I started this blog post in Seville after a scrummy meal but fell into a bit of a food coma before I could finish it. Now back in the UK over Christmas I feel this post deserves some recognition if only to remind myself where to make a beeline for when I’m back in Seville.
I’ll never forget our first night in Seville, we took a trip to the Alameda with crumbling stomachs and high hopes and were more than a little sad at the montaditos we ate. If you want more than a slice of chorizo on a dry roll I suggest making for 100 Montaditos. 100 Montaditos is a no-frills Spanish restaurant chain that specialises in freshly made montaditos with a great selection of fillings (plural!) at affordable prices. Montaditos rarely cost more than 2 euro’s each and if you have a sweet tooth try their chocolate Oreo montadito.
On the other hand for an authentic tapas meal that will leave you satisfied for hours and barely make a dent in your purse head to Taberna Coloniales San Pedro. We discovered this gem in the centre of Seville near the end of our stay but went back at least three times. The restaurant is cosy so you may have to wait at the bar with a sangria before a table becomes available, however the waiting staff are welcoming and friendly and once you order your food it is served in next to no time. My favourite dish was, Solomillo al Whisky.
Another authentic tapas restaurant worth visiting, arguably the oldest in Spain no less! is El Rinconcillo. Although there are a few seated tables, most people eat their tapas standing up with a drink in hand. The waiters offer a typically Andalusian experience and bring the tapas when ready. I enjoyed the comforting espinacas con garbanzos (spinach and chickpeas).
One place I was grateful to stumble upon early on was Uno de Delicias which is located just opposite the Torre del Oro. Unlike the other restaurants this is a modern take on tapas. I’ve only been during the day but feel this restaurant doesn’t have the reputation it deserves. The tapas was really delicias! I particularly enjoyed the paella – best I’ve ever tasted.
Make sure you have a late lunch as kitchens aren’t typically open until 8.30pm.