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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Bar Arenal Ventura

On the corner of Calle Arfe and Calle Antonia Diaz is the little Bar Arenal Ventura, now in its eighth decade and third generation. It’s regarded as one of the classics, in part because of its long association with the nearby bullring and the people who work there (including the second generation owner who was an alguacil at the Maestranza). Inside is tiny, just a couple of small tables, and standing room at the bar, though there’s also a small terrace outside.

It still has the ambiente taurino, the walls full of pictures and mementoes of all things bullfighting. The menu is simple, the most famous offerings being mussels in escabeche and tuna (bonito), although the tortilla, ensaladilla and anchovies are also recommended, along with a nice glass of fino or an ice cold beer.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ for a bag of picos

Arfe 2
Tel 954 223 686
Open 9.30 – midnight Monday – Saturday
12.00 – 17.00 Sunday
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Food 6 | Wine 6 | Service 6 | Ambiance 7

mussels in escabeche

bonito (tuna)

three generations

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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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Taberna El Lerele

El Lerele is one of a number of new abacería/tabernas that have opened up around Sevilla recently, and is possibly one of the best. After living in several different places around Spain and trying his hand at various professions, owner Miguel has returned to his home town to offer his version of a cosy neighbourhood bar that is typically Sevillian. It specialises in charcuterie, with some traditional cooked tapas (cooked by Miguel’s mother). The wine list is still a work in progress, but we were able to find some nice sherries on the list.

Open for breakfast during the week, and from midday weekends, El Lerele stays open all day so people have a place to stop in anytime, for a drink, a meal, a snack and a chat.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Muro 5
Tel 955 238 105
Open 8.00 – midnight Tuesday – Friday
11.00 – midnight Saturday – Sunday
€ € €

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Food 6 | Wine 6 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7

chicharrones de Cádiz

queso viejo (cured sheep cheese) from Pamplona

albóndigas de chocos (cuttlefish meatballs) in salsa verde

owner Miguel

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Abacería Los Carros

Los Carros is a bar/abacería that takes its name from the old name of Plaza Monte Sión (which takes its present name from the old Convento Monte Sión across Calle Feria). There’s basically just a small bar area, and a little terrace in the square that catches the midday sun. Self-service both inside and out. A pleasant place to stop for a snack and a drink on your way home for lunch, or before an evening tapeo.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Plaza Monte Sión 9
Tel 619 693 447
Open: 12.00 – 16.00 Monday- Tuesday
12.00 – midnight Wednesday – Saturday
12.00 – 18.00 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 6 | Wine 7 | Self-Service | Ambiance 7

garlicky chicharrones

ice cold tortilla!  🙁

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Lalola Taberna Gourmet

Lalola Taberna Gourmet has been on my Twitter radar for a couple of years, but it’s taken awhile for me to get here. In part because it is located at the far end of Los Remedios, but it turns out it is well worth making the trip. It also turns out there is a bus near my (newish) house that takes me right there, so I’m sure I’ll be making that trip more often. Or at least until chef/owner Javier Abascal makes a move to the city centre.

The interior is warm and inviting, with pretty arched windows and simple rustic-chic decor. Aside from the regular menu there is also a short chalk board list of daily specials. Everything we tried here was excellent, including the fried pig ears, which were surprisingly tender. And the salchichón croquetas (chef’s choice, so they change weekly) are some of the best I’ve ever had. Hard to choose a favourite, but I am still dreaming about the lamb kidneys. There’s an excellent wine list, including several top notch sherries, and Marta or Vinchenzo will be happy to make recommendations. Be sure to save room for dessert.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Virgen del Águila 8
Tel 955 13 83 59
Open 13.00 – 16.30 / 20.00 – midnight
Closed Sunday evening and Monday
€ € € €

