Patronas has only been in business for seven years, but its style is very much the Sevillano “bar tipico” of old, from the cast iron ceiling support to the stainless steel bar, plain tables, and some very attractive ceramic tiling. The menu is traditional Andalusian, and the croquetas de puchero, fried chicken and pork albóndigas that we tried were very good. Service was indifferent, particularly given that the bar wasn’t busy at the time. I’d give it another go.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Santas Patronas 11
Tel 954 564 990
Open 12.30 – 16.00 / 20.00 – midnight
Closed Sunday evening
€ € €

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Food 7 | Wine 7 | Service 5 | Ambiance 8

croquetas de puchero

pork meatballs

deep-fried chicken

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Ropa Vieja

The name Ropa Vieja is a tribute to the chef’s mother and her homecooking. It literally means “old clothes” and the original dish was made from left-overs, but later became a shredded meat dish with pork, chicken, garbanzos in sauce. Poor man’s food. But the bar is quite the opposite, upscale and modern, and very social media savvy. Walls are festooned with hand-written notes from happy clients and there is a large sign over the kitchen suggesting #hashtags to use (including the dread #foodporn).

The dishes we tried were nice enough, the service was pleasant enough, and it was overall an agreeable experience. But after three dishes we felt inclined to move on, rather than try more from the menu.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.80€ PER PERSON

Muñoz Seca 8
Tel 620 12 40 25
Open 13.15 – 16.00 / 20.45 – midnight Monday – Saturday
13.15 – 16-15 Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 7 | Wine 6 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7

Ropa Vieja manifesto

chicken croquetas with injectable “extra flavour”

octopus with bacalao & paprika potatoes

grilled presa with mashed leek & potatoes

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El Manijero

Updated October 2017

One of the joys of moving house is an opportunity to explore a new neighbourhood in more detail. Which (together with a recommendation) brought me to renew a long-forgotten acquaintance with Restaurante El Manijero. Typical and traditional, El Manijero has been around for a long time, with a restaurant-dining room on one side, and a bar-tapas area on the other, with something of a bull-fighting theme.

The bar staff have also been there forever and are friendly and chatty, and the tapas are great, with cheese-filled breaded mushroom and fried chicken coming top of the bill. It has definitely become a neighbourhood favourite.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Trastámara 15
Tel 954 221 740
13.00 – 16.30 / 20.30 – midnight
Closed Sunday
€ € €

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Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 8 | Ambiance 7

barmen Jaime & Antonio

padrón peppers

marinated potatoes

spinach croquetas

fried hake cheeks

cheese-filled breaded mushroom

fried chicken

fried pork ribs

marinated pork liver with onions and cilantro

grilled presa Ibérico

solomillo al whisky

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Updated October 2017

Bar Amarra

This is a bit of a “bookmark” post, as we only popped in for a quick beer and to sample the house speciality – tortillitas de camarones – which have been recommended by several of my foodie friends. The bar itself is very “typical” with a bar section at the front and a dining area in the back, and it is clearly loved by locals.

The menu is mostly fish and seafood based, and the bar staff are very friendly. As for the tortillitas? Well, I liked them, but they were a bit “clunky” in that the camarones were much bigger than I am used to, which made them chewy rather than crispy, as the shells were more developed. But they may be different at different times of year, so I’m quite willing to go back and try them again, plus a few more items on the menu.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Pagés del Corro 43
Tel 954 338 224
Open 11.00 – 16.30 / 20.30 – 00.30 Tuesday – Saturday
11.00 – 16.30 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 7 | Service 5 | Ambiance 6

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Updated October 2017

I actually stumbled on Berrinche by accident (although it’s close to the main Avenida, just behind the main post office) a few days before it opened this past summer, and thought it looked promising. A couple of weeks later I came back – and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s quite cosy, with about half a dozen tables around the bar, unpretentious but with a nice open feel. Also with friendly barman/owner Pepe to give us a few recommendations. Pepe also runs the Tenderete bar in barrio Santa Cruz, an earlier version of which used to be one of my late night stop (back when I was young enough to do late night stops). Berrinche is Pepe’s second venture and it looks – and tastes – like it’s going to be a success.

