SquareMeal Review of
Ham brings a welcome dose of sophistication to West Hampstead – perhaps unsurprising given the pedigree of a head chef whose impressive CV includes a stint at The Ledbury. The place was packed on our weeknight visit with vacated tables being replaced immediately by new guests (a bar acts as a holding area) and while there’s a definite buzz to the small dining room, diners aren’t rushed – just as well when the food and friendly staff provide reason to linger.
Five starters and five mains make choosing easy and vegetarians do particularly well here with two options in each section. Mains impressed particularly; aged beef was cooked tenderly and served with an innovative-tasting black sesame and soy sauce, while roasted root vegetables with almond, pear and parsley was a well thought-out combination of ingredients. Chocolate tart and blood orange pudding wowed as a finale, a decadent delight of richness offset by the fruit sorbet and, like all of the food, eye-catchingly presented. An intelligently composed wine list is worthy of additional mention, while brunches, a kids’ menu and cakes at teatime are proving hits with the locals.
Ham is recommended for