Ham & Sherry・Ham & Sherr
Date of review: September 7, 2016 | Reviewed by: Melissa Lim
Jason Atherton’s Ham & Sherry on Ship Street is a sweet little escape to Spain from buzzing Ship Street and a cosy respite on this particularly rainy evening. It features beautifully rustic blue and white tiles on its interior and exterior, with seating divided into tables running along the sides and an aluminium bar where one can soak in all the action from the bustling kitchen. Due to its heavy turnover, eat up quickly and retreat to the Back Bar where you can while away the evening with an extensive range of tipples.
The menu focuses on smaller tapas dishes that can be ordered in abundance to share amongst a group. We begin with a board of Jamón Iberico de Bellota Extremadura which is always a hit – rich and succulent, we find ourselves battling it out for the final piece. The Jamón croquettas are delightful little clouds of whipped potato and savoury ham, and the octopus is tender, with the chilli, paprika and garlic the perfect compliment. The wild Hereford beef tartar is a touch over-salted for our liking and we find the beetroot delicious but served with raspberries and orange segments, loses its earthy, savoury personality. To finish, the finger-sized churros boast a perfectly sweet cinnamon crust and are certainly moreish dipped in molten chocolate sauce. The goat’s cheese cheesecake is always a favourite with its nutty pistachio topping and drizzle of honey.
There is an extensive list of Spanish wines with a generous variety offered by the glass. However, what would a visit to Ham & Sherry be without some sherry? The Los Arcos Dry Amontillado lives up to its description of toasted nuts, salt and sultanas, pairing well with the food.
Service is friendly but terribly rushed. We have to ask our server to give us a few more minutes at least five times. Considering it is a relatively slow night at the restaurant, with half the guests clearing out by 9pm, this level of haste is inordinately unwarranted.
A meal for two with a glass of wine each will come to about HK$800, which is great value. That being said, we didn’t order much, so a filling meal might set you back a touch more.