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: The Drift, Bishopsgate

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Drift Bar near Liverpool Street Station.

The Drift is a lively bar and restaurant in the heart of the city, brimming with quirky collectables, hidden alcoves and a slight nautical vibe – in some corners the aquarium next door casts swimming shadows on the walls.

It has an open plan kitchen so you can see the chefs whipping up dishes from simple sharing boards and fries, to burgers and larger plates like roast rump of lamb with mint jus.

For us, the highlights on the menu were the scotch egg with piccalilli and the dessert cocktails.

The Drift is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late drinks. Innovative cocktails and a good selection of wines sit alongside the varied seasonal menu.

What? A bar serving food throughout the day a stones throw away from Liverpool Street Station.

Why Choose the Drift? A good place if you’re planning client or staff drinks and are looking for a lively and informal place with a touch of class. Mixology and cocktails are a key feature.

Cost: ££

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY