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Iberico Spanish Bistro

909 Prospect St., Ste. 290 (Fay Ave.) Send to Phone
Spanish tapas in a colorful, artistic bistro enlivens La Jolla.
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Iberico Spanish Bistro Restaurant Review

: The first thing about Iberico that strikes a chord is its artistic setting: cowhide booths, hand-painted chairs and green chandeliers. Matador hats and blue glass pop out from the back wall, while Alfredo Libre’s colorful Spanish flamenco dancer mural lends even more charm to the stylish room. The bistro’s atmosphere is both playful and avant-garde, as is the extensive Spanish tapas menu. Chef Luis Cardenas Luna offers a wide range of compelling dishes from seafood and paella to flatbreads and croquettes. First things first, order a refreshing sangría while relaxing on the umbrella-dotted patio overlooking Prospect Street. Then share the fresh black mussels with Spanish chorizo or the jamón Serrano flatbread, with Spanish cured sheep’s cheese and Serrano ham that play nicely with the slightly bitter notes of arugula. Other tapas of note include the patatas la riojana cambrai (crispy potatoes, Spanish chorizo and roasted peppers); and the gambas al ajillo (shrimp sautéed with garlic and peppers). For entrées, try the red wine-braised oxtail and chef’s paella mixta --- a dizzying display of seafood, Spanish sausages and seasonal organic vegetables over saffron bomba rice. For dessert, order the crema Catalana, a flambéed caramelized vanilla bean custard.

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