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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.
195 Great Portland St
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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.
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.
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
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
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).
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