Spanish powerhouse Ibérica has sites across London (Canary Wharf, Victoria, Farringdon) and Leeds with Marylebone claiming home to its flagship restaurant (it's also the first member of the Iberica family). The interiors are designed by award-winning Spanish architect Lazaro Rosa Violan and features a large tapas and wine bar in the centre of the restaurant.
Vast columns are lined with pretty Andalusian tiles while tapestry covered bar stools and hanging glass lanterns create a rustic yet chic Spanish vibe. By day, floor-to-ceiling windows flood the restaurant with natural light, illuminating the white marble counter top of the bar, while evenings are a cosy and intimate affair. The site is split over two levels: enjoy a drink at the bar in the more casual ground floor space while upstairs is perfect for more formal occasions.
The kitchen is headed up by Michelin starred executive chef Nacho Manzano, who grew up in northern Spain and has created a menu featuring plenty of authentic Spanish classics. Start with a selection of cured meats and artisan cheeses, from Sobrasada served with honey and toasted bread, slices of Cecina (air cured beef), a trio of chorizos or creamy hunks of Manchego cheese. Hefty legs of Jamon Iberico hang in the restaurant for diners to see, which is made from 100% pure-breed, black Iberian pig and hung for up to four years. Choose your ham (26, 36, or 42-month aged) and order it by the plateful.
Classic tapas plates include Spanish tortilla, pulpo, croquetas and patatas bravas, while the restaurant's own twist on tapas include options of roasted pumpkin with labneh, fried egg and sauteed ceps, twice-cooked lamb and ribeye with confit leeks. Paella (for two) is, of course, on the menu. Finish with the likes of churros and chocolate sauce or Spanish rice pudding from the list of sweets, or why not simply end with an evening tipple and choose from the extensive list of Spanish wines.