As a lover of Spanish travel, culture and, of course, food and drink, I’ve done my fair share of travelling across the country over the last decade (or so). So far, I’ve been to cities including Madrid, Bilbao, Malaga, Cadiz and San Sebastian – each of which has its own take on what tapas (or Pintxos) should look like. But, with travelling, there’s always more to discover and food to explore, which took me on my trip to Seville. Thinking of taking a trip to the Andalucian capital? I’m sharing four must-visit tapas bars to check out when you arrive.
Casa Rafita, Calle Marques de la Mina
When I think about what a classic Spanish tapas bar looks like, to me, the decor at Casa Rafita is what comes to mind. In the centre of the bar were large glass cabinets, each filled with different tapas dishes – from tortilla to albondigas to stew. But, what really stood out to me was the number of wine bottles adorning the walls of the venue. They were everywhere! Every single wall in the bar was covered entirely in wine bottles – definitely an original bit of decor.
As for the food? The stand-out dish was their tuna steak in olive oil with thinly sliced potatoes. It felt like such a luxurious dish but still had a lightness to it. The tuna was beautifully flaky, and the potatoes were sliced and cooked to perfection. In fact, the tuna was so spectacular that I returned the next day just to taste it again. That’s when you know you’ve stumbled across something amazing!
Eslava, Calle Eslava
Three words. Cheese Ice Cream.
Oh my god, my mind was blown by this dessert. Served with a sprig of lemon thyme (I know! How weirdly wonderful?), a sweet wafer biscuit and sugar-granule-filled jam, this was possibly the best dessert I have ever tasted. I remember first tasting it and wondering what it reminded me of. After one (or two) more days of having it as a dessert I finally figured it out. It was basically an ice cream version of a cheesecake! Honestly, it’s worth taking a trip to Seville just to try this if, like me, you’re a cheese lover.
Continuing with my love affair with cheese brings us to this spinach and ricotta “cigarro”. A long roll of crispy filo pastry stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese. This dish was the definition of light. Accompanied with a squid ink bechamel sauce, this was perfect alongside a glass of house red.
Cinco Jotas, Calle Castelar
This was one of my favourite afternoon spots from the trip. There’s nothing better than sitting at the bar ordering a glass of vino rosado and snacking on a few green olives. I’m sure you can all agree that the decor in this bar/restaurant is pretty beautiful. Above the bar was a sort of second floor that was simply there to display plants and bottles of wine. The rounded, semi-circle shape of the bar was something that I loved as well. One of my favourite features is a bar that takes centre stage and this one definitely did.
Berrinche Tapas i Barra, Calle Tomás de Ibarra
The final stop on my Seville food guide was a Sevillian twist on a chicken curry. I know a chicken curry isn’t exactly what you’d think of when imagining your favourite tapas bar. However, this bite-sized dish definitely had a taste of Spain about it.