All being well, Ibérica will open the doors to its first Scottish restaurant on St Vincent Street in exactly one week.
Currently in the soft opening phase of development, the casual dining restaurant will focus on food from the Asturias region in the North West of Spain.
The Glasgow venue, which will seat 113 (including 37 at the bar and a private dining space for ten), sits on the corner of St Vincent Street and Hope Street.
At one time a Royal Bank of Scotland, it has been refurbished by Spanish designer, Lazaro Rosa Violan.
The Glasgow restaurant’s design emphasises the Celtic heritage shared by northern Spain and Scotland, and includes a set of Asturian bagpipes.
Diners can look forward to hand-carved hams, rare cheeses and an extensive range of beers, wines, sherries and ciders from some of Spain’s finest artisan producers.
A bar menu will feature bocadillos (sandwiches) and pinchos (small portions), plus there will be a set lunch and an a la carte dinner menu featuring tapas, grilled meats and fish. The menus have been designed by the Michelin-starred Executive Head Chef Nacho Manzano.
Authentic and affordable
Speaking about the opening, Marcos Fernandez, Ibérica’s MD said:
‘With so many similarities between the north of Spain and Scotland, we’ve been very keen to connect with our Celtic roots and open a restaurant in Glasgow. We’re aware that there is a lively restaurant scene in the city and the people are always keen to try something new. We’re sure the authentic, high-quality yet affordable dining experience we can offer at Ibérica will definitely be of interest.’
Edinburgh branch in pipeline
This is Ibérica’s eighth restaurant in the UK. The first opened in Marylebone in 2008. This is the first Scottish Ibérica with an Edinburgh restaurant planned for 2017.