Prepare yourself for one of the best tapas meals ever. I know, bold claims, but it’s true. When I popped down to Nottingham on my visit a couple of weeks ago we went out for a meal and cocktails. Wanting to try something, we settled on Bar Iberico in Hockley. They didn’t take bookings but because we really fancied tapas and wanted to try it out we risked it and turned up at 7.30pm on a Friday. There was no issue, we were straight in and there were plenty of tables free downstairs (however I would say by 8pm it was pretty full). The place itself was really cool. Lots of wood which made it feel cosy and at times it did feel like you could be eating delicious tapas abroad.
There was plenty to choose from on the menu without it being overwhelming. There were three of us there and we got eight dishes in total, which worked out great for us. We pretty much all of the dishes, the only thing we left a lot of was the patatas fritas (we ordered two portions, we only really needed one). We went for:
Patatas fritas – two portions
Garlic and onion tortilla
First up, I didn’t touch the cheese board but that’s because I don’t like raw cheese (as in cheese that isn’t cooked and on like a pizza or something). Everything else I dabbled in and it was ALL delicious. My favourite were the sweetcorn fritters, they were sweet and crispy, a winning combination. The chorizo was also great. Lots of chunky pieces that were filled with the usual delicious chorizo flavour and they weren’t at all chewy. Portion size wise there’s plenty to go around. The crispy chicken was a perfect example of this – it was never ending! But because they were in smallish bowls we weren’t over faced. Speaking of the crispy chicken that was amazing. Sticky and sweet but SUPER crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. I can’t describe how good all of this was. I’m sure my friends agree with me, everything was delish.
Seriously if you’re ever in Nottingham and fancy an amazing meal out, give this a go. Chilled atmosphere, buzzing vibes and delicious food. Win win win.
I’m heading off to Edinburgh in a couple of months, if anyone has any food recommendations of where to go please let me know!