Ibérica Food and Culture of Great Portland Street is branching out with a second location at 10 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf this autumn continuing the ethos of the original as an outpost of Spanish culture in the capital.
Executive Chef, Nacho Manzano of the two Michelin starred Casa Marcial in Asturias, together with protégé, Cesar Garcia, will serve authentic yet contemporary gastronomic tapas. Classic Spanish favourites such as Jamon Iberico – from three different regions or Fabada, alongside signature dishes such as Manzano’s Iberica Burger with Secreto Pork Loin & Piparras Peppers and Fried Chorizo Lollypops with Pear Alioli & Fried Monkfish “Pixin” in Olive Oil with Lemon.
The interiors will be designed by Lazaro Rosa Violan from the Barcelona based, Contemporain Studio with the design and lighting concepts working alongside the ambiance and food. The feel is that of a converted warehouse with high ceilings, plush leather seating, textured wood, painted Spanish floor tiles, exposed brick walls and a kitchen visible from the main dining room. An outdoor terrace for 120 is set to open next spring.
Like the West End restaurant, the drinks list will include a range of beers and boutique wines that are only available in the UK through Ibérica Food and Culture and have not previously been exported outside Spain plus a range of Spanish cocktails including Valencian speciality, Agua de Valencia.
However, a new innovation for Canary Wharf will be the Wine Custody Service, where patrons will be able to lease their own personal space in the restaurant’s extensive cellar and have the opportunity to purchase exclusive vintages from some of Spain’s finest wine producers. Just try not to drink them all at once…