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The highly-regarded chain opens their first restaurant outside of London, with Executive Chef Nacho Manzano bringing his signature tapas to Spinningfields.

The first thing that strikes you is simply the look of the place. It's stunning.

The large, spacious ground floor bar is quite beautiful, the far wall adorned with wine bottles and a huge mirror, stunningly lit at night. Enormous light shades hang from the ceiing, resembling elegant Spanish capes. Attentive staff greet you warmly and you make your way to the bar slowly, taking in the room.

Once you've enjoyed a drink, you head upstairs. Here, the restaurant features two terraces and a drinks menu with exclusive Spanish wines and cocktails. Booths and tables maintain the sense of elegance from the downstairs bar and it feels lively but very comfortable. 

And then there's the food. Head chef Cesar Garcia has brought tapas in Manchester to a level you can't quite believe, so unusual yet familiar are the sensational tastes on offer, from succulent hakewith hollandaise sauce and lettuce water to one of the most exquisite deserts ever - a chocolate salad with sidra's vinegar juice.

Book. Now.

And if you have a sherry too many and head to the loos, you're fine, it is a toilet, not a fairground hall of mirrors...

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Iberica
Address: The Avenue
M3 3HF
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 11.30am-10pm, Wed-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 12noon-10pm
Price: £26 to £40
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I had high hopes for Iberica, after hearing such good reviews from people who had been to the London branch. I went in January when they had a 50% offer on, but the meal still ended up to be quite pricey.

We had reserved a table for 9pm, but this wasn't available for 30 minutes, then the service from then on was extremely slow. The food wasn't particularly great either - quite salty and not very flavoursome beyond that. Some dishes were fine, but overall its the saltiness that lingered in the mind (and the tastebuds). Overall, not very impressed with Iberica.