Ibérica brings the very best in Spanish cuisine, wine and culture to the UK through their chain of London restaurants. Ibérica Victoria, the most recently opened restaurant in the Ibérica chain, showcases the true flavours of Spain in contemporary Iberian surroundings and offers gastronomic tapas from lunch until late evening amongst the relaxed and authentic atmosphere of a Spanish tapas bar.
Ibérica Victoria is situated on the ground floor of the Zig Zag Building, located just moments from Victoria train station. In addition to the main menu, there is a special bar menu, accompanied by refreshing cocktails and exclusive Spanish wines alongside a deli where you can buy exclusive packaged products for gifts or to enjoy at home.
Ibérica Victoria’s interiors are designed by internationally renowned architect Lázaro Rosa Violán of Contemporain Studios Barcelona creating a stunning restaurant with a cool Spanish air situated over two floors with a dedicated bar and beautiful terrace.
We were looking forward to experiencing the culinary passion and expertise of Ibérica’s Executive Head Chef Nacho Manzano, who has an impressive 3 Michelin stars to his name (2 from his celebrated restaurant Casa Marcial and a further star for La Salgar, in Asturias, Spain). With the help of group head chef César Garcia, Manzano creates menus which celebrate Spanish gastronomy and ensures only the highest quality ingredients imported from carefully selected Spanish producers are used at Ibérica.
We arrived at Ibérica Victoria to a buzzing atmosphere. The setting was romantic and made us feel like we had just stepped into a delightful Spanish bar. We began our evening with an aperitif.
The menu at Ibérica Victoria is authentic Spanish cuisine and the dishes all bring you the very best of the gastronomy from this European country.
We started with the Trío of Ibéricos. It was interesting to note that Ibérico ham is a rare and exclusive air-cured ham that comes from the Ibérico pig. The Ibérico pig is 100% pure breed & free range, feeding mostly on acorns from Holm Oak trees. You can certainly taste the difference in the quality of the ham.
The white tuna belly in escabeche sauce was flavoursome and vinegary with a tasty blend of herbs and spices.
We were presented with a beautiful selection of meat to start our gastronomic journey through the tastes of Spain.
The fresh fried squid came with alioli sauce. The squid was beautifully soft and the alioli sauce added to the depth of flavour.
Ibérica’s Serrano ham croquettes are a must to try. The soft centre just falls apart upon eating and the creamy ham flavour leaves the palate wanting for more.
Ibérica certainly gets it right with their take on octopus. The octopus is cooked to perfection and is complemented by potatoes and pimenton de la vera.
The creamy black rice is accompanied with squid and prawns. The rice is creamy and has a risotto-like texture.
Twice cooked lamb comes with marinated cherry tomatoes and red peppers. The tomatoes explode in the mouth with a sweet tangy sensation of flavours.
Chorizo lollipops bring the feeling of Spanish street food straight to your table. The strong powerful chorizo flavours are complimented by the sweet batter that encases the meat.
To end the meal, we tried Ibérica’s famous Gloria cheesecake made with parmesan and dried strawberries.
It was a sumptuous end to a delicious dinner and we couldn’t help but conclude that Ibérica Victoria is certainly a restaurant not to be missed.
68 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
020 3327 0200