Iberico World Tapas
A trip to Nottingham! Given that this was a city with which I was entirely unfamiliar, I relied on some superficial Googling to work put where I should eat. It quickly became clear that Iberico World Tapas was well regarded.
Given I was dining towards the later part of the evening and I had guests in the shape of MJ and my brother Drew to consider, sharing plates sounded like a pretty good approach so I duly booked it. We turned up to a fairly lively Tuesday evening crowd at our appointed time.
The ‘world’ element of the tapas is in a fairly strong Japanese influence on what was otherwise a classic Spanish menu. It was good to see a prominent selection of sherry from which I sampled a pleasing amontillado.
After a quick collective perusal of the menu, I was placed in charge of the ordering which is usually a recipe for disaster.
We opened with snacks of toasted almonds and padron peppers, then followed with beef skewers, chorizo and roast cauliflower, venison osso bucco, seafood paella, and mushroom carpaccio. These were delivered in tapas style as and when they were ready.
The snacks were both smart and simple dishes. Padron peppers are one of those things of which I could eat about a hundredweight.
Next we had the skewers and chorizo. Both were good dishes with the skewers reflecting some of the Japanese influence.
The venison was a very pleasing dish with outstanding on the bone meat packed with meaty goodness.
The mushroom carpaccio was very elegant and the standout dish of the evening.
The paella packed a mountain of prawns, clams, mussels and squid, but the rice underneath was a little bland.
So overall, Iberico was a good choice for our needs. Everything we sampled was delivered to a pleasing standard but I’m not sure we hit upon a really killer dish. I’d happily return and continue the hunt as we had a smart and relaxed dining experience. Pop by next time you’re in town.
Blythe scores Iberico
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: MJ, Drew, Blythe
We ate: almonds, padron peppers, mushroom carpaccio, miso salmon, chorizo and cauliflower, onglet skewers, seafood paella, venison osso bucco
We drank: amontillado, lager, water, espresso
We wore: world tapas shirts
Total bill: £79.26
Address: High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN