Monday 23 December 2013

Now Open: Ham & Sherry sets anchor on Ship Street

Ham & Sherry, a sherry and jamón bar collaboration by entrepreneur Yenn Wong and British Chef Jason Atherton, the wining team behind 22 Ships, is now open on Ship Street.

The pair is working closely with the world’s leading sherry producers to offer over 50 varieties and styles – creating Asia’s largest sherry list. Guests can swirl and sip upon world-class favourites including Equipo Navazos, Osbourne and Co. and the Gonzalez Byass “Palmas Range”. The bar boasts sherries from the most famous of all, the elBulli cellar.

“Ham & Sherry brings the essence of Spanish culture to the table. With over 50 varieties and styles, we offer Asia’s largest sherry list, as well as the highest quality hams that Spain has to offer. In creating a traditional bodega - a meeting point and social establishment – our focus is on the friendly and relaxed vibe, where friends can hang out and chat over sherry and a tasty bite to eat,” says Atherton.

“Ham & Sherry is our statement that sherry is back in vogue,” says Wong. With a crisp and refreshing bang, Josef Murray, General Manager of both Ham & Sherry and 22 Ships, and the catalyst to Hong Kong’s growing sherry culture, is excited to explain the wide variety of tastes that sherry has to offer. Standing beside him is Neil Rivington from London’s celebrated La Bodega Negra and Soho House, who brings his cultured attitude and cocktails to the bar. Together they guide customers through their sherry experiences.

The menu, crafted by Jason Atherton and brought to the bar by Executive Chef Lee Westcott, is comprised of an On Board section featuring Spanish jamón, Para Picar of small sharing sized dishes, SaladsPan Con “On Toast” and Sweets. Guests can savour a range of specially aged Spanish ham including Jamón Iberico de Bellota aged 40-48 months (small $240, large $330), Iberico paleta aged 36 months (small $140, large $190) and Jamón De Teruel PDO aged 24 months (small $90, large $125). For those who fancy a bit of everything, the Chef Selection mixed board is the perfect option ($200). Like any traditional tapas bar, a selection of Para Picar allows guests to nibble on and share between them whilst enjoying their tipples. Dishes include the classic Padron peppers ($68), Paella arancini, chorizo and pepper puree ($68), Goats curd and jamón croquettes ($75) and Garlic fries with brava sauce ($68). Pan Con “On Toast” options include Seared beef, manchego and rocket ($98), Gambas, fennel and aioli ($118) and Sobrasada and fried quail egg($98). Dessert options include Crème Catalan, berries and crumbled hazelnuts ($48) and Warm chocolate mousse with candied orange($48).
The design pays homage to Spain’s flamboyant culture. Featuring vibrant Spanish-style tiling on its interior and exterior, Ham & Sherry has a spatial experience both inside and out. Designed by award-winning Shanghai-based architectural design practice Neri&Hu, the team has turned the 1,300 square foot space into a traditional Spanish bodega with a modern twist.

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