Wednesday 29 October 2014

Vineria San Telmo, Seville.

Back in 2008 when we last visited Seville we were given a tip about a newish tapas place from our hotelier (and fellow foodie) Francisco manager of the Alminar. It was a revelation then, our first 'modern' tapas bar, uncluttered with clichés and simply wonderful, unpretentious food with a twist. We were in a group of nine people then and we all remember the trip very fondly, especially the food here. Since then we've visited many similar 'gastro' bars all over Spain, so what would it be like returning to Vineria San Telmo? Thankfully it was as good as we remembered it.
 Owner, Argentinan, Juan Tarquini was even there to greet us as we arrived, what a lovely touch. We'd reserved one of the last tables outside, it's so busy this place, especially on Saturday night. It was buzzing, waiters coming and going and the general noise of Spain, outdoors on the street. Nobody whispers here do they?
We had as follows.
King prawn carpaccio with toasted sesame seeds and soy sauce.
Squid ink spaghetti with garlic and grilled scallops. We had this last time, a signature dish perhaps. Lovely plump, juicy scallops on a big pile of jet black pasta. Love it!
Fresh grilled foie-gras with apple compote. We'd only had foie gras twice already that day, we needed to get our maximum fix. This was spot on, almost too rich but not quite, the apple adds some clean neutral fruitiness. A real joy to eat.
Finally, some rich Crêpes filled with Burgos black pudding, served with roasted red pepper sauce finished us off very nicely.

Vineria San Telmo has now become a tapas institution in Seville. We really hit the jackpot in this city. Four great tapas bars out of four. We decided to quit whilst we were ahead, Vineria San Telmo ended a memorable day of eating in some style. We bumped into tapas queen Shawn Hennessey and joined her for a last drink at Las Teresas....

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