The menu items at House Iberia are like the scribbled notes from a travel diary and an eating expedition of Spain. All it took was a three-month visit to the Iberian Peninsula for owner Rosie Mahoney to fall in love with Spanish cuisine and its no-frills, all fresh pinchos.
Whether you live in the area or you’re passing through, there’s nothing like it in the surrounding suburbs. Reverence Specialty Coffee’s is on offer, as is a selection of cured meats, cheese and pickles to take home. The menu is a blend of all-day breakfast and lunch options, featuring omelette with a potato and kale confit; a Manchego cheeseburger; and traditional paella with seafood of the day. Otherwise, you can settle in for a selection of tapas and pinchos, including croquettes, lamb ribs, grilled tiger prawns and of course, 15-month jamon Serrano.
Cured meats are from within the region and cheeses have been selected from local producers in Timboon, as well as imported from Spain, Italy and France. You can also get your hands on some traditional dry goods including Italian pasta and paella and House Iberia’s in-house spiced granola.
The cafe has a country rustic feel, with terracotta flooring, recycled-timber fittings and furniture, bench seats with blue cushioning and hanging pots. In the centre of the shop is a large cabinet stocked with sandwiches and salads and jars of pickles, olives, chutneys and homemade relish.