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Marylebone has quite the reputation for Spanish tapas – it’s the only Spanish restaurant in London that boasts both a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin guide and 2 rosettes from the AA guide. In November they opened a second outlet at Canary Wharf, so we thought it about time we found out just what all this fuss was about…

Located on Great Portland Street a stones throw from Radio One the restaurant/deli is well designed with cheese and joints of jamon on display, a dining bar for those wanting a quick bite and tables to enjoy a longer meal. When we visited Matthew Wright from The Wright Stuff was on the next table and we were impressed by the photographs of musicians lining the walls which are also for sale – we have a feeling if you hung out here every night you’d see a host of celebs come through the doors. They are obviously doing something wright (BOOM, BOOM!)

We tried a selection of tapas, highlights were the Traditional spanish omelette, which we were asked how we would like cooked. Served medium it was hard on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside – an absolute winner. Fried monkfish parcels were small chunks of morish meaty fish and the Iberica burger with secreto pork loin, served as two mini burgers were juicy, chunks of meat packed full of flavour.

The house wine red was a deep rich Rioja which was reasonably priced clocking in at under £20. For dessert we squeezed in the La tarta de la abuela which is Iberica’s take on the traditional chocolate, vanilla and biscuit cake. Served in a jam jar it was heavenly; creamy and crunchy we savoured every spoonful.

We couldn’t knock the food, the only thing we felt was missing was some help with the menu, as the dishes are in Spanish we would have liked some recommendations/explanations when ordering. That said if you’re looking for authentic Spanish tapas in London look no further – it might not be the cheapest tapas joint but it’s up there with the best. 

195 Great Portland St, W1W