Saturday, July 16, 2005

Jamon Jamon

Tonight, we ate at Jamon Jamon in Camden Town. Jamon Jamon is something of a staple for us as we live so nearby. Luckily for us, it is not the sort of place you would only go if you lived across the street. Instead, Jamon Jamon offers delicious tapas, great sangria and a lot of atmosphere.

This evening, we were with Jamie's father and his wife. We ate early for Jamon Jamon, finishing at 9, just as the place was starting to fill up. Very authentically Spanish!

Jamie and I ordered for all of us, and had the Four Delicias Tabla, a mixture of Serrano ham, chorizo, salami and Manchego cheese; the Ensalada de Berenjenas y Pimientos (Aubergine and Pepper Salad); the Chorizo al Vino (Chorizo in Red Wine); the Chuletas de Cordero (Lamb Chops in Garlic); the Patatas Ali-Oli (Potatoes in Garlic Mayonnaise); and the Champinones al Ajillo (Mushrooms in Garlic). We do reek of garlic now, but my god was it ever worth it. The Chuletas are particularly great, not to be missed if you like lamb. The Tabla is a house speciality, although it needs to be eaten quickly as the ham has a tendency to dry out.

For dessert, the four of us split two items - one flan and one coconut ice cream. The flan is made in-house and has a great flavour and texture. The coconut ice cream comes in a coconut shell, and doesn't particularly do it for me. Jamie loves it though.

They make great coffee here, and have a selection of after-dinner liquors to top things off, just in case the sangria wasn't enough.

I really do love this place - the service is always friendly and efficient, the ambience is just right, and the food is fantastic.

For all four of us, the bill came to £70, including a large pitcher of sangria and service charge. Not bad, considering how good the food was, and how much we ate!