When asked what my favourite thing to eat out is, I’m always strike by the enormity of the question. All those cuisines, all the different cultures available to experience and I have to choose just one? I tend to deliberate but eventually the choice is.... Tapas.
I love tapas because there are so many chances to try different things. I’m adventurous with food, but I can get overwhelmed with certain cuisines, not wanting to pick something that I can’t eat or may be disappointed with. Tapas cures that concern and offers you bursts of flavour and textures in small quantities, satisfying all sorts of food cravings in one meal.
And Iberica is one of my favourites. Right round the corner from my office, its great local tapas bar for lunch meetings and Friday indulgences, and I love how their tapas selection is more than your average chorizo and cheese of some of the more mainstream places.
Serrano Ham Croquettes.
When I was small we used to holiday with my grandparents in Portugal, and my favourite thing to do was to cross the border to a small Spanish town called Ayamonte and sit in a tapas place with little tables that backed onto a large church. We would sit for hours as he drank his beer and we ate these delicious little ham and cheese croquettes, and when we tired of grown up talk we would run up and down the beautiful steps of the old church.
Crispy confit of Suckling Pig with Apple Puree
This is so delicious. The belly pork is tender and light and contrasts against the crack of the paper thin skin. The apple puree adds a sharpness, and every time we go we order this. It’s the showstopper by a mile.
Fried chorizo Lollipops with Pear Alioli Sauce
One of the more unusual items on the menu, and also one of my favourites. The pear in the alioli is subtle, and the lollipops have just the right amount of batter round them. They’re a crowd pleaser and a constant reorder.
Where is your favourite tapas place or dish? Give me recommendations!