In a nutshell
A tapas restaurant with a seasonal menu including Spanish wines, sherries and cocktails.
Nacho Manzano is the three Michelin Starred executive Chef behind Ibérica La Terraza’s ever-evolving menu.
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.
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.
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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