Whether it’s a laid-back dinner with colleagues at the end of the working week, or a quick drink and nibbles with friends, Spanish restaurant Iberica Canary Wharf offers an extensive wine list and a series of tapas plates to see you through numerous dining occasions. Just a five-minute walk from the underground station, the site is the first of the Spanish group’s restaurants to be designed by Spanish architect Lazaro Rosa Violán.
It's a little more rustic than some of its sister restaurants, offering plenty of wooden surfaces, burgundy furniture, vintage posters, and a bull’s head behind the bar. The space is split over two levels, with the option to dine in the bustling bar and lounge area on the ground floor, or at one of the quieter tables in the set-apart mezzanines upstairs.
The menu is created by Michelin-starred executive chef Nacho Manzano and offers a mix of tapas plates, cheeses, cured meats and main dishes. Its 26-, 36- or 42-month aged Jamon Iberico can be ordered by the plate, or go crazy with a tasting platter of all three. Tapas dishes include ham croquetas, salted padron peppers and grilled whole tiger prawns, while confit artichoke, Catalonian fish stew and twice-cooked lamb with cherry tomatoes all offer contemporary twists on classic Spanish dishes.
For dessert, take your pick from crowdpleasers including churros with chocolate sauce, caramelised Spanish rice pudding or a trio of artisan cheeses. The drinks menu includes a varied selection of reds, whites and sparkling wines as well as vermouth, sherry and sangria by the glass or jug.
Canary Wharf’s little sister La Terraza sits adjacent to the main restaurant and offers an exclusive outdoor bar and restaurant, perfect for enjoying one of Iberica’s signature sharing platters and a glass of wine during the warmer months.