Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Spring Menu - Blogger Event at Iberica Glasgow

For those of you who follow my blog you know that I eat tapas fairly regularly - I love all types of tapas but Spanish tapas were the first kind of ‘small plates’ that I had and it took a number of years for others to get to grips with the ‘small plate’. Anyway, one of the newer tapas restaurants in Glasgow, Ibérica, has introduced a selection of new seasonal dishes to its menu for spring and they invited me along to sample them. I’ve been to Iberica a number of times, you can read about my last visit here.

For the new seasonal dishes Iberica have added a number of lighter dishes and some additional seasonal tapas to sit alongside the long-time classics, such as their Ibérico Hams, Croquetas de Jamón or Traditional Paellas.

Some of the newer vegetarian dishes added to the menu are:- Baby Carrot Tempura; Crispy Cauliflower and Pak Choi and a Strawberry and Beetroot Salad. For the meat eaters, the new dishes are:- Chicken Wings with Canarian Mojo Sauce; Chickpea Puree and Ensaladilla Rusa and the much celebrated Twice Cooked Lamb makes a welcome return, alongside 28 days dry aged Ribeye Steak.

So to start, when we arrived we had the opportunity to sample a trio de Jamones & toasted bread with tomato, cheese selection board & bread and olives. Ana, one of our hosts for the night, kindly described to us the different types of Jamones. You can also see this from the picture below - this was also a napkin which I thought was cool. The Jamones and cheese selection were absolutely delicious. Before we went on to the main course we were given the opportunity to learn to drink from a Porron, which was great fun. Cristina kindly showed us how to do this, some of the group were brave enough to give it ago and they did very well. I wasn’t brave enough to do it though.

So next up we were taken to the private dining room for dinner. I had decided to give the vegetarian menu a try as I often get questions about good veggie spots. The dishes that I sampled were as follows: baby carrot tempura; crispy cauliflower and pak choi; patatas bravas; strawberry & beetroot salad; tortilla; sauteed peas with poached egg; tocinillo de cielo and churros con chocolate. I must admit each and every dish was very tasty. My favourite were the baby carrot tempura, crispy cauliflower and pak choi and of course the churros con chocolate. My least favourite was the tortilla - there was nothing wrong with this, I’m just not fond of tortilla in general.

During the meal we were provided with a lovely red and white wine as follows:-

White Wine: Perro Verde. Verdejo. DO Rueda (2015) Classic, fresh peach and cut grass.
Red Wine: Comenge Crianza. Tinto Fino. DO Ribera del Duero (2014) Elegant with an earthy minerality. Medium bodied with a long and fruity finish.

Ana, our host provided some additional info on the wines selected by Iberica:- Iberica source wines from different regions with the aim of representing the rick diversity of Spanish wines. As part of this effort, Iberica bring wines from small boutique wineries that are not available anywhere else in the UK - these are makred with an * in their wine list. Sourcing directly from the producers allows Iberica to give us, the customer, a better price for the quality of these wines.

Ibérica is the perfect place to share tapas and a drink with friends, enjoy a light bite, or to sit at the bar and indulge in an unrivalled wine list, that include over 50 wines – as stated above some are not available anywhere else in the UK -  G&Ts or original sangrías. In addition, from April onwards, children under the age of 10 will be able to eat for free every Sunday.

Iberica is definitely worth a visit, the food, service and atmosphere are really good. I love the interior of this place, it is just so pretty and somewhere that I could imagine spending hours with the girls grazing over the tapas and enjoying some great wine.

I would like to say a big thank you to our hosts on the night Ana & Natalie. It was lovely to get to chat to you both and find out so much about Iberica in general and specifically the food and wine. Also a big thank you to Cristina our waitress for the night.

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Date Visited: Tuesday, 26 April 2017

Restaurant Details:
Iberica Glasgow,
140 St Vincent Street,
G2 5LA

Telephone: 0141 5307985
Website: click here

Disclaimer:- I was invited by Iberica to sample their new spring menu and did not pay for my meal. The above is an accurate account of my experience on the night.

Here are some photos of other dishes on the night that I may or may not have sampled as they had meat in them.

1 comment:

  1. The beer selection at this place was great and rotates often. Everyone who works at Chicago event space makes you feel welcome. They remember your favorite drink and you will be glad to tweet about them.