Surely I’m not the only one whose appreciation for Spanish cured meat began while watching the cult classic Jamón Jamón?
Hm, the silence tells me I might just be.
Xarcuteria, the newly arrived Spanish deli in Claremont Quarter, has something even more gorgeous than a Javier Bardem look-alike behind the counter: a selection of meats, terrines, pates, cheeses, olives, and imported goodies you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the city.
The Barcelona-inspired takeaway deli is run by David Coomer (of Star Anise, Pata Negra and Print Hall fame) and his business partners Adam Willie and Anna Campos. When asked about how he was enjoying the shift from a high-intensity kitchen to the gentler pace of the deli, David said, “It’s my first time working in retail. I’m really enjoying interacting with the guests and, as you can imagine, the conditions are a lot less stressful.”
Take my advice and accept the free samples the staff invariably offer you. Xarcuteria is all about educating Perthites on Spanish cuisine beyond paella and chorizo.
As you chew, take a glance around. Xarcuteria’s fitout is reason enough to visit. Upcycled junkyard finds create a homey, lived-in country feel. Giant industrial-sized kitchen whisks serve as pendants. A soldered and rusting balustrade was reborn as a shelf packed with sardines, sauces, preserves and sweets. My favourite element is the fire engine red irrigation-filter-turned-olive-oil-barrel given pride of place in the shop window.
An upcoming pilgrimage to Alimentaria Barcelona will see the owners return laden with more Spanish treasures. Here’s hoping there’s room in the suitcase for Javier.