Lifestyle writer Olivia Reed makes her After Nyne debut this week with her piece on Iberica Marylebone’s Great Chefs, Great Causes series.
I’ll start my first review for After Nyne by saying that when the assignment on Iberica Marylebone came through I jumped at the chance.
The first of the Iberica chain, which have all successfully managed to maintain authenticity and quality, the Marylebone branch has a subtle grandness to it, which nicely complements the relaxed atmosphere.
From the 8th June to the 23rd August Iberica are serving a menu bringing together collaborations between some of the world’s best chefs, entitled ‘Great Chefs, Great Causes’. Including Albert Adriá (world’s best pastry chef 2015), Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca (3 Michellin stars) and Eneko Arxa of Azurmendi (3 Michellin stars). Each week is dedicated to a chosen chef with profits going to their chosen charity. This menu has had my mouth watering for days and my dreams were answered when we got invited to come in and taste the whole menu and sample some of the new summer menu too.
This menu 100% met my expectations. It would be hard to catch me saying no to any of the dishes on this menu if I had the chance to try them again. Including several that would normally push me far out of my textural comfort zone but were curated with such flair that I did not even notice or care. In fact, my highlight of the menu is included in this, the oysters with cucumber & lychee pearls by Helen Rizzo and Daniel Redondo.
These oysters were refreshing and sweet, a far cry from anything I expected them to be. Similar originality with fantastic combination in flavours was seen in the Mango and black beer pudding, served on top of a crushed beer can by Juan Mari Arzak. If I had to pick my top three, the third would have to be the avocado toast with sea urchin, bone marrow salsa and cucumber. As my debut for eating both sea urchin and bone marrow, Iberica have definitely set the bar high for these ingredients.
The unifying theme between all these dishes was taking very traditional tapas ingredients and adding such a twist that it was something you’d never seen before. These ideas have been brilliantly realised and executed by the Iberica chefs.
This menu will be circulated at all of the Iberica branches. It is definitely worth visiting your nearest one as it is the perfect opportunity to try world class innovative tapas this summer for those of us who can’t just hop on the next plane to San Sebastian or Girona. The added bonus is it all goes to a good cause so you won’t be left feeling guilty if you end up trying more plates than you intended!
Iberica Marylebone|195 Great Portland Street|London|W1W 5PS
Monday – Saturday 11.30am – 11.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm