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    Tuesday, 5 December 2017

    THE NEW WINTER MENU AT IBERICA

    It's officially that time of year when all I want to eat is big bowls of comforting food. Steaming hot bowls of Shepherd's pie, mac and cheese or absolutely ANYTHING containing mashed potato.

    It's just the perfect food for when the darker nights set in right? Well I received an invitation recently for a very different kind of winter comfort food - and it didn't contain even half the amount of stodge as some of my normal festive favourites: Spanish Tapas.

    Now Spanish food doesn't typically spring to mind when I think of 'comfort food' but I'm all about broadening my horizons so we got dressed up and headed over to Victoria to try the new seasonal menu at Spanish restaurant, Iberica.
    What I'm Wearing: Top / Jacket / Flares / Shoes / Handbag

    Everything about Iberica is super authentic. They even had a Spanish architect design all of their restaurants so you feel like you've been transported across to the Continenant as soon as you walk through the door.

    From tiling to resemble the tapas bars in Andalucía to vintage maps, paintings and pots to celebrate Asturian Celtic heritage, they've gone over and above to give each Ibérica its very own character.
    For the new winter season, they've created a delicious new menu which promises to deliver big bold gamey flavours - perfect for the chillier weather. 

    Game is super popular in Spain - they eat a lot more of it than we do - so it features quite heavily on this new menu with everything from Quail, Venison and Duck making an appearance. All the dishes are designed to be eaten tapas style so make sure you order a few dishes and share it out amongst friends.
    There's the honey glazed aubergine which has been slowly cooked for the most incredible melt-in-the-mouth texture and topped with toasted pine nuts for a delicious crunch...
    Or the incredible Hare croquettes.  Filled with a rich, gamey hare pate and topped with tartare sauce...
     I could have eaten the whole tray!
    The fresh hake was cooked beautifully and just the right size for sharing. The flakes of delicately cooked white fish are perfectly balanced with a creamy hollandaise sauce and zingy salad juices.
    The Spanish eat loads of Hake (over 6 kilos per person per year) and it really is a fab alternative to cod which we love here in the UK.
    For your more meaty options - there's the pan fried Quail - which comes served on the bone in a  creamy cep mushroom sauce with delicious festive pickled cranberries. 
    The flavour of the sauce is just incredible but it's really fiddly to eat with the little bones still intact so you might be better opting for the next dish instead...

    Seared Mallard duck breast with beetroot served four ways and pickled girolle mushrooms. Delicious chunks of tender meat with the most incredible flavour. 
    Finally I absolutely loved the pan-fried Venision loin. Served perfectly pink with confit artichokes, toasted pine nuts and a flavour packed honey-roasted garlic aioli.

    It's the perfect dish for winter, washed down with a delicious glass of red wine. 
    If you've room for pudding - order the celery panna cotta (trust me!). I HATE celery but this was the most delicate, creamy pudding I've had in so long, I was ordering seconds! 
    Overall Iberica is a fab place for a bite to eat. The atmosphere is so laid-back, making it the perfect place for a catch-up with friends or work colleagues. The new winter menu is available now until 31st December from all Iberia branches in London, Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester. 

    Iberica
    5-6, Zig Zag, 68 Victoria St, 
    Westminster, London SW1E 6SQ


    * We were invited to preview the new Winter menu
    Our food was free but my opinions are all my own 

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