Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: G/F., 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai 灣仔船街1-7號地下

Telephone: 2555 0628

https://www.hamandsherry.hk/

Following the success of their hip tapas bar 22 Ships (see my review here), celebrity chef Jason Atherton and co-owner Yenn Wong, founder of JIA Boutique Hotels group, have captivated the city once more with their new restaurant and bar Ham & Sherry. This second venture was originally intended to serve as a waiting place for the no-booking 22 ships, but its wide collection of sherries and delicious tapas have generated immense interest.

The decor of the restaurant is authentically Spanish, with blue and white tiles lining the walls and wooden furniture imbuing the space with a homely Catalonian vibe. The space may at times be noisy, but the service was helpful and attentive and the ambience was always lively.

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(1) We started off with the salt & pepper ‘chipirones’ with squid ink aioli ($68), and these were crunchy, flavourful and moreish.

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(2) We enjoyed the Jamón platter, which consisted of 48 months, 36 months and 24 months aged ham. The taste of the ham was fine and pristine and we also liked the fact that we were able to compare the three types of cured ham.

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(3) The crispy garlic and chilli prawns ($98) were crispy and completely addictive.

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(4) The boiled clams were smooth and puffy, and I also enjoyed eating the white beans which soaked up all the clams’ flavours.

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(5) The paella chicken & mushrooms ($138) was flavourful and tasty, and I particularly enjoyed eating the juicy chicken, but the massive piece of grilled mushroom was a tad rubbery in texture.

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(6) The grilled pork neck was impressive – the meat was lean and tender, and the spicy dipping sauce, which had a beautiful blend of herbal flavours, was simply unforgettable.

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(7) For desserts, the Catalan cream was airy and fabulously smooth, and the tartness of the berries offered a delightful contrast with the sensuous cream.

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(8) The orange chocolate mousse was utterly enjoyable too – the cocoa flavour was deep and lasting, and the oranges offered a complementary bright, citrus note.

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(9) There is a comprehensive list of sherries in store, and we ordered a bottle which was light and went terrifically with our meal.

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Perhaps the most unforgettable part of our meal was that we discovered the secret bar within Ham & Sherry – no photos were allowed at all, so the big giveaway I can share is that the entrance of the secret bar is right down this alley! Please go explore yourself and have a blast!

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