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Step into Ship Street’s Ham & Sherry and feel like your stepping into your next holiday. Blue and white tiled walls, oversized blackboards and a wraparound zinc bar give the restaurant an authentic Andalucían feel, you’ll just wish you had a sun-drenched villa to go home to afterwards instead of your Hong Kong apartment. The small metal tables are crammed together in a quintessentially European way — great for the atmosphere, but not so great for private conversations. Bag a table by the window and watch the foodies of Ship Street go by.
If you’re a fan of Spanish flavours and tapas-style food then Ham & Sherry might be your new favourite restaurant. Go with someone whose palate you trust as the best way to enjoy Atherton’s cuisine is with lots of small sharing plates. We started with a plate of Jambon Iberica de Belloto, which was succulent and flavourful — it’s best to eat it on its down without the distractions of bread or cheese. We followed this with naughty but very nice Jamon croquettas, and courgette flowers with goats cheese – they’re lightly fried and very moreish. For our main course we had gambas with chilli and garlic, which we enjoyed, but found quite hard to de-shell, and lamb pintxos with pickled garlic, which were wonderfully tender. But, surprisingly given the name of the restaurant, the highlight of the meal was the goats cheese, honey and pistachio cheesecake, which I remembered for days afterwards as a heady combination of sweet honey and salty goats cheese, which took me back to childhood holidays in southern Europe.
Although there are a number good European wines on the menu, you can’t come to a restaurant called Ham & Sherry without having a glass of sherry. If you don’t know your Fino from your Jerez, ask the staff for advice — they’re all sherry fans and happy to let you taste for free. The Lost Ship and Faraoen are both excellent choices.
Attentive without being overbearing, Ham & Sherry staff is knowledgeable and passionate about their products. We followed their recommendations for food and sherry and were delighted with all their choices. They did ask us to leave by 11.30pm but luckily for us night owls, their next-door bar stays open until 2am.
While undoubtedly more expensive than most meals in Spain, Ham & Sherry is reasonably priced for a restaurant in Hong Kong’s foodie mecca. A meal for two with four glasses of sherry came to HK$980