Now I won’t lie – I’m not at all fond of Spanish food – some of it’s okay – but bad experiences as a teenager led to an almost complete boycott (I’m not at all a boycotter by nature either – but that’s an entirely different story..) of Spanish cuisine. However, I found that Spanish bars, in England at least, generally do great cocktails (cocktails are ingrained in my soul – no boycotting and no dry January here). Absolutely no exception to this rule is the excellent Ibérica in Canary Wharf.
I don’t tend to go to Canary Wharf too much for an evening dinner, but when in passing, waiting for the boat and whatnot, then there are two bars that I will always visit. One of them is Browns down in West India Quay and the other one is Ibérica in Cabot Square. I always sit in Ibérica La Terraza – which is actually just across the street from the main Ibérica restaurant in Canada Square. Now it’s good to note that they often won’t serve full meals – instead serving tapas and pinchos.
The atmosphere in the evening is wonderful – the decor is simple but the stringed lights that hang from the trees make for a romantic atmosphere – especially with the skyscrapers glistening up in the sky. I recommend the Berry Cavarinha which is made with a decadent mix of Cava, blackberries, raspberries, lime, sugar & Chambord, though they also make a wicked Mojito. The Tapas is simple though tasty but the selection of cured meats and cheeses is simply divine – or at least much better than any other Spanish restaurants that I’ve visited in recent years.
In reality the restaurant, though good, is worth a visit due to the great atmosphere and location. If you visit Canary Wharf and are looking for a nice rest spot for a cocktail or two – this is a good choice.
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