Last week Alvaro and I moved houses after 2.5 years. Our old housemate helped us (I think she was desperate to get rid of us) and after a full day of moving boxes, unpacking and organising we went for dinner with her new housemate.
And so three Peruvians, one Venezuelan and one Canadian landed on the newish Spanish/Latin American restaurant Ibérico on King St. Some of the staff is Latin American, and all of them (including the non-Spanish speakers) are very friendly and helpful.
We were provided a serve of complimentary buñuelos that unfortunately only one of us could eat due to its gluten content.
The menu is essentially divided into tapas (share plates) and raciones (main dishes).
The three tapas we shared were champiñones con jamón (button mushrooms, ham, garlic and chive butter, finished with cream), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns finished in butter) and pulpo a la Gallega (Galicia-style octopus and boiled potatoes). All of those were very tasty, I would definitely order them again.
Champiñones con jamón ($14)
Gambas al ajillo ($13)
Pulpo a la Gallega ($17)
On the starchy side, we had patacones (fried plantains) and papas criollas (Andean yellow potatoes), both served with guacamole. The guacamole wasn’t great and, IMO, a weird choice of dip for those sides. But the patacones and potatoes were good.
Papas criollas ($8)
The only main dish we ordered was cordero (lamb cutlets, garlic balsamic sauce, fresh rosemary, served with veggies – capsicum, carrots, etc.). Great dish.
There’s a two-option section in the menu dedicated to jamón (ham). From it we chose the tabla ibérica, which contains jamón serrano, ibérico cheese, morcilla (blood sausage), olives and sourdough. Fantastic nibble plate.
Tabla ibérica ($20)
Most of us were too full to order dessert. There are some gluten-free options, but all of them have dairy. Alvaro had a guanábana frappé as dessert.
FYI, there’s also a grill section in the menu with pasture-fed steaks. Guess I’ll have to go back.
169 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9267 5993