by Ben Curtis
¡Toma Jamon!, the name of this favourite in La Latina, means ‘Eat Ham’. And that is exactly what I do when I’m there, from the moment I get through the door, until the bottle of wine is finished and we head on elsewhere. Ask for the house Crianza, I think it’s Rioja, but who cares – it’s delicious, and in any case, we are here for the ham! A plate costs 12 Euros and comes with a large helping of thick, tomato and oil covered bread – it’s ridiculous value for stuff this good.
I was shocked on my last visit to discover that this is one of a chain of 5 other ¡Toma Jamon! bars – you would never guess, it feels like a run-of-the-mill Madrileño bar. In any case, I shall never set foot in any of the others. This one is tucked away on Calle Mediodía Grande (no. 6 – map), in the back streets of my favourite late-night Barrio, and, what’s more, Princess Leticia’s dad used to drink here…
(…before they stopped him drinking in public 😉 )