There’s a new’ish place on the King’s Road for meat lovers. Or more specifically, jamon fans. It’s called Casa Manolo and recently I paid a long overdue visit with Gary from The Foodaholic. With both of us living locally, it was the obvious choice for our first catch-up since our original meeting. Plus it was the latest Chelsea opening, which we both had to check out.
Located halfway down the King’s Road, a few doors along from The Ivy Chelsea Garden and almost opposite Sydney street, Casa Manolo is a jamon and …
… and wine shop where you can also …
… pick up some cheese and wonderful anchovies as spotted by Gary. I can’t remember where they come from but if love anchovies (which I do), it’s worth stopping by to have a look.
As well as the store, there are also stools which you can perch on to order something from the menu. To start with, I ordered a glass of Rioja which was gorgeous. Deep in body and rich in flavour.
And whilst we waited for our food, we were served a black pudding-esque amuse-bouche which I surprisingly enjoyed.
For our starters, Gary and I had some bread with tomato sauce. Needless to say with such a description, I was enjoying the conversation too much to scribble down the precise names of each dish. Apologies.
We also chose some jamon. It’d be very very wrong not to. And along with the wine, this was exactly what I wanted from the evening. Something light but satisfying in every way.
Gary had ordered the prawns dish for his main. Admittedly these weren’t identical to the Twitter snapshot making its rounds as I learned. But I tasted the sauce which had a lot more depth than your average garlic butter. It had substance and I loved it.
Me? I ordered the duck leg because as soon as we sat down I saw a man enjoying his dish and I simply asked for ‘whatever he’s having’.
The menu here is very simple and authentic. For the time you are sitting down you do feel as if you’ve walked in off the streets of Madrid.
But it’s not just the setting, the food and wine that make this place authentic. Most of the staff are also from Madrid and a lot of their charm is that they are new to London too. This just adds to the feeling that you could easily be wining and dining in Spain.
Casa Manolo, 187 King’s Road, London SW3 5EB.