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    Iberica Leeds Review

    17a E Parade, Leeds LS1 2BH, UK
    Iberica Leeds Review
    5 Star Rating
    Tags: Leeds, UK, Tapas reviewsThe Bill: £73 per head

    Located in the heart of Leeds, Ibérica transports diners to the picturesque landscapes of Spain, combining exquisite cuisine with an ambiance that's nothing short of enchanting. Housed in the resplendent Hepper House, a 19th-century architectural gem with high ceilings and stunning chandeliers, Ibérica offers an exceptional dining experience. In the daytime, the restaurant is bathed in the gentle caress of natural light, thanks to the orangery-style ceiling that spans the entire length of the main dining room. However, as evening falls, the atmosphere transforms into an inviting tapestry of warm, golden hues emanating from the hanging chandeliers and lights, setting the stage for an unforgettable noche.

    The menu at Ibérica Leeds is a symphony of Spanish flavours, showcasing a deep reverence for the country's culinary traditions. As my partner and I settled into our seats, we perused the extensive offerings, our taste buds tingling with anticipation. To start our culinary journey, we opted for the Manchego, a timeless Spanish classic. This iconic sheep cheese, sourced from Castilla La Mancha, graced our palates with a rich, nutty flavour and a smooth, creamy texture. Its simple yet exquisite presentation spoke volumes about the dedication to quality that defines Ibérica's approach to food.

    In addition to the Manchego, we decided to indulge in the Jamon Serrano, a cured delight that had spent a generous 16 months developing its robust flavours. With every bite, the sheer intensity of taste was undeniable, delivering a powerful punch of savoury goodness that awakened our senses. The Jamon Serrano was a testament to the restaurant's unwavering dedication to authenticity.

    "Ibérica Leeds is more than a restaurant; it's a journey through the flavours and traditions of Spain, and a dining experience that will leave an indelible mark on your culinary memories."

    Our appetiser selection was completed by the Pulpo, a dish that combined grilled octopus, potatoes, smoked paprika, and ajada allioli. This delightful creation demonstrated the culinary prowess of the Ibérica kitchen. The octopus, tender and succulent, exuded a smoky aroma and a distinct charred flavour, beautifully complemented by the creamy ajada allioli. The dish was a perfect balance of textures and tastes, offering a delightful glimpse into the diverse Spanish cuisine.

    However, the highlight of our dining experience at Ibérica Leeds was undoubtedly the Seafood Paella for two. This showstopper showcased a bountiful assortment of prawns, squid, and langoustines, all harmoniously arranged traditional socarrat base. The aromas that wafted from this paella were nothing short of intoxicating, drawing us in with a promise of a seafood extravaganza. As we eagerly scooped into the dish, the flavours burst forth in a delicious medley of brininess and spice. The seafood was impeccably cooked, maintaining its natural tenderness, while the socarrat base was an epitome of culinary finesse, offering the delightful contrast of crispy and savoury. It was a dish to remember, one that transported us straight to the coastal regions of Spain.

    To accompany our exquisite meal, we chose a bottle of the 2019 Lalama, a red wine blend from Ribeira Sacra. The Lalama proved to be a wonderful pairing, with its dark fruit notes and hints of spice harmonising seamlessly with the flavours of our dishes. It was a wine that exemplified the restaurant's commitment to offering a well-curated selection to complement the cuisine.

    Regrettably, after our sumptuous feast, we found ourselves unable to explore the dessert offerings. However, the promise of indulging in Ibérica's sweet creations on a return visit lingered in our minds, a testament to the magnetic pull of this extraordinary dining experience. With an extensive menu of tantalising desserts, including classics like churros and flourless chocolate cake, it's clear that Ibérica promises a sweet ending to any meal.

    Ibérica Leeds is an embodiment of Spanish culinary excellence, and a dining destination that should not be missed. The restaurant's stunning 19th-century setting, with its natural light during the day and intimate, chandelier-lit ambiance by night, sets the stage for an exceptional experience. From the moment we tasted the exquisite Manchego and the powerful Jamon Serrano, to the unforgettable Seafood Paella, Ibérica's commitment to authenticity and quality was evident in every dish. The wine further enhanced our meal, showcasing the thoughtfully curated wine selection. Our only regret was not having enough room for dessert, but we left with the promise of returning to indulge in the sweet side of Spanish cuisine. Ibérica Leeds is more than a restaurant; it's a journey through the flavours and traditions of Spain, and a dining experience that will leave an indelible mark on your culinary memories.

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