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REVIEW: Iberica, Marylebone

REVIEW: Iberica, Marylebone

Ibérica Marylebone LR

After a rough day at work, dragging yourself to the plans you made at a happier, stress-free moment three weeks and two days ago can seem like a chore – go through a huge menu and pick from a list of things you’re embarrassed you can’t fully identify? And pair the right wines with them? McDonald’s might have been easier.

Unless you’re at Iberica, and the wonderful waitress, hell bent on you having a great evening, suggests the tapas menu with matching wines. Starting with toasted bread with tomato, followed by a *flight* of Ibericos hams (three types, all wonderful), and Cecina, air-cured beef from Leon.

Iberica's Burguer with secreto pork loin & Piparra peppers

Next, a San Simon cheese dip with sunblushed tomatoes, Iberica’ s famed serrano ham croquettes, then grilled prawns with mushrooms and a Vizcaina sauce, which our waitress was so proud of she wouldn’t take away the plate until it was all gone.

Next (yep, another next), came grilled Iberico pork ‘pluma’ in moruno marinade with baked aubergine, and finally, a show-stopping twice-cooked lamb with padron peppers.

Delicatessen Marylebone

Dessert (it’s the sort of restaurant that means you find room for it, even though there probably is none) was chestnut creme caramel with coffee soil and chocolate ice cream, and an aerated raspberry cake (the only thing on the table we weren’t fond of – normal cake would have done fine) was served with berries and yoghurt ice cream.

Ibérica Marylebone (2)

Spread across two huge floors, the light and airy space evokes old-world Andalucia. Huge Moorish lighting fixtures and furniture add a shabby chic edge, but the overall vibe is polished and pristine. A deli off to one side is an embarrassment of edible riches, with the sort of display that makes you want to book a flight to Spain immediately to spend a week drinking wine and eating jamon in the sunshine. In fact, after such a lovely evening, we might do just that.

Amy @ Fashionbite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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