In a city where it’s all too easy to blend in sporting one of Tatty Divine’s fabulous shark necklaces or wearing a pair of Irregular Choice’s ice cream sundae high heels, you might think that it’d be tough to turn heads in London, England, but you’d be dead wrong. We stumbled upon Viandas De Salamanca in London simply because we saw every other head swivel toward the shop’s front window as locals and tourists alike passed. There were men on their evening exercise bike route, women with small dogs, people speaking foreign languages and every single one of them was drawn to Viandas De Salamanca like a moth to a flame.
At first we though it might just be that folks were looking at the 100 percent Ibérian acorn full ham legs hanging from the rafters, but then we saw the cones.
These fantastic little vessels enabled hungry humans to hold ham in their hands without creating a greasy mess. Meat cones permit you to gorge on Viandas De Salamanca’s pure pork with no need for a bowl or a fork. It’s a genius idea not only because you get to indulge in Viandas De Salamanca’s bite sized goodness, but because it also provides the shop with a way to sell the leftover bits of shaved meat without letting them to go to waste. We’re not going to lie, if cured ham falls on the floor, the five second rule is totally in full effect hence the reason we probably couldn’t (wo)man the counter at Viandas De Salamanca.
The cones at Viandas De Salamanca come in a variety of options. There are chorizo cones, cured sheep cheese cones, mixed cones, salami cones and of course the afore mentioned jamón cones. They also sell pork rinds, full legs of ham and other meat products.
We love pigging out on dishes like Pig & A Jelly Jar’s Creole pork belly Benedict in Salt Lake City, Utah and cramming Psycho Donut’s Canadian morning squeal meal donut into our pie hole when we find ourselves back home in the Bay Area, but we have to say the pure simplicity of Viandas De Salamanca’s meat cones are worth squealing over too. Whether you’re a meat lover who’s popping in for your jamón fix or a non-meat eater who wants to taste test some of Viandas De Salamanca’s raw milk cheeses made at their organic farm in the Duero Valley, we wish you the best of luck not drooling all over the front window. It turns out that kind of behavior is slightly frowned upon in London.
Viandas De Salamanca
*Viandas De Salamanca has another location in South Kensington and also has stores sprinkled across France and Spain.
Address: 6-7 Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street
London, England EC3V I LR
Hours: Monday Through Friday 10:30am to 8:30pm
Phone: +44 020 38687291
Pricing (All in British Pounds): 25 Gram Packages of Spanish Picos Bread £ .50, Chorizo Cones £4.90, Cured Sheep Cheese Cones £4.90, Mixed Cones £4.90, Salami Cones £4.90, Jamón Cones £4.90, Jamón Ibérico Sandwiches £5.90, Spicy Ibérico Chorizo Selections From Around £6.32 (Depending on the Weight), Ibérico Bellota Chorizo Selections From Around £8.30 (Depending on the Weight), Packages of Ibérian Reserve Ham Aged 30 Months From Around £12.47 (Depending on the Weight), Packages of 100 Percent Ibérian Acorn Shoulder Ham From Around £21.46 (Depending on the Weight), Packages of 100 Percent Ibérian Acorn Ham From Around £26.46 (Depending on the Weight)