Cinco Jotas

Cinco Jotas (owned by the Osborne Group) is, of course, best known for their charcuterie, especially their superb Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, but they also have a chain of restaurants in several Spanish locations – including Sevilla. The location is not only well-known for the jamón, but also for its unusual horseshoe shaped bar, in the classic horseshoe shaped building on the corner of the Puerta Arenal. Aside from the bar there is a dining room at the back and a small sidewalk terrace. Food and service are very good, though a bit pricey, and it never quite shakes off the feeling of being part of a chain.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€

Castelar 1
Tel 954 210 763
Open 8.00 – midnight Monday – Friday
12.15 – midnight Saturday – Sunday
Kitchen closed 16.30 – 20.00
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7

croquetas de jamón

strips of cuttlefish with citrus mayo

solomillo with cabrales cheese

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Mariscos Emilio

Mariscos Emilio is named for Emilio Guerrero, who began the family business selling seafood from a basket, an image that is still the symbol of the chain of seafood restaurants founded by his son Antonio with the opening of the first Mariscos Emilio in San Juan de Aznalfarache, just outside Seville, in 1970.

Flagship of the group is the Mariscos Emilio in Calle Genova, on the boundary of Triana and Los Remedios, which still does what the name says – high quality seafood of every description. This is every inch a typical Seville fish bar-restaurant, with a long bar area displaying their wares facing a row of large windows which let in lots of light, and allow you to watch the world going by outside, a tank of live lobsters, and a restaurant area in the back, complete with two model ships in glass cases.

The food is good too, with many of the classic Seville dishes. We sampled a sizzling gambas al ajillo, perfectly fried cod and prawn & jamón stuffed mushrooms and were not disappointed.

There is now a Mariscos Emilio Tapas Bar next door too, which extends the range out of specialised seafood to meat based tapas as well, but that’s for another time.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Genova 1
Tel 954 285 032
Open 13.00 – 16.30 / 20.00 – midnight
€ € € €

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Food 9 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

bacalao frito

fried mushrooms filled with jamón and prawns

sizzling gambas al ajillo

tapas bar next door

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Coloniales Delicias

The new Coloniales Delicias belongs to the El Papelón chain, but is more upmarket and under separate management. Lovely interior, bright and spacious, especially with its high ceilings, and a bar with lots of interesting food on display. There is also a small sidewalk terrace. It’s not really a tapas bar, serving mostly larger dishes (which is no problem if you’re sharing), but does have a small selection of small single-size dishes too. It’s also an abacería, meaning that all the charcuterie and tinned items on display are available as take-away. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€ PER PERSON

Reyes Catolicos 14
Tel 955 648 822
Open 8.00 – 23.30
All Day Kitchen
€ € € €

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Food 6 | Wine 6 | Service 7 | Ambiance7

complimentary snack

pavía de bacalao

grilled secreto Ibérico

the team

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Ignacio Vidal Centro

Well-known local restaurateur Ignacio Vidal has three tapas restaurants in Sevilla, one in Porvenir, one in Bermejales, and the third, featured in this review, attached to the Petit Palace Hotel in Canalejas Street.

It’s very pleasant inside, with two dining areas arranged around the bar, and a third downstairs, with access directly from the street or through hotel reception. The style is fairly modern and not overdone, with areas of exposed brick, and a mix of small tables, and some larger tables for groups in the back. There is also a sidewalk terrace.

The food was generally very good, and although we did have one tapa that missed the mark (overcooked rice with artichokes and presa) it was replaced without question. Our other dishes – croquettes, bacalao, presa and chicken were all excellent.

Also open for breakfast.

Bread/Service Charge: 1.20€ PER PERSON

Canalejas 2
Tel 954 228 452
Open 7.30 – 16.00 / 20.30 – midnight
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

jamón croquetas

bacalao frito

fried chicken

rice with artichokes and presa Ibérica

grilled presa Ibérica with jamón

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Bache San Pedro

Bache San Pedro can be found in a pleasant location at the back of Plaza Cristo de Burgos (the church of San Pedro is at the opposite end of the square), and is a cosy restaurant, with bar space and an additional couple of tables on a terrace outside. It’s a fairly typical example of a modern style Seville bar, with lots of wood and tile, and a partly open kitchen, with an elegant overall feel.

It’s the current project of well known Cádiz chef Alex Alcántara, who opened the original Bache in Madrid in 2015. The small menu (14 savoury dishes, 4 desserts) is a mix of Cádiz and Sevilla, with a few international touches, notably some oriental sauces. The food was good quality, but we thought the tapas we tried were somewhat overpriced for the quantity served. Mains looked more generous.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€ PER PERSON

Cristo de Burgos 23
Tel 954 502 934
Open 13.30 – 16.30 / 20.30 – midnight Tuesday – Sunday
13.30 – 17.00 Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 7 | Wine 7 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7

croquetas de puchero

panko-breaded chicken with kimchee sauce

chicharrón de Cádiz kebab with payoyo cheese and achiote sauce

solomillo “al wisconsin” with seasonal mushroom

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Bajo Guia

The name Bajo Guia comes from the famous riverside street in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Bajo de Guia or Pilot’s Wharf, and this excellent restaurant specialises in the fish and seafood cuisine of that town. The original Bajo Guia was in Bermejales in south Sevilla, but a couple of years ago the team moved to this new location near the bullring, and are now doing nicely.

