Tapas Españolas

From wintry beef and Pinot Noir last weekend to a taste of Spain this weekend, on Friday evening, as the sun was still shining, Luke and I decided to try the new branch of Iberica at Canary Wharf.

We’re both a bit addicted to Spanish tapas and while the menu at Iberica is a little on the pricey side, every plate we ordered was delicious. The usual suspects (patatas bravas, tortilla, manchego, cured meats and croquetas) didn’t disappoint, but three dishes stood out for us – the chorizo lollipops with pear alioli (pictured below) were juicy and salty with a crisp, light batter on the outside, the grilled prawns with chilli and garlic were plump and perfectly cooked, and the melt-in-the-mouth beef cheek was served generously with a rich Rioja gravy and creamy olive oil mash.

Some of the veggie dishes served to the couple on the table next to ours (a tactical eavesdrop told me that one was the tosta de asparagus) looked pretty tasty, but given Luke’s carnivorous streak, we mostly stuck with meat!

Alongside the tapas, we enjoyed a small aperitif (Spanish beer and fino sherry of course) followed by the Finca Constancia 2009. This wine was luxurious and smooth with vanilla notes typical of the Tempranillo grape. With spicy cherry flavours and the perfect level of acidity to cut through the textures and flavours of the food, this relatively reasonably priced (well at £23.90 it was one of the cheaper options on the menu) was the perfect easy-drinking Spanish red.

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