What a jewel among so many tapas bars in Seville! We found this place on TripAdvisor. For some reason, the outside and the door of the restaurant is not well designed. We passed by the day before and didn't even realize it was open. In fact, on the day we were there, the only sign that it was open was the fact that there were people eating inside.
Once inside, however, be prepared to be completely amazed by the food they serve. It is simply the best tapas we ate in our two-week-long trip to Spain. We wish we could go back and try the restaurant as well.
The restaurant has 2 parts. The tapas room which is on a first come, first serve basis like most of tapas bars. There is also a more formal dinning room serving traditional dishes where you can make reservation by phone or online by TripAdvisor. Regardless where you eat, one thing for sure: they have serious talented chef (s). The few tapas we tried could have easily cost us over $200 in San Francisco. Yet with 5-6 tapas, plus a free tapas on the house, a liter of Sangria, a glass of wine, and a dessert, we ended up with only a €51 bill including tax and services.
Here is what we ordered and how it went.
1) The salmorejo (x2) is exceptional and was the best salmorejo we had on our two week trip. I could eat it every day and not get tired of it. It was creamy, naturally sweet from the tomatoes, flavorful from the good olive oil, yet not heavy, which allowed us to order other dishes without feeling too full. The tasteful and thoughtful use of other ingredients really helped emphasize the taste of the fresh tomatoes without overpowering it. The delicately balanced flavors meant that it paired nicely with the other appetizers we ordered, while being refreshing enough to serve as a palette cleanser. In short, the salmorejo delivered punchy flavor that complemented the rest of the menu - exactly what a perfect appetizer should do.
2) The salmon tartare was exceptional. There are plenty of places in Spain or in U.S where one can find salmon tartare, but the chefs managed to make their tartare stand out from the rest.
3) Foie Oro is a golden foie gras with fig sauce. It was beautifully presented. The buttery foie gras melt gently on your tongue and the subtle sweetness came through nicely. I was in heaven.
4) Calmares arroz negro (calamari with black rice): The lightly crusted calamari and creamy, delicately flavored black rice with aioli is certainly not a " poor man's rice". It is a perfect tapas. It is again the best among those I have tasted.
5) Bacalao (Cod): The bacalao was tender and sweet. It was served in a golden crust and on top of a light tomato sauce.
If you aren't drooling by now, then maybe you should head to McDonald's instead. Otherwise, don't miss this special treat if you are in Seville.
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