It is primarily a restaurant but most of the menu is available as tapas in the front area by the bar – and very good it was too. Everything from the tomato salad through boquerones fritos, tortillita de camarones (a speciality) and a whole fried choco (cuttlefish), to tuna in a delicious tomato sauce, was among the best I’ve had. Our waiter was great too, making recommendations and being attentive without being intrusive. I’ve rarely been this impressed by a first visit experience, and will definitely be back, with friends, to try some of the larger plates.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Adriano 5
Tel 954 097 452
Open 12.00 – 16.30 / 20.00 midnight
Closed Sunday evening
€ € € €

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Food 9 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

tortillita de camarones

fresh tomato salad

whole fried cuttlefish

boquerones fritos

tuna in tomato sauce

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Salas Asador

Updated February 2018

I’ve known about this place for a long time, and even have a vague memory of having been here back when I was fairly new to Sevilla, so another visit was certainly in order. Sister bar to El Cairo just around the corner, it has a very Sevillano feel to it. Part of the reason for this is that’s it’s built on part of the frontage of the neo-Mudejar building next door, designed by Ánibal Gonzalez, and the small dining rooms to the side are separated by one of those Moorish arches in brick and tile and are quite grand. The main dining room and the tapas and bar area in front are less obvious, but are quite airy and spacious with a more downplayed version of the style.

As the name suggests, Salas specialises in meats and fish cooked over a holm oak charcoal grill (asador). A fairly traditional menu with a seafood bias and just enough modifications to be interesting, everything is excellently prepared. The grilled swordfish was the star tapa of the day, but the presa skewer and whole deep-fried cuttlefish were really good too. Good wines and a nice cosy ambiance, but the service in the bar area could be more attentive.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ per person

Almansa 15
Tel 954 217 796
Open 12.00 – midnight every day
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 7 | Ambiance 8

breaded whole choco

monkfish “bonbon” filled with mushrooms and prawns

char-grilled swordfish

breaded grouper roll filled with jamón serrano

the grouper roll revealed

grilled presa Ibérica skewer with a fine herb sauce

prawn skewer with garlic sauce

mini beef burger

breaded cod with green pepper sauce and crispy garlic

mushroom and aged cheese risotto

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Updated February 2018

La Grulla

Updated November 2017

chef and owner Marco Valcárcel

Offering traditional cuisine with an innovative touch, chef and owner Marcos Valcárcel has renovated both the space and the menu of his previous restaurant, Jarisa. The location serves his purpose well, as it is just next to the Estación de Cádiz market, and he offers not only a “seasonal” section on the menu, but also daily specials.

The corner space is bright and open, very minimalist (something I quite like) with a bar area for tapas as you enter, including seats at the bar and a few high tables. Beyond is the dining area, and there is also an ample terrace.

The chicken croquettes are some of the best croquetas I have had in Sevilla, and the other tapas we tried were all delicious. Staff are enthusiastic and friendly, there’s a good wine list, and you can also opt for the full restaurant menu.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€ bar / 1.70€ restaurant PER PERSON

Juan de Mata Carriazo 4
Tel 954 41 02 67
Open 13.30 – 16.00 / 20.30 – midnight Tuesday – Saturday
13.30 – 16.00 Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

hake roe with bechamel

chicken croquetas

artichoke, cheese and spinach wraps with tomato sauce

“roast beef” carpaccio

grilled provolone cheese with two mojo picón salsas

smoked sardines on toast with avocado

huevo a la turca: soft cooked egg and bechamel, breaded and deep fried

huevo a la turca

filo trangles filled with hake and mussels

presa Ibérica with chimichurra sauce

selection of desserts

the bar

the restaurant

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Updated November 2017

BaQvs


BaQvs is Luis Gutiérrez’s new restaurant located in the Hotel Casas de la Judería, one of Seville’s most historic and fascinating architectural ensembles. The restaurant occupies three spaces in the hotel – a walk-in restaurant/tapas bar at the front, a second dining room inside, and a gorgeous colonnaded patio with a marble fountain and potted greenery – one of the prettiest patios in town. The front room is divided between the restaurant section (tables with tablecloths etc) and a more basic tapas section with tall tables and chairs. Wooden floors, beamed ceilings and padded wall coverings produce an ambiance that is both picturesque and luxurious.

Cuisine is Spanish/Mediterranean and ranges from simple traditional dishes such as ensaladilla and croquetas to more modern and elaborate dishes, either as plates for sharing or smaller tapas. The standout dish for us was a timbal of Jamón Ibérico de Bellota – definitely worth going back for. There is also an excellent wine list, including a wide range of sherries.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€ PER PERSON

Santa Maria La Blanca 5
Tel 657 539 132
Open 12.00 – midnight
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 9 | Ambiance 8

bric-wrapped prawns with hierbabuena and tartar sauce

buñuelos de pescado (fish fritters)

timbal of jamón Ibérico with seasonal veg

the timbal opened up

chipirones (small squid)

the patio

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Zoko Sevilla

Zoko in Sevilla, opened in November 2016, is the latest venture of Argentinian chef Peter Alexander, expanding his group of restaurants (the original Zoko, el Vermut, and Zocarrá) in Zahara de los Atunes. The Sevilla restaurant provides a fusion of their typical local specialities (tuna and rice dishes respectively) together with Japanese and Peruvian influences.

Decor is typical hipster, with chalkboard walls, mismatched tables and chairs, but refreshingly with very helpful and friendly young wait staff. Be sure to check out the daily specials. We loved the tortillita de camarones – we were instructed to fold it in half and eat it like a taco. Tuna and coconut milk croquetas were lovely, topped with a sliver of cured tuna heart. Not everyone’s cup of tea (the tuna heart), but I love it. It’s really a nice casual spot and I hope to be back soon.

Service Charge: 1€ PER PERSON

Marqués de Paradas 55
Tel 954 963 149
Open 13.00 – 17.00 / 20.00 – midnight
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

tuna & coconut milk croquettes topped with cured tuna heart

tortillita de camarones “taco”with guacamole, red onion, spicy mayo

Thai red chicken curry with couscous

char-grilled tuna ribs with bbq sauce

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