The food is excellent, including some properly crunchy Patatas Berrinche (like patatas bravas but with Moroccan spices), duck mousse & jamón croquettes, wonderful breaded swordfish, and a grilled pluma from heaven. Also check for the stew of the day, available at lunchtime – 3€ including a beer. I always love it when I can recommend small neighbourhood bars like this.

Now open for breakfast too!

Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ PER PERSON

Tomas de Ibarra 20
Tel 954 966 390
Open 8.30 – 16.00 / 20.00 – midnight
Breakfast from 8.30 – 12.00
Closed Monday evening
€ € €

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Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 8 | Ambiance 7

cured Boffard sheep cheese from Vallalodid

ensaladilla de pulpo

croquetas: prawn & chipirones ; duck mousse

duck mousse & jamón croquetas

Sevillana salad: mixed greens, egg, olives, asparagus, tuna, red onion

breaded swordfish sticks with citrus mayo

bravas Berrinche – with Moroccan spices

lamb with couscous

grilled solomillo with brandy creme sauce

grilled pluma Ibérica and veggies, mashed potato, hierbabuena mayo

chocolate coulante with violet icecream

affable owner Pepe

Abraham & Marta

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Updated October 2017


Parpatana is a little off my usual beat, out towards Nervión and the Santa Justa train station, but I’d heard good things about it, and chef Alberto Carrasco, so despite the heat of a sunny Sevilla day, I recently made my way there for lunch. Parpatana has been going for about a year now, and has already got its feet under the table, gastronomically speaking.

The bar is open and uncluttered, with plenty of light. Nice touches include a large diagram of the different cuts of the tuna, a reproduction of the famous painting “The surrender of Granada”, and a wood frame entrance way that reminded me of a Japanese temple before the lacquer goes on. This is probably appropriate given that tuna is the speciality of the house, and one of our chosen tapas (which were quite generous) was the parpatana from which the bar takes its name. Quality and presentation were both good, and I will certainly be back.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€

Plaza del Sacrificio 1
Tel 955 186 745
Open 7.00 – 20.00 Monday – Wednesday
7.00 – 23.00 Thursday – Friday
9.00 – 17.00 Saturday
(kitchen open 13.00 – 17.00)
Closed Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

chef Alberto Carrasco

the Parpatana team

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El Gato del Cura

This is a new bar in a quiet street in San Bernardo, just outside Puerta de la Carne. The exterior is unassuming, and the interior is also unfussy, but very light and comfortable. Whimsical touches include a “confessional” style screen in front of the services, and menu sections “What the cat likes” and “What the curate likes” instead of the usual fish and meat headings.

Good quality food and service from the young husband and wife team who own the bar, making our first visit a pleasant experience. I look forward to going back.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€ PER PERSON

San Bernardo 12
Tel 955 075 160
Open 13.00 – 16.00 / 20.30 – 23.30 Tuesday – Saturday
13.00 – 16.00 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 7 | Wine 7 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7

tempura veggies

tuna tataky almadraba

grilled octopus

squid ink rice with alioli

grilled Ibérico ribs with bbq sauce

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Cruo Reyes Católicos

This is one of two new slightly upmarket bar-restaurants recently opened  by the Cruo group (the other is on the south side of the Alameda de Hércules), and which take them in something of a new direction. The locale is light and spacious – big windows, high ceilings, lots of exposed brick, and light wood floors and tables. The effect is both classy and comfortable.

The menu is quite extensive, with a lot of quality charcuterie a mix of traditional and more modern mainly large plates and some tapas. The best dish we sampled was a carpaccio of presa Ibérica with a strawberry vinaigrette, celery and wasabi. Definitely something to go back for. Service gave the impression of being a little bit inexperienced, but polite and helpful, and actually quite efficient. I like that they are open all day, making it a nice spot to stop for a late afternoon drink or snack.

