La Azotea — Our first lunch of the trip we ordered tapas portions of beef cheek, Russian salad (huge!) and foi gras (L was a fan of the spiced orange marmalade). The wine list was small but varied, I had Turdetano, a sevillian white (very light, minerally) and my second was a Miriade, an autumnal chard-esque white. Leandra sampled the Sa Tinela, a white rioja, first – which was rather sweet – so she choose the Cair Cuvee from Riberra instead. She opted for a red on her second glass – a Botas Barro, from de Toro.
Taberna Colonials — To drink I ordered the Vina Gamo (blanco afrutado) – dry, light with lots of mineral and a light nuttiness and L had a Paco Garcia rioja – a bit dry but went fine with food. To eat I got the Patas bravas and solmillo al whisky – so very garlicy! Patas had a nice spice but you couldn’t tell the pork was coated in a whisky sauce. Leandra ordered the special jamon and the marinated peppers, but half way through she found plastic wrap in her dish. We sent it back not sure what to expect from the kitchen but it was never replaced and taken off our bill in the end. At least the ham was tasty.
As our waiter essentially disappeared after the peppers incident, we decided to go somewhere else for our next round. The drinks (and service) at Seis Tapas Bar was just what we needed as a respite from the rainy evening. Leandra had a glass of rioja while I went for a liquid dessert – a Pedro Ximenez sherry!
Bodega Santa Cruz — After our epic cathedral tour, we stopped in to this little bodega for lunch. We found a free standing table and I sent Leandra inside to order some little sandwiches (montaditos) and wine. I had the cheese and serrano ham (very nice), then the tortilla. L had the morcilla (very nice) then the pringa (excellent!).
Parents finally arrived, and after a day of driving we decided to go easy on them for dinner and returned to Seis Tapas Bar. Once again the experience was excellent: nicely priced wine list, helpful servers, and the food was great. I had the jamon croquettes and oxtail cannelloni. Leandra had the tartare and a gorgeously presented ceviche!
After a tour of the Real Alcazar, we opted to return to Bodega Santa Cruz for lunch and this time we found a small seated table free!
Mechela Restaurante — For our last night in Seville, we made reservations at this cozy restaurant with a great menu. There are only a few tables, so you definitely want to book ahead – thankfully they were very responsive via email. We liked everything we ordered: oxtail and beef cheeks, croquettes del pargo, cod croquettes, and iberico pork sirloin. Really good value, nice wine list, and a great option if you are tired of standing up to eat! :)