Restaurant Review: Brunch at Ham & Sherry

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Ham & Sherry

Tapas and cava rule at this Spanish-style brunch in Wanchai

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Foodie  Foodie  on 4 Feb '17


One of our favourite Spanish spots in town, we’ve been talking up Ham & Sherry since its opening by British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton a few years back. We like the classic tapas, the Spanish charcuterie, the chilled, cosy ambience and the hidden late-night Back Bar. Now they’re serving up weekend à la carte brunch (12–3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), along with a free-flow option (cava and Estrella Galicia beer at $168 per person), so we headed over rápido to check out the new menu.


Tapas Brunch

The abbreviated brunch menu is divided into four sections (eggs, fish, meat and para picar – snacks). The crab tortilla ($138) was the most indulgent of the eggy dishes. While the Spanish omelette itself was well prepared, we couldn’t detect much crab flavour. The tortilla was doused with a bright orange uni sauce that added a touch of sweetness. The Scotch eggs ($88) fared much better for us. We loved the Spanish twist with the use of a spiced-up chorizo filling and zesty piquillo pepper sauce, and the crumbed coating was fried to golden perfection.


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Not as fresh as we had hoped, the gambas al ajillo, or garlic prawns ($98), had a slightly mealy texture and were lacking the garlicky, oily goodness that comes standard with this dish – so sadly there was no bread dunking for us this time around. However, the scallop carpaccio ($148) was a complete turnaround from the prawns. This dish was fresh, light and delicious – the citrus notes from the lime and swoosh of creamy avocado mousse were great complements.


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Moving on to the meatier section of the menu, the meatballs ($128) were dense, aromatic with herbs and, well, extremely meaty – they were fine, but we’ve had better (we also had to wait nearly 30 minutes for these little guys). The Ibérico pork and chorizo sliders ($168) were packed with flavour, but we found the price outrageous for two mini burgers. We would definitely recommend the ham croquettes ($58), much more reasonably priced and a quality version of this tapas favourite – you can’t go wrong with a well-made ham croquette, with its crisp shell giving way to a creamy, savoury filling.


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We ended our meal with a mound of finger-thin, crispy churros ($58). We love cinnamon, and Ham & Sherry’s churros had a healthy coating of this warming spice. These suckers were addictive, even without the accompanying chocolate sauce.


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Verdict

We enjoyed some dishes a lot more than others, and it’s easy to rack up a high brunch bill at Ham & Sherry as, by definition, tapas dishes are small, so it takes a lot to feel satiated. Saying that, it’s a fun alternative to the standard weekend buffets and egg- and pancake-centric brunches. Many diners seem to agree with us, though the brunch launched only a few weeks ago – by 1pm on the day of our visit, the tables and counter seating were filling up fast, so be sure to book in advance.


1–7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2555 0628




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