To say that jamón is a staple in the Spanish diet would be a massive understatement. A jamón sandwich is the unofficial snack of Spanish football fans across the country, full legs of jamón are commonly given as corporate Christmas gifts, and the ability to properly cut thin slices of jamón from the leg earns you a lifetime of bragging rights.
So when a restaurant opens specializing in sandwiches made with freshly baked, artisanal bread and some of the finest jamón iberico de bellota around, it’s a safe bet that they will have a fair share of the local business, without much additional effort. Add to that a couple of sandwiches made with other fine Spanish charcuterie, a chic and bright interior space with rustic touches, reasonable pricing, plus champagne and other bubbly beverages, and you’ll wind up with people falling out of your doors, or at least that’s the case at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán.
The seating at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán is arranged around high-top tables and bar space, recalling the setup at a classic spanish tavern, but that’s where the similarities end. Every aesthetic detail in the space has been carefully chosen, take one look at the quirky menu, and you’ll understand. The sandwiches are accompanied be cheeky representations of their namesakes, injecting a bit of extra personality and, combined with the variance in ingredients that differentiate the jamón sandwiches from one another, giving bit of insight into Spain’s regional idiosyncrasies.
The preferred drink at this sandwich bar, as its name suggests, is Champagne. The wine list at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán was curated by one of Madrid’s most prestigious Sommeliers, so whatever you choose to drink, it’s sure to be good. Champagne’s Catalan cousin, cava, makes an appearance on the beverage menu, as well as a selection of wines by the glass, all of which are crianzas. The only complaint we have about what’s on offer here is that the cavas, as is often the case, feel a bit underrepresented.
Eating at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán, whether it be for a quick snack or a full meal, manages to feel both casual and glamorous at the same time. The jamón sandwich, one of Spain’s most simple indulgences, is elevated to near-cult-status here and, paired with some bubbly, it has become an indulgence that Madrileños and visitors alike are happy to shell out for.
What to Order
All of the sandwiches are great, especially because a sandwich always tastes better when someone else makes it for you, but our favorites follow:
- Antoñito – jamón with cured manchego cheese, a classic combo
- Lomito – another classic combo, served on Andalusian-style mollete bread with cured Ibérico pork loin, crushed tomato and extra virgin olive oil
- Perrito Español – for something different, butifarra sausage from Perol, crushed tomato and mustard
- On the side: a glass of refreshing gazpacho or salmorejo
- For dessert: Strawberries stewed with balsamic and mint
- To drink: a glass of the house cava