Iberico ham from Bilbao
Bilbao’s card says it is a restaurant, gastrobar & delicatessen featuring the cuisines of Spain. I chanced upon Bilbao on show at the Isetan on Scotts supermarket. Seemed strange to see Spanish produce in the middle of a Japanese supermarket, but who cares when you see a leg of Iberico ham being sliced for a customer ?
If you’ve read my blog regularly, you’ll know that Iberico ham is one of my favourite foods. Nothing quite beats the intense sweet and salty flavour of this ham. If it appears on a menu, you’re pretty much guaranteed it will be ordered by me. I have only ever seen Iberico ham on offer to the lowly commoner in Burrough Markets in London, so to see it in sale in a supermarket, not sliced by machine and vacuum-packed, but hand sliced (skillfully thin as well, I might add), I was absolutely thrilled. All other plans for dinner (I think I was planning to roast a chicken) flew out the window.
100g of the ham in my basket, I wandered over to look at the other offerings from Bilbao. I chose the Spanish pork sausage, which wasn’t anything too dissimilar to the bratwurst sausage you can buy from the supermarket (but which we love) and a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine – the Spanish equivalent of Italian prosecco.
What was left of the Spanish pork sausage before I remembered to take a photo
The sausages were served simply grilled with various mustards and tomato sauce and home-made coleslaw. I made the coleslaw with extra onions to cut through the richness of the sausages, and the sparkling wine was crisp and dry, which also complemented the salty dinner we had.
We were so excited I forgot to take a picture of the sausages before we ate ! Looking forward to visiting the restaurant and the deli to check out the other goodies Bilbao has to offer.
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