Sunday 21 July 2013

Neon Jamon, Liverpool

Lately Mr Nom and I have been craving tapas; possibly due to the hot weather having an effect on our appetites. Little small plates are probably the way to go during this hot summer! Mr Nom mentioned Neon Jamon to me a while back but we had never found the chance to go. Finally we went there for lunch recently, and with such a good lunch deal on the weekdays, 2 tapas for £6, it is hard to resist!

Situated on Smithdown Place a couple of doors from Spire there is ample parking on the many side streets.  We were the only table when we arrived just after three in the afternoon but the place soon filled up after we were seated.  The service was efficient and with a smile which gives it extra marks.

We ordered Trevelez Jamon which came with miniature breadsticks.

Veal hamburgers which were cute mini-sized burgers. They were a lovely little nibble with a green peppercorn sauce which was creamy and gave the burger some flavour and kept the burger moist.

Pintxo Moruno, pork skewers with a sweet and spicy sauce. I was not a fan of these because it was quite tough for me to bite into.

The pulpo dish was lovely, I have been craving for some octopus for a while and these were perfect. Chunky pieces of octopus meat with sweet peppers, and balanced out with lemon oil.  A very nice cold summer dish and very addictive.

One of Mr Nom’s favourite starters is squid so we ordered the Malaga style little squids were deep fried and came with lemon aioli. Whenever he sees deep fried squid on the menu, I swear he always ends up ordering it.

Straw fries and eggs came with two runny eggs, perfect to dip the matchstick-sized fries into.

Galician clams cooked with Jamon, garlic, fino sherry and herbs was my favourite dish. The clams were big and juicy, the sauce was flavoursome.

The Iberico pork loin was stuffed with fig, almonds and Manchego, served on caramelised orange honey. It was an appetising dish with interesting flavours and textures.

Without a doubt, Neon Jamon is a restaurant I would visit again, great for casual dining and if anywhere offers a better lunchtime deal then I'm yet to find it, eight tapas with drinks was a shade under £30 with the lunch deal.  There are quite a few more dishes that I want to try next time!

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