Straddling the East and West as we do in Hong Kong, you like to think of yourself as a professional when it comes to celebrating a new year. A few weeks ago you tipsily toasted the start of the new Gregorian calendar year and now, as we slither towards the end of the Year of the Snake and canter into the Year of the Horse, you’ll just as merrily welcome the start of Chinese New Year later this month. Of course, the end of January will also be your cue to raise a glass to Tet in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea. And then before you know it, it’ll be April and you’ll be busy ringing in Songkran in Thailand, Thingyan in Myanmar and Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia…
Frankly it’s impossible to keep up. Which is why you’ve cunningly devised a calendar of your very own… A calendar based around what you’ll be filling your glass with when you toast each of the many anniversaries filling up your diary… Last year was the Year of the Gin (Origin and G&T opening within a couple of months of each other can only be attributed to Hong Kong’s collective thirst for the juniper juice). This year is…drumroll please… The Year of the Sherry. Yes, you heard right, sherry’s shrugging off its granny shawl for 2014, and will be filling up the glasses of all the most beautiful people around town. Of course Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and entrepeneur extroaordinaire Yenn Wong are ahead of the rest of us on this one, and have just unveiled the perfect spot to get your sherry fix… the very aptly named Ham & Sherry.
Set a few doors down from its elder brother, 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry looks perfectly at home on uber-cool Ship Street decked out in a patchwork of blue and white tiles and mirrored walls wrapped around a large stainless steel open kitchen. The menu is pretty Sherry heavy, with over fifty types to work your way through, complemented by a short but sweet selection of tapas to soak up all that fortified wine. If you feel slightly overwhelmed leafing through the weighty tome of Sherries, fear not, there’s a super helpful section which neatly guides you through the list. We figure finding your perfect Sherry is sort of like finding your prince, if at first you kiss a frog, try and try again, we guarantee Mr. Charming is just around the corner (ours is the super slinky La Cigarrera Manzanilla).
While there are just a handful of tapas dishes to nibble while you sip your Sherry, food definitely isn’t playing second fiddle here. Just think of Ham & Sherry’s menu as a carefully curated selection of Spain’s Greatest Hits. All the big boys are represented: Paella Arancini (chorizo-spiked balls of risotto heaven), jamon and goat cheese croquettes, salt and pepper baby squid and bright green fried Padron peppers. Oh, and did we mention the ham?! Sherry’s soulmate, the salty, buttery Jamon provides the perfect partner to your tipple. We can’t get enough of the 48 month-aged Jamon Iberico de Bellota, and the Chorizo and Lomo and pretty great too.
Sherry got you revved up and ready to party like it’s 1999? Maybe mention to your friendly waiter that you’d like to shake things up with a little something in the Back Bar… We’ve been sworn to secrecy so we’ll leave it at that, but rest assured you’ll leave a few hours later feeling like all your New Years have come at once…
Ham & Sherry
1-7 Ship Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852 2555 0628