galicia. They'd been here for 3 weeks by then and I'd dragged them round every other nationality. They love London and trying new things when they visit, but this stay was a bit longer and they really needed a Spanish fix. Iberica is my fav pit-stop when I'm feeling a bit homesick so was delighted when I was able to get a table on a Thursday with only a days notice. Know how busy it gets and it was slammed. Once again guys, it did not disappoint. From the croquettas, to the Patatas bravas ( my favourite - don't know what they do with the sauce ) to some fabulous dish with octopus - we ordered 2 of those in the end, the food is just the best. 2 bottles of red, a ton of fab tapas, 1 great waitress (Spanish of course) and 2 and a half hours later my parents had been converted. My Dad is pretty particular and even he was happy and wants to try the suckling pig when he's next here (they need 24 hours notice).