conTenedor - slow food restaurant

conTenedor has been on my bucket list to visit ever since arriving in Seville. I had heard so many good things about it from different people, the focus on healthy eating, tasty vegetables and interesting dishes.  In addition, I was told it would be a better experience to go with a group of people as the servings are big and my friends knew I would want to try as many dishes as possible.  I am so pleased I finally got there recently, and my experience was, as I anticipated, fantastic! The restaurants philosophy is to use only the best ingredients, mostly organic and slow cooking methods to let the food shine.  Their wine list is extensive and well priced, we enjoyed (a couple of bottles of) a fantastic red wine, Sancha Perez, that is produced locally in a winery in Cadiz, Andalucia. The service was impeccable, waiters were fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable and spoke English. I also really loved the space too, the paintings on the walls can be purchased and the menu is ever changing and written on chalk boards, and indicates when the kitchen has sold out of an item by wiping it off!  Another aspect is the open kitchen, it adds to the rustic setting and wooden tables, and personally I love watching the chefs as they dance around the kitchen serving up art.

We were a group of five and this meant we could order up a number of dishes, and although the restaurant was full, I found it a mix of tourists and locals, there was a calm ambience.  Pictures of the dishes we tried are below and I've done my best to translate the Spanish to English.  The meat dishes were stand out, the duck and mushroom rice dish was amazing (a signature dish) and even although it is a large plate designed to share I would definitely go back for this one, solo!

Overall, every bite was flavourful and there was a reason for each item on the plate. I will definitely be back and would highly recommend it to anyone passing through or living in Seville. Make sure you call ahead and reserve a table though and during Summer they are closed in August. 

New concept menu:

Monday to Thursday for lunch (13:30 - 16:30, not holidays) called "Meridiano" - each day they will offer a different menu using their same philosophy of high quality food products but with different concept of dishes, for example one menu could include a hamburger using "retinto" meat from a native cow breed from the South of Spain, a vegan "burrito", a Moroccon pastry with organic chicken... I for one, cannot wait to try their new menu out.

Details:

Hours: Open daily for lunch 13:30 - 16:30h and 20:00 - 23:00h* for dinner (*end of the week they are open 20:30 - 00:00h)

Reservations: +34 954 91 63 33

 Address: C/ San Luis, 50. Sevilla

Options for celiacs/vegetarians: Yes

Social Media: Website Facebook Twitter

 

La Blanca Paloma - Triana, Sevilla

A great gem of a place in the heart of Triana, one of the oldest and most infamous neighbourhoods "barrios" of Seville is La Blanca Paloma.  Triana is also the soul of flamenco and Spanish tiled homes.

I have been coming to La Blanca Paloma for about a year now, located in the main passage of Calle San Jacinto, I would call it one of my locals for food that is fast, Spanish tapas home cooking style.  The waiters are great and old school, perch in front of one at the bar and he will take your orders until the end! Don't even attempt to speak to another waiter or you may be told sternly that's not the way! I love this about Spanish bars once you understand the system.  The space is quite large for a tapas bar, there is a sit-down restaurant towards the back and you need to speak to a waiter in the front bar to put your name down on the chalkboard waiting list.  The restaurant cannot be pre-booked but you can order a drink and spill out onto the road outside whilst you wait for a table or perch at the bar (squeeze!) and eat standing as most tend to do.

The ambience, waiters and the menu are varied enough with modern twists on some classic tapas and cheap for the quality you get (some of my favourites are shown below but I'd recommend you ask the waiters for their dishes of the day, I'm yet to have a bad one here). The wine list is also good and they have a selection of bottled beer to choose from too outside of the standard Cruzcampo.

Details:

Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:00 - 16:30h and 20:00 - 00:00h. Closed Tuesday.

Reservations: +34 954 33 37 88

Address: Calle Pagés del Corro 86, Seville, Spain 41010

Options for celiacs/vegetarians: Very little

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