I’m a huge fan of Spanish Tapas. I love how you can try a bit of everything from the menu. A massive bonus for anyone, like myself, who wishes they could order everything from said menu. I also love how it’s so social. It’s great way to spend an evening with friends. Considering all of this, I don’t go as often as I should. There’s always some other instagrammable restaurant or food to check out. Which is probably why it took me so long to try Iberica Victoria. I had wanted to try it for a very long time. Ever since friends had recommended it. So, one evening on a whim, myself and a friend went along.
We sat outside, even though Iberica Victoria, is close to the main road. It’s tucked away enough, for the noise of the traffic, to be mere background buzz. We also sat outside because I had brought the dogs along, and they don’t allow dogs inside. The staff loved them though. Which is always a bonus.
Talking about the staff, our server was brilliant. She gave us good advice on dishes to order. She quickly picked up on the fact that I prefer sweet cocktails. And suggested one which was brilliant. All round the service was top notch. Food was hot, served at nice intervals, and we didn’t feel rushed at any point.
Now let’s talk about the food…
Iberica Victoria Croquetas
According to Iberica Victoria the Croquetas is their signature tapas and you know what? I agree! The delicious melted cheese and ham combination with breadcrumbs, just melted in my mouth. It was by far the best thing we tried. I could have order more and just ate them all night.
Iberica Victoria Patatas Bravas
As a fan of potatoes, I love them in every form, from mashed, fried, roasted or boiled. I can’t get enough. Which is why I usually love Patatas Bravas. But these tasted like those cheap, frozen cube potatoes you get from catering companies, on mass. If I were you. I’d pass on these, and try something else, or double up on different tapas.
Iberica Victoria Gambas
Prawns in garlic and cayenne pepper are always going to be a win. These were no different. The prawns were nicely cooked. The garlic wasn’t too strong and there was a nice hint of heat from the cayenne. I feel like they could of added more prawns. As there was a lot of sauce!
Iberica Victoria Albondigas
Oh hello meatballs! These were my second favourite tapas of the evening. The meatballs were so tender that they felt like the melted in my mouth. (insert a load of innuendos here) Surprisingly, the potatoes were so much nicer in this dish, than the patatas bravas. One to order 2 servings of? I think so!
Iberica Victoria Padrones
This dish wasn’t for me. I tried one and let my friend finish them off. My friend loved them. So it wasn’t a bad dish. It just wasn’t to my taste. If you like a combination of spice and salt. Then you should give it a try. Especially as there’s not a lot of veggies on offer here.
Iberica Victoria Calamores
I know Calamari is not for everyone. I always gets a mixed reaction whenever I post a picture of them on Instagram. I am a massive fan of it and I’m a massive fan of these ones. These lightly fried baby squid, were well cooked, crispy and the alioli was delicious. If you love Calamari, order these, you won’t be disappointed.
Iberica Victoria Wine List and Cocktails
I didn’t really want to drink as I had been walking around all day. So, I went for a gin cocktail. After a brief discussion with my friend, which the server overheard, she suggested a light, refreshing and sweet cocktail. It was called Puerto de Indias. I’m not sure which gin was used. But it was pink and fruity, and served with strawberries and lemon. A great combination. If I were drinking more. I would have ordered a second.
My friend ordered a red wine. Which I sipped. I don’t recall the name of it. I think it was what they suggested as a house red. It was light in alcohol, fruity and had soft tannin. I would say it was very similar to a Cote Du Rhone.
Unfortunately, I didn’t try the desserts. Which is surprising for me. But as I had already had a Milk Train that day. I really didn’t fancy anything else sweet. When I go back, which I will, I’m certainly going to try some. Looking at the menu, I would try the Churros, as they say it’s one of their classics. And I’m always up for trying a classic!
If you are around the London Victoria area, you should head over, and give it a try. Don’t forget to check out their menu in advance.
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I’m Heather, Hetty is a nickname, given to me by my besties daughter. I’m a Social Media Recruiter by day and a foodie by night, weekend and any time i’m not working. My main hobby is searching London for food I find on the Internet.