Sunday, 30 April 2017

Glasgow Living Part 16 – Dinner at Ibérica, Hope Street, Glasgow

Readers, it’s been a great few weeks visiting Glasgow restaurants various and sampling new menus, refurbs and openings.

Last Tuesday, the lovely Emma from Emma invited me as her plus one to the launch of the new menu at Ibérica in Glasgow.  Now, we can’t call these guys a chain – yes, they do have 6 venues south of the border, but their menus reflect what’s available locally, they’ve gone out of their way to source wines from small, unique wineries across Spain and we were in last week to see what their latest menu had to offer.

Ibérica’s internal PR lady was up from London – she’s been with them since Head Office was pretty much a back room operation, knows the role inside out and most of all, she’s passionate about the food they serve to customers.  She spent a great deal of time with us all on the night, which was appreciated.  It was my first visit to Ibérica Glasgow last week and I had a lovely time sampling and reviewing the new menu in their Glasgow branch which opened last year.

Our night kicked off with a trio of jamones (ham to the rest of us) served with a cheeseboard selection, breads and oils and the very welcomed cava.  We learned about the pigs and how some retailers aren’t always 100% truthful on their pigs, what they are fed on and what their heritage is.  It’s true, they all did taste slightly differently, clearly affected by what the pigs had been eating! 
iberica restaurant glasgow


Next, we moved on through to the private dining area – note, Ibérica is as formal as you want it to be.  They are encouraging small plates and drinks by the bar after work (like you’d do in Spain, enough of your formal dining Britain!) Or, if formality is more your thing, then the private dining area at the back accompanied around 12 people fairly comfortably.  Great for groups (or as I thought, a classy hen night dinner).
iberica restaurant glasgow


We started with a  selection from the new menu – my personal favourite was the baby carrot tempura with a homemade tartare sauce, which was divine.  We then got stuck into crispy cauliflower, octopus and a traditional salad.  All were served with a delicious white wine, which is only available at Ibérica restaurants – see my point above about the small independent wineries.
iberica restaurant glasgow

iberica restaurant glasgow

Next up, croquettes with ham – I learned these are so difficult to make properly and that the internal mix should be stirred for several hours to create the creamy texture properly.  I’ll keep this in mind for any future croquette eating… We had twice cooked lamb, chicken wings and pitu chicken and rice.  Don’t be fooled by the small plates… after 4 of these, you’re likely to be done and dusted!!!! These were all matched by a delicious Spanish red, again, only available at Ibérica.
iberica restaurant glasgow


I love dessert… and even after knocking myself out with everything apart from the Octopus, I saved a little space to sample both dessert offers –a little tasty oh so sweet, almost caramel tart served with mango sorbet. Trust me, it’s worth ordering. It’s really rich, but oh so delicious.  Then, to finish up, churros with a hot chocolate sauce.  My absolute favourite snack.  


Ibérica Glasgow was a really lovely experience.  The décor is very much my style, quite industrial, no fussy linens etc and I can see this being a great after work spot for dinner with colleagues.  Upshot… keen to go back! 

Disclaimer: I was invited along to Iberica to review their new menu.  Any opinions expressed are my own. 

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