We have been telling you, there is an emerging fine and modern tapas scene in Seville that you can’t miss out. Known recipes with an original twist and new products are conquering the local and foreign appetite.
Zelai was one of the first restaurants to give traditional Sevillian cuisine a new contemporary status. Opened in 2008 astonished the city not only for its vasque influence—it is run by a Vasque-Sevillian couple— but also for its minimalist and avant-garde décor, no trace of tiles or colourful typical Andalusian decoration here. The refined fusion cuisine draws the business clientele from the area. Unmissable the risotto idiazábal.
An American-Spanish couple is this time behind one of the most established gastro bars in the city. La Azotea has a solid menu extended with seasonable offers that would make you salivate. It is absolutely a delight for fish lovers, but the meat is not less surprising. They have already four restaurants under the same name, but we recommend the original one in Jesús del Gran Poder Street. Ask for the wine recommendation and order the artichokes before even looking at the rest of the menu.
It’s not a proper tapas bar, but nevertheless the vibe invites you to share. If you dream up slow and superb food, ConTenedor is your place. Its colourful and eclectic interior welcomes you to one of the gems of the hip Alameda. The prices are a bit up for the standard, but it’s worth it. They focus on local and season products, in consequence the menu changes constantly. On Tuesdays the crowd cheers up with live music. No reservations, so you better hurry up.
Exotic flavours and creative emulsions that are between mild and explosive is what you get in Albarama. Frequented by suited locals and tourists alike, the bar offers a fancy and elegant atmosphere. The wine menu features a wide range of national wines, cavas and champagne sorts.
For a more unfussy meal in a buzzing and low-key crowd, try out Dúo tapas in the heart of Alameda. Always packed, more than reasonable prices and the vibe explain the endless queue you must wait to get your spot, unless you book in advance or you arrive pretty early. If it is possible, try to get a table in the delightful open-air terrace; the bar can be too noisy at peak times.
Taberna Panduro has stealthily seduced a very loyal but demanding clientele, which never tires out of the panduro salat—an original and delicious reinterpretation of the famous russian salad. The staff is extremely attentive and friendly, explaining and recommending the menu and the wine section if needed, in a very good English. The decoration is simple but warm and cosy at the new location in the centric Calle Baños.