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The Best Tapas in Seville?

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December 3, 2014 / Spanish / By
Anna

I think we ate the best tapas in Seville at least once a day. But, there was a small bar very near our hotel in the old town that attracted our attention. In the evenings, it always seemed to be brimming with people all of who were shouting something deep and meaningful to each other. And it was no less busy in the day if at a lower volume. We often latch onto a couple of Italians in the center of Rome and follow them to their favorite lunch spot. It always throws up a new and delicious restaurant, so why not go where the Spanish go in Seville?

Having walked past this bar several times, we overcame our reticience and grabbed one of the few outside tables with chairs. The Tall Guy (TTG) having decided his Italian was going over just fine in Spain, went inside to make an order. I blame the taxi driver who brought us in from the airport for this linguistic confidence. We had tried a little tentative Italian on him to which he responded that we would get along fine with Italian as long as we spoke slowly; however, he flung this advice at us in blisteringly fast Spanish. By some miracle of goodwill and hand gestures we got the point.

Back to Bodega Santa Cruz - the restaurant of the moment. TTG was soon out again rather quickly with two small beers but looking a little unbounced. It was the method of ordering that did it. There was a long thin blackboard menu crammed with smallish writing describing dishes he knew nothing about.

But he took a stab at it, and we ended up with two delicious plates of food. One was a spinach and cheese dish - very cheesey but not too much - and the other was a dish that has become synonymous with Seville for us - patatas bravas with chipotle salsa. (I've already written about our first, slightly bizarre meeting with patatas bravas here)

 

We were on a roll so back in he went and came out with a potato, onion and cured ham stack - patata rellena y jamón. Again, perfect.

We only found the time to return to this truly amazing little restaurant one more time. But I do regret that. The second time we turned up the guy in charge of orders remembered TTG and treated him like a regular. Such an improvement on the sleazy approach some front of house waiters have in tourist areas. He showed respect for our obvious pleasure in the restaurant's food. I loved Seville and hope to return in the future and this restaurant will be my first stop.

 

Bodega Santa Cruz

Country: Spain

Province/State: Andalucia

City: Seville

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