La Cata Ciega

If I hadn’t arranged to meet a friend here, on his recommendation, I might have never have gone into this unassuming little bar on Calle Zaragoza, which has recently changed hands. And that would have been a great shame, because it turned out to be a total gem, with an equally delightful owner, Álvaro Harillo. Like one of his various amontillados, this is a bar that has had two lives. It first opened in El Puerto Santa Maria in May 2012, but then closed in January 2016, after which it relocated to Seville, opening again in November 2016 – complete with the original bar.

It’s a traditional sit-or-stand at the bar neighbourhood local, with a small but carefully selected traditional tapas menu that includes an unusually good ensaladilla, melt-in-your-mouth carrillada de jabolí (wild boar cheek), marinated tuna, and daily stews. The high point though is an excellent wine list of less commercial brands, and, as you might expect from a bar that started life in El Puerto, an excellent variety of sherries. This is definitely a great find.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ PER PERSON

Zaragoza 15
Tel 622 843 374
Open 13.00 – 16.00 Tuesday – Saturday
13.00 – 16.00 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 9 | Wine 10 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

ensaladilla with tuna

timbal of octopus with lots of smoky pimiento

marinated tuna with seaweed “spaghetti”

retinto beef carpaccio with mango

wild boar pork cheek

lemon pie

Abraham and owner Álvaro

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