I know, I don’t normally post this fast – straight after a visit, but I’m yearning to be back there, sampling the new menu again, rather than in the office, awaiting the rain that will undoubtedly follow such glorious weather.
Iberica has released it’s spring menu, and just in time for Mr GFB and I to enjoy it amidst the scorching temperatures this weekend. It was the best excuse to don a new dress, and sit outside in the sunshine, praying my factor whatever would hold up. Which it did, although there may have bee occasional checks of my own chest in the camera on my phone just in case. Stay sun safe lovelies, even if it means you get some funny looks.
Now whilst it’s a new menu, don’t panic. Favourites like the chorizo lollipops, the asparagus toast and the pulpo are still there, but they’ve been added to, so now there may be one or two new favourites to add to your list.
And I’m still always amazed at the toasted bread with tomato. As someone who actively dislikes fresh tomato, this for me is a must. It’s always good. And when there’s such a good selection to choose from, means you can have a nibble on this and some stunning Iberico ham, while you decide what other goodies to tease your tastebuds with.
Making sure we hit (some of) our five a day meant that Padron peppers were always going to be there, but this time they were accompanied by spring vegetables sauteed and topped with Idiazábal cheese. The smoky cheese worked well with the sweet vegetables, and the crispy garlic bread crumbs dotting the plate.
The mussels were our next selection. Fresh mussels in a leek, onion and vermouth sauce with toasted bread. There was also a little something I couldn’t quite put my finger on, until later, and it’s orange zest, adding a soft sweet fruity element to the dish that had us both dunking the bread eagerly in an effort to get the last bit of sauce.
Our next fish dish was one that Iberica are very proud of, their hake with hollandaise and baby gem. The lettuce jus is somehow sweet and rich at the same time, balancing out the garlicky notes of the sauce on top of the fish, and the richness of the hollandaise. Perfect for the summer.
Our final fish dish, was black rice – prawn and squid ink rice served with alioli. Rich, and full of flavour, the rice still has that nuttiness that makes this another favourite of mine.
Our final dish (before dessert anyway) was another newbie – the crispy chicken. Chicken thigh on top of Romesco sauce, with crispy artichokes and dotted with crunchy toasted hazelnuts. This one might just make it on to my favourite list, I adore romesco sauce anyway, so the addition of crispy but tender chicken is the icing on the cake.
Speaking of cake – dessert beckoned. And another new addition.
While Mr GFB enjoyed his Torrija – brioche with apricot coulis served with vanilla ice cream and paired with sweet Sherry Néctar, I dove feet first into the offee flan with vanilla ice cream. They’ve taken crema catalana, and added coffee, to create my now new favourite dessert at Iberica. I even (despite the heat) opted for the wine pairing, and was awfully glad I did. The Gran Duque de Alba brandy bumped the toffee notes up to 11, making every mouthful a delight.
Even if it did make me rather sleepy!
Overall, it was a lovely lazy, hot afternoon of good wine and gin, and great food. I love the new menu options, and if I had my way, that’s where I’d be spending the last of this afternoon’s sunshine.
Roll on summer!