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Now Open: Iberica Is Bondi's New Spanish Tapas Wine Bar From the Team Behind Ikaria

Be transported to the Mediterranean coast.
By Marley Ng
September 22, 2023
By Marley Ng
September 22, 2023

Just in time for summer, a new tapas wine bar has landed in Bondi. Iberica takes inspiration from small Spanish towns along the stunning Balearic coast, so it's no wonder that the restaurant has chosen Sydney's most iconic beach as its home.

Interior of Iberica restaurant.

The venue is helmed by Managing Director Joaquin Saez (previously at Cho Cho San, Fratelli Paradiso and Alberto's Lounge), who also opened the popular Mediterranean eatery Ikaria Bondi. "Iberica is a labour of love, a culmination of years of expertise and passion for creating unforgettable dining experiences," says Saez.

Joining him is Executive Chef Ivan Sanchez, who brings 15 years of experience in Spanish cuisine, including stints at Porteño and Bastardo. Head of Bar Carlo Valdivia, who formerly worked at Porteño, Continental Deli, Bar & Bistro and Sokyo, is in charge of curating the Spanish-heavy wine list and creative cocktail menu.

Photo of an old-fashioned cocktail at Iberica.

The menu focuses on supporting local suppliers and showcasing their produce. Start off with house-made bread served with a truffle butter candle, salted cod croquettes with duck mayonnaise, anchovy and boqueron toast with sobrasada and tomato and grilled octopus with smoked potato cream and paprika. Bigger plates include charred market fish, seafood paella, charcoal-grilled sirloin with a Spanish grape reduction and a charcoal-grilled spatchcock with a corn reduction. Finish off with a caramel flan with manchego cheese, churros with dulce de leche ice cream or a refreshing grape sorbet.

Photo of seafood paella at Iberica.

Located at 251 Bondi Road, Bondi, Iberica is now open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm and for dinner on Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm to midnight.

Find out more and make a booking at Iberica's website.

Published on September 22, 2023 by Marley Ng
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