I’ve been looking forward to visiting The Iberian Pig for a long time. The modern Spanish restaurant is conveniently located on the Square in Downtown Decatur and exceeded my expectations of exceptional European cuisine and service.
The inside of the restaurant was packed and fairly noisy inside for a weekday night, but in a lively, energetic way. The decoration is a European style and intimately lit with woods and exposed brick near the bar area. Tables are close together and there is dining outside and upstairs as well. The ambiance is classy and casual, but I am certain that the main reason people come is to experience their incredible Spanish tapas and cured meats. It is a great place for a special date or a small group of friends to share tapas during an evening out.
The restaurant is focused on a specialized Spanish-style offering of mainly pork and ham cuisine. They offer some interesting entrees such as Cabrito Carbonara (slow roasted goat with chittara pasta) and Eggplant Rellenas (Eggplant dressed with goat cheese, caramelized onions and corn salsa). However, most come here for their wide array of Spanish tapas, which are small plates designed for sharing, packed with amazing flavors and textures.
We started off with Roasted Spanish Olives, Fall Salad and Jamon Iberico. I was excited to try the Jamon Iberico, which was unavailable in the U.S. until recently. The dish includes one ounce of ham from the famous black-footed Iberian pigs of Spain. It is one of the most prized cured meats in the world and comparable to the most exquisite food products in the world.
We enjoyed a number of mouthwatering tapas throughout the evening. Some of my favorites were the Clamares (Baked calamari, stuffed with grilled vegetables, Mahon cheese and tomato-basil sauce). The sauce was incredible, making this a very unique calamari experience. The Albondigas are wild boar sausage meatballs stuffed with piquillo peppers, Macedonian dates, and roasted tomatoes, finished with a pimenton crème and oyster mushrooms. Both were outstanding dishes.
Other tapas that we savored were the Croquettes de Pollo y Jamón (Grilled chicken, Jamon Serrano, manchego cheese, herb crème fraiche, quince-tomato conserva) and Pescado del dia (red fish, meyer lemon hollandaise, arugula rice grits, marinated wild mushrooms).
Overall, I have to say that our favorite was the Carne de Cerdo Cocas (Braised pork shoulder, fromage blanc, medjool dates, lavender honey, charred fennel, tomato, candied walnuts, parsley). Served like a small, thin pizza, it packed a multitude of flavors and was incredibly delicious.
They also have an extensive list of fine wines, cocktails along with an interesting mix of beer selections including Estrella Daura, Ommegang Three Philosopher’s 7 and 21st Amendment IPA 6, among others.
The Iberian Pig is located at121 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030. For more information, visit TheIberianPigAtl.com or call 404-371-8800.
– Barry Stepe
Marketing & Communications Manager
DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau