Sevilla Tapas


I was recently very pleased to discover that two new Seville restaurants are serving Botani and so yesterday I mixed business with pleasure by taking a quick trip north to visit them, and was joined by my friends Manuel and Shawn (aka Sevilla Tapas). First we went to Arenero, which is located in the Barrio Santa Cruz, and enjoyed some special tapas from the “taller” section of their menu. The ceviche with lime foam was very good but my favourite tapa had to be the bulltail mini-burger with melted papoyo cheese on “pan de ketchup”. Arenero features many Andalusian wines and has weekly by-the-glass specials written up on the blackboard behind the bar.

Next we went to Albarama, which is the new sister bar of one of my favourite places in Sevilla, Puracepa. It was good having a chance to see wine expert Filippo again before he leaves to live and work in Barcelona, and the tapas were exquisite. At both bars we had Botani (2009 at Arenero, 2008 at Albarama) and I was delighted to see that Filippo has also chosen Victoria nº2 for his wine list at Albarama. Later Filippo invited us to try a beautiful Brut Prosecco with our dessert and he joined us in a toast to his new life in Catalunya.

It was a great evening which I hope to repeat again soon, but next time I will try not to leave all my wine samples in the car (in Málaga!) after making a special trip out to the Bodega to pick them up and carefully pack them in ice.

Arenero
Pasaje de Vila, 6
Open 13.00–midnight
(kitchen closed 16.00–20.00)
Closed Sunday evenings & Mondays

Albarama
Plaza San Francisco nº5
Open 11.00–23.30
(kitchen closed 16.00–20.30)
Closed Sunday evenings

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