Review: Ibérica, Manchester

Ibérica Spinningfields, Manchester

Out Of Office Magazine visits Ibérica, a Spanish metropolis in Manchester’s Spinningfields

Who doesn’t like tapas? A small selection of tasty plates accompanied by great wine (or cocktails) enables you to try a great variety of dishes. And, if the restaurant is happy to take you on guided tour through their best cuisine – as our fantastic waitress at Ibérica was – it gives you all the more time to enjoy chatting with your guests.

We certainly felt safe in our waitress’ care as she brought us a selection of the restaurants’ top dishes. Our Ibérica journey started modestly with manzanilla olives and toasted bread with tomato washed down with a gin cocktail. The croquettes, mini secreto pork loin burgers, chorizo lollipops and Galician octopus were all delicious. The red berry gazpacho provided a palette cleanse but not much else.

All of us were in agreement that the pluma Iberian pork loin was the main event – the meat had a sweet nuttiness, was delicate and so tender it barely needed chewing. (My guests were carnivores but there are a reasonable number of options for vegetarians too.)

On to dessert and after grazing at a leisurely pace (which is great to combat over eating) we actually felt rather full. So, we opted for a liquid treat in the form of the Happy Ending, which consisted of Amaretto, midori, cream and cinnamon.

Where? Ibérica is centrally located; walking it’s around eight minutes from Salford Central and 16 from Manchester Victoria. The area, Spinningfields, is between Deansgate and the River Irwell, and was developed in the late 2000s – Iberica itself opened in 2015.

One of my guests went to Manchester Metropolitan University and was pleasantly surprised by how “fresh and new” the area looked, and by how much it had changed since she studied there years ago.

Ambience? Ibérica’s decor is in keeping with the crisp feel of its location. Leather seats, shutters, tiles, high ceilings and claret tassels give it a Spanish feel with a modern edge.

Should we go? Yes. We would certainly recommend trying it and taking a good few guests along to justify ordering more dishes!

Cost: ££

The Avenue, Manchester, M3 3HF
0161 358 1350
http://www.ibericarestaurants.com

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Review: Brew Café, Wandsworth

Brew - Turkish Pide

Laura Hinton reviews Brew Café, a hidden gem in Wandsworth 

Drawing on its owner’s Australian roots, Brew Café, renowned for its brunch, signature egg dishes and blackboard lunch and dinner menus, has a bustling atmosphere and an incredibly varied menu.

The café has also developed the genius concept that is Brinner – breakfast all day and night. And it’s the kind of place where you can tell the ingredients that are very important.

To start, we shared the polenta chips with aioli as well as the incredibly moreish smoked potato and bacon croquettes. Both servings were huge and came with tasty dipping sauces, which were rich and full of flavour.

The classic seafood paella main, with prawns, chorizo and octopus was seasoned perfectly, while the hot chocolate and hazelnut brownie dessert was the icing on the cake to a fabulous evening.

What? A trendy café with a varied menu that works anytime of the day. 

Why choose Brew Café? It’s a great place for networking over a coffee or a mid week treat with friends or colleagues. 

45 Northcote Rd, London SW11 1NJ