Chef Nacho Manzano will host a week-long pop-up in London (25 February to 3 March) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ibérica, the Spanish restaurant group for which he is executive chef. This is a unique opportunity to experience in the British capital the menu of his two Michelin-starred restaurant, Casa Marcial
Imagine taking a guided gastronomic tour of some of northern Spain’s most delectable dishes and fresh produce, with Nacho Manzano, one the country’s most respected chefs, without actually having to leave London. That is what is being offered by the Ibérica restaurant group from Monday 25 February; you will have a rare opportunity to enjoy Manzano’s cooking talents outside his home region of Asturias, in Spain.
Casa Marcial, his acclaimed two Michelin-starred restaurant, is set in a tiny village surrounded by dramatic mountains and not far from the Cantabrian Sea. The chef often cites the area and its abundance of fresh produce as an endless source of inspiration. However, if travelling to northern Spain isn’t among your most immediate plans, no problem.
You can enjoy Manzano’s creations during an exclusive week-long pop-up, sampling his modern interpretation of traditional Asturian cuisine and enjoying his innovative flavour combinations of seasonal ingredients, from the freshest sea urchins to superior grass-fed meat and nourishing vegetables.
On arrival, the guests will be treated to artisan regional cheeses paired with the finest Asturian cider, one of the gastronomic specialities of the region, which is traditionally poured from a great height and has to be drunk quickly, in one go.
The 12-course tasting menu will include some of Manzano’s signature dishes, such as his revered combination of enoki mushrooms, squid and soil ink, and his marinated seaweed served with barbecued squab, Kalamata olive emulsion, marsh herbs and briny cream. The menu also includes some of his seminal dishes, such as tortos (corn fritters) and croquettes. His creativity is extraordinary from starters to desserts ‒ a great example of which is his delicious celery panna cotta with fennel and apple.
The dishes are paired with an array of delectable Spanish drinks, from Asturian cider (options include traditionally dry Trabanco and sweet, smooth Avalon among others), to interesting wines by some of Spain’s most remarkable contemporary winemakers, such as Descendientes de J Palacios, as well, of course, as Asturian cider and sweet sherry with dessert.
The exclusive week-long pop-up will take place at Ibérica Canary Wharf on Monday 25 February and Tuesday 26 February. After that it will move to Ibérica Victoria for five nights, ending on Sunday 3 March.
Ibérica Canary Wharf, 12 Cabot Square, London E14 4QQ, +44 (0)20 3026 5118
Ibérica Victoria, 68 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6SQ, +44 (0)20 3026 5118