Tapas has always been a weak spot for me & I was super excited to be invited to try some of the menu for Iberica before their opening in Glasgow on September the 30th!
The new restaurant is situated on St Vincent Street. From researching the existing restaurants in London, Leeds & Manchester, I knew that the decor would be stunning. I was not disappointed! Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa Violan has created a relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere with stand out vintage features & Celtic cultural mapping over the walls.
The bar area to the rear of the restaurant again is stylish but has plenty of seating so I would recommend even visiting for the cocktails (which were delicious!)
I would recommend the Berry Cavarinha (cava, blackberries, raspberries, lime, sugar & Chambord) & the Strawberry & Basil Gin Smash! (Gin, strawberries, basil, lime, sugar & soda). And if that wasn’t already a fantastic way to start a meal, the bread was fresh & the olives were tasty!
The meat & cheese platters to start consisted of the ‘half & half’ selection. I’m not entirely sure what everything was but I know for sure that I would definitely eat it again.
The spring onion tempura was surprisingly good. I’m already a fan tempura batter & it worked really well with the spring onion. The alioli with fresh chives & soy were a refreshing combination that complimented this dish.
The mini pork loin burgers with pickled Piparra peppers were very easy on the eye & even easier on the tastebuds.
Have you really gone for tapas if you haven’t ordered garlic prawns? As a seafood lover, I like my prawns big & I like them fresh! These were cooked without fault & you definitely need to order these on your visit!
Thanks to a recommendation by our lovely host Samantha, I tried the octopus. I have had octopus a few times in the past & have sometimes found it chewy or rubbery. Certainly not here, the octopus was char grilled with a crisp outside & a soft centre. If you haven’t tried octopus before, try it here, you will probably be surprised at how much you love it!
Escalope of pork marinated & breaded with spiced pinto puree & shredded cabbage.
Fresh mackerel with roast potato in a clam & garlic sauce with a parsley & seaweed emulsion.
The chorizo lollipops were a surprise favourite!
I say this everywhere I go…. I’m not a dessert person. The spinningfields cocktail was delicious as an accompaniment to dessert. I had the rice pudding but ate it too quickly to take a picture! It was creamy with a caramelised layer on top. I enjoyed my dessert a lot but unfortunately, the digestive drink was a little too strong for me!
With Michelin starred head chef Nacho Manzano creating this wonderful menu, it’s not surprising that everything we ordered was a delight to eat! The decor was amazing, the service was fantastic & our host Samantha took time in explaining the menu & recommended some amazing dishes. Iberica Glasgow had a relaxed atmosphere, it felt like a treat that you don’t need to be guilty about!
Value for money: 8/10
Overall, I was incredibly impressed with Iberica Glasgow & would definitely visit again be it for date night or a treat with friends. I am certain that this restaurant will soon become a staple in Glasgow dining & it is definitely worth checking out!
140 St Vincent Street
Tel: 0141 530 7985
I hope you have enjoyed reading! Let me know if you visit & share your favourite dishes!