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Ibérica La Terraza, Canary Wharf, London: restaurant review

Read our review of Ibérica La Terraza, a stylish tapas restaurant located in Cabot Square, Canary Wharf. Headed up by executive chef Nacho Manzano, you can expect pinchos, cured meats, small plates and desserts. Be sure to try their bespoke cocktails and the Salmorejo Cordobés (a chilled tomato soup with quail egg and Iberico ham).

In a nutshell

A tapas restaurant with a seasonal menu including Spanish wines, sherries and cocktails.

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Who’s cooking?

Nacho Manzano is the three Michelin Starred executive Chef behind Ibérica La Terraza’s ever-evolving menu.


Menu know-how

The menu is divided into cured meats and cheeses, bocadillos (Spanish sourdough baguettes sandwiches), salads, pinchos, tapas, and desserts (from £2 to £20). While dishes are traditionally Spanish, chef Nacho Manzano has added his own touch to the menu’s strong suit – the bite-sized pinchos. Typically eaten in northern Spain, these ‘tapas’ are all ‘spiked’ with a skewer or a toothpick to a piece of bread.


Must-order dishes

Everything was exquisite – and all dishes showed incredible care, creativity, and beauty in their layout. Gambas al ajillo (prawns cooked in olive oil with garlic and cayenne pepper), escalivada, Cantabric anchovy & Idiazábal cheese (grilled vegetables served on a cracker topped with anchovy), and parsley & garlic bread with fried fresh squid are all unmissable. For meat lovers, the selection of cured meats platter is a treat to the eye and stomach. For dessert, the caramelized rice pudding foam with rhubarb jam and crumble is a delicate finish.


What we’re going back for

The drinks menu has an extensive selection of Spanish wines, sangrias (choose between white wine, red wine, Cava, and beer-based Sangria), and bespoke cocktails. Even though it’s quite pricey (the most expensive being £30 a jug), the Sangria is fruity and extremely well presented and served. But the real star of the drinks menu is the ‘La Terraza cocktail’, a gin-based drink with cranberries, lime, sugar, and cranberry juice – it’s worth every penny (£8.50).


What’s the room like?

Open yearly from April to October, this outdoor restaurant is a little green oasis amongst the bustling quarter that is Canary Wharf. Surrounded by trees and decorated by fairy lights, Ibérica La Terraza is a restaurant that’s gifted with a stunning space, perfect for those warm summer nights.


What’s the service like?

Quick, careful, and corteous. The service goes hand-in hand with the elegant, stylish atmosphere that reigns in the leafy open-air eatery.


Bullseye

Salmorejo cordobés, a chilled tomato soup served with quail egg and Ibérico ham, is the undeniable hero (and the cheapest choice!) of the tapas menu.

Written by Anna D’Alessio


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