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Jamón Over

May 04, 2015

Nowadays, Sanlitun is more saturated with Spanish restaurants than La Rambla has human statues, but there’s one Iberian stalwart that is still pulling in the punters. Beloved by the critics and oft packed to the rafters for its honest to goodness menu, Niajo has catered to local locavores (and a number of Latin American politicos, no less) for quite some time now.

Rustico interiors meld wood-grained floors and tables with exposed brick and the now-ubiquitous low-hanging Edison bulbs, which infuse the intimate space with just the right amount of incandescent warmth. Although let’s be honest, it’s not the decor you’re here for, but Valencian chef Alex Sanchez’ Spanish saucery...

Kick off the affair with a traddy spread of cold cuts, quesos, and tapas including garlic-chilli prawns and salted cod croquetas, then loosen your belt for mains running the gamut from thyme- and rosemary-infused suckling pig to grilled Boston lobster to sublimely socorrat-ed paella.

Accompany your meal with a robust Rioja, or why not go the whole Spanish stereotype with a jug of fruity sangria? Call ahead and Sanchez will even slip in a cinnamon stick to ‘spice things up a little’ – if you catch our drift. ¡Ay, caramba!

3/F / Nali Patio / 81 Sanlitun Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5208 6052 / lunch & dinner daily /