Iberica Food & Culture
195 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PS
If you’re knowledge of Spanish cuisine stops at Paella, a trip to Iberica to discover some new Spanish flavours is just the thing you need. Opened a year and half ago, and situated just five minutes away from Regent’s Park, Iberica sits on a pleasant corner of Great Portland Street, enjoying a privileged postcode. The varied menu offers diverse dishes from all of Spain, with an added, personal touch from the in-house chefs Santiago Guerrero and Nacho Manzano.
In the ground-floor restaurant you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere in which you can try one of the main courses or just nibble on some of the different types of cheese and ham available, whilst sampling a good Spanish wine – Iberica has an impressive and varied wine list with some tip top varieties you won’t easily find anywhere else.
The suggestions of chef Guerrero are the ham croquettes, the black rice with prawns, or the octupus. For dessert he recommends the caramelised rice pudding, which is reminiscent of traditional British puddings.
In contrast, the mezzanine restaurant is a more formal space, which is only open Tuesday to Saturday. Here you can peruse are more refined and inventive menu created by Chef Manzano. Highly recommended are the morcillas (sausages made from pigs blood) as an entrée, followed by grilled steak and mashed potatoes for the the main course.
But if you’re still left wanting your Paella, you can come down on a Saturday when it’s served up, Spanish-style.