5J Jamón Ibérico from Mesón Cinco Jotas
Cool. It was with sheer luck that we stumbled into this place, needing to plop ourselves down at a tapas bar after a long afternoon of walking around. Only later did was realize that this was actually a chain of places across Spain that specialized in 5J-branded Iberian ham. It was impressively smoky and rich without being excessively salty nor fatty, and pairing well with some Catalan toast here in Barcelona. That portion above ("1/2R," whatever that means) wasn't cheap though at €17.30 (US$22).
We grabbed a few other things that we saw behind the glass casing, including some delightfully tender gambas al ajillo as well as what I initially thought was eggplant but turned out to be blood pudding. The latter was much better than it sounded: it tasted more of rice and spices rather than blood, thus reminding me a bit of haggis. I'll easily go for that again.