Iberica on Glasgow’s St Vincent street is a classic styled restaurant, which is quite old fashioned in a way yet very casual and relaxed. It is a setting where you can relax with friends, have a romantic meal or discuss business by the bar.
While the setting is perfect for discussions this is also an environment that is relaxed enough for a dinner by yourself whilst enjoying a good book.
As it was our first visit, my boyfriend and I wanted to try a selection of what they had and what better way to start than with the trio of hams, bread with olive oil and drinks. The bread was nice but it’s the meat that you should focus on. Even though we had the Iberico which is rare we both preferred the Serrano – it just had a delicious meaty flavour with the perfect amount of salt.
Sticking with wanting to try a lot of food we went for tapas rather than big plates. They have many options for their tapas and the choices take up the majority of their menu. My boyfriend and I always try each others food so sharing tapas is something we really enjoy. A good chance to try more great food.
Our choices were the;
- Patatas Bravas – potato cubes with spicy brava sauce and alioli
- Gambas – prawns in a garlic sauce
- Padrones – padron peppers with sea salt
- Croquetas – cheese croquetes with serrano ham
- Chroizo – chorizo cooked with cider and chickpeas.
- Iberica Burgers – secreto pork sliders with a mustard dip
The padrones were my boyfriend’s favourites. He said they were just like the ones he gets when he’s in Madrid. The Iberica Burgers were my favourite, with a perfect ratio of meat to bun to mustard. Just a perfect little mouthful. I would have everything again however the prawns were an issue for me. Prawns with the vein still in are a pet peeve of mine, it makes me feel a little sick. Research stated that it’s very common for the prawns to be served this way in Spain but I had to devein mine before eating.
All this food made us quite full so we bypassed the dessert but they have a few options from classic churros to after dinner drinks such as brandies and sherries.
Our check arrived with an after dinner liqueur which I’m afraid I cant remember the name of but was quite nice even though there was a strong smell of aniseed.
Iberica is a good option for any occasion especially those casual catch up dinners or drinks. The staff are attentive and informative if you have any questions about the food choices or drinks. I’ll definitely go back but I have more places to try first.
If you want to check out their menu click here.