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Food 9 | Wine 9 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

couscous with carrot, red & green pepper, leeks and purple onion

croquetas de salchichón

warm potato salad with cod liver

fried chicken bites marinated in grainy dijon, with toasted garlic alioli

fried pig ear with spiced carrot purée

grilled lamb kidneys with olive oil, lemon, aged sherry vinegar

retinto beef burger

arroz del día with carrillada

grilled presa Ibérica

white chocolate cake with a coffee & cookie base, caramel popcorn

chef Javier Abascal

chef Javier, Julio, Vinchenzo & Marta

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Salvaje

Salvaje is the latest project of the Cabrera Fernández brothers, Ahitami, Antonio and Elías, owners of the successful Sal Gorda and La Mia Tana restaurants. Located at the end of Calle Feria, and a few minutes’ walk from the Alameda, Salvaje occupies a former iron foundry (and later furniture warehouse) – the chimney is still in situ and will in due course be used for grilled meats and barbecue. The space is substantial, but broken up by open shelving and a LOT of greenery (other members of the Cabrera Fernández family are florists), making it both light and spacious, but at the same time quite intimate. At the front is an area that is essentially an abacería and bar, while further back is the courtyard area with a separate tapas menu. Eventually, the mezzanine at the very rear will be a fully fledged restaurant.

Must have tapas are the bite-sized cones of tuna tartare (available in both the bar and restaurant areas) and the creamy bone marrow croquettes. We also really like the fried hake with a ponzu sauce, and sweetbread-stuffed lamb with a salted toffee sauce. It’s still early days – Salvaje just opened early January – so expect eventual changes to the menu. The wine list is also still a work in progress. Service is helpful and friendly. Looking forward to returning soon.

Bread Charge: 0.80€ PER PERSON (but they ask first)

Resolana 40
Tel 663 589 563
Open 13.00 – 16.00 / 20.00 – midnight Wednesday – Sunday
€ € € €

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Food 8 | Wine 8 | Service 7 | Ambiance 9

red tuna tartare cones

bone marrow croquetas topped with aged beef carpaccio

fried hake with ponzu

lamb stuffed with sweetbreads, salted toffee sauce, crispy milk

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El Puntal

El Puntal has actually been open since November 2015, at a location where several previous bars have come and gone, but this was the first time I’d been back under the new regime. The décor is “minimalist nautical” (puntal is Spanish for strut) with a couple of tables at the front of the bar, a couple more in a small dining area at the back, and some shelf-tables with slightly uncomfortable high stools, but our waitress was efficient and friendly. Cuisine is essentially traditional with a twist (for example, presa marinated in miso), and we enjoyed everything we tried. Decent wines by the glass and also daily specials. Good value for money.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.80€ PER PERSON

Zaragoza 64
Tel 638 345 525
Open 12.30 – 16.30 / 20.00 – midnight Tuesday – Saturday
12.30 – 16.30 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 8 | Ambiance 7

adobo with lime mayo

bacalao and camarones in batter with roasted garlic

pavía de bacalao

carrillada in whisky sauce

pluma Ibérica marinated in miso with stir-fried mushrooms

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Luna ’10

Although not a new bar, Luna’10 has recently changed hands, and following a recommendation we went there for Sunday lunch. The bar itself is really small, with just a couple of tables, but there’s a good sized terrace in the pleasant little square outside, which it shares with another bar. This was lovely in the autumn sunshine, not so sure about midsummer or midwinter, though there are gas heaters on standby.

Good service and some delicious food that included the rice of the day and a tripe stew (both only available weekend lunchtimes), an excellent presa, and a breaded goat cheese & ham roll in a sweet sauce. There is also a selection of montaditos and “panes de la casa”. Looking forward to going again.

Bread/Service Charge: 0€

Escuelas Pías 10
Tel 605 961 235
Open 8.00 – 16.00 Monday – Tuesday
8.00 – 16.00 / 20.00 – midnight Wednesday – Friday
12.00 – midnight Saturday
12.00 – 16.00 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 7 | Ambiance7

arroz del día

pisto with fried egg

goat cheese, ham & walnut roll

breaded rosada

grilled presa Ibérica

menudo (tripe stew)

preparing the stew of the day

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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