Bread/Service Charge: 1€

Reyes Católicos 14
Tel 955 648 822
Open 13.00 – midnight Monday – Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 9 | Service 8 | Ambiance 9

ensaladilla with prawns, toasted garlic, carabinero mayo, red onion, pickle

presa Ibérica carpaccio, with strawberry vinaigrette, celery, wasabi

flamenquín XXL

beef and pork burger

the green-eyes cocktail: orange wine, PX, vermouth

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Updated August 2017

Almost exactly five years after opening the very popular La Brunilda, husband and wife team Diego & Esperanza opened this second restaurant with a completely new menu, just around the corner next to the Arenal Market. Bartolomea Resto & Grill does feel more like a restaurant than Brunilda, but has the same attention to quality and detail. It’s pleasantly light and airy inside, with big windows and light wood furnishings. And, as always, you can expect great service the well-trained team.

Favourite dishes include the sea bass ceviche, the croquetas del día (in this case cabrales cheese and apple) and the perfectly grilled pluma Ibérica.  There’s a nice selection of salads too. It’s a shortish menu, with starters, fish & seafood and meat dishes offered as either tapas or raciones (small or big plates). I was also happy to see the revival of one of my fave desserts from La Brunilda’s early days – the watermelon granita with stawberries, basil gelée and passion fruit ice cream.

Bread Charge: 0.80€ per person

Arenal 1
(next to Mercado Arenal)
Tel 955 234 370
Open: 13.00 – 16.00 / 20.30 – 23.30
Closed: Sunday evening and Monday
€ € € €

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Food 9 | Wine 9 | Service 9 | Ambiance 9

croquetas del día (these were cabrales cheese and apple)

burrata, tomato, basil salad with pipirrana

sea bass ceviche with yucca chips

grilled salmon, sautéed artichokes, saffron sauce

“fish & chips”
breaded marinated rosada with adobo mayo and yucca chips

prawn burger with avocado alioli and tempura onions

chargrilled presa Ibérica with apple purée and pistachio pesto

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Updated August 2017

El Bacalao

El Bacalao, which currently has two restaurants in Sevilla (one in Plaza Ponce de León, the other in Calle Tarifa), has been a fixture in city for as long as anyone can remember. They have recently renovated both the restaurant and menu at their Ponce de León location, and I was invited to sample this new menu with a group of other food writers, bloggers, etc. I like what they’ve done with the place. It looks fresher and more welcoming, with a long bar as you enter and a few dining rooms both on the main floor and upstairs, though I would always opt to sit at the bar.

Our meal was served in a dining room at the back of the restaurant, and took the form of a tasting of thirteen menu items – four starters, seven main courses and two desserts, with either manzanilla sherry or white wine. And as you might expect given the name of the restaurant, bacalao (salt cod) figured prominently in the menu, from the signature bacalao al ajo confitado, through pavias and croquetas to an excellent bacalao tartare, though one of the dishes – the bacalao dorada – was too much salty for me (and that almost never happens, I love salty food). Other personal favourites included a lovely fresh spinach salad and the milhojas de cola de toro (oxtail).

And so a disclaimer here: my rating of the bar is based only on this one occasion, which overall was a pleasant experience. I shall try to pop in again as a “regular customer” at the bar, to see how things go during regular service.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.90€ PER PERSON

Ponce de León 15
Tel 954 21 66 70
Open 8.00 – 12.00 for breakfast
12.00 – midnight Monday – Saturday for tapas
8.00 – 16.30 Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 7 | Wine 8| Service 7 | Ambiance 7

Cantabrian anchovies on toast with courgette alioli and lime foam

ensaladilla with king prawns, dried cherry toms, mayo foam

salt cod tartare, confit tomato, fresh chives, wasabi and balsamic vinegar spheres

spinach salad with walnuts, pine nuts and goat cheese ice cream

bacalao pavía with squid ink mayo, bacalao, spinach & pine nut croqueta

bacalao dorada

bacalao with confit garlic and tomato

bacalao loin with creamy leek brandada

bacalao cocochas “pil pil” with toasted garlic and chilis

oxtail in red wine with wonton pastry and slow-cooked egg yolk

selection of desserts

a lovely new rosé wine by Delgado Zuleta

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