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Fine Dining in Seville

wittlejosh Jan 10, 2007 02:23 AM

Is there one restaurant in Seville I should try to get a reservation for?

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  1. sparkalina RE: wittlejosh Jan 11, 2007 01:46 PM

    I like Enrique Becerra on c/Gamazo. Tiny street but well worth the hunt. I have eaten there about 10 times and the food is always great.


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      nutella RE: wittlejosh Jan 11, 2007 07:35 PM

      Could you give an idea of the price range for dinner?

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        sparkalina RE: nutella Jan 16, 2007 03:49 PM

        Oh gosh, It's been 3 years since I was there last. I would say 80-100 usd for dinner (2 people), not including wine. That is starter, entree, dessert. Don't quote me on that, though.

        You can eat in the bar area also. They have a great grilled meat skewer (brochete i think it was called) that hangs on a hook about 12 inches off the plate. Great! And a raw (I am going to guess cod) sliced so thin you could read the paper through it, layed out on top of it's roe, and drizzled with lemon and olive oil that makes my mouth water when I see it in the window. These were more like starters that you could share in the bar area.

        I guess that cancels out the fine dining idea if you eat in the bar though. Oops.

      2. wittlejosh RE: wittlejosh Jan 16, 2007 07:39 PM

        Sent them an e-mail to get a reservation yesterday and am waiting to hear back---thanks for the info!

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          dogfacedboy RE: wittlejosh Jan 27, 2007 07:04 AM

          i just did the same thing for when my parents come to visit me here. I walk by this place all the time.

          thanks for the recommendation

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            datrojanhogan RE: dogfacedboy Jan 25, 2008 09:28 PM

            i'm trying to do the same for my trip next month...thanks for the recommendation!

            do you any of you have specific dishes that you recommend? thanks in advance!

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          Booger RE: wittlejosh Jan 25, 2007 07:22 AM

          Not fine dining, but great Tapas, was at a place called Du Plex. Really wonderful place. We searched and searched for it on our last night but couldn't find it again (after walking in circles for an hour in Old Town).

          Worth searching for.

          1. estufarian RE: wittlejosh Jan 26, 2007 11:21 AM

            It's about 20km outside, but in Sanlucar El Mayor, la Alqueria in the Hotel Hacienda Benazuza serves 'El Bulli's Greatest Hits". It's a Michelin ** and if you like modern (as opposed to traditional) food I thoroughly recommend it.
            There's a post below specifically on this place

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              PhilD RE: estufarian Jan 25, 2008 11:28 PM

              Very good recommendation, not certain how much a taxi will cost but it should not be a large amount. We ate there last September and had one of our top 10 meals.

              It Kitchen is run by Rafa Morales who I think was number two to Adria at El Bulli. I also understand that when El Bulli is closed (only open for six months a year) Ferran can often be found in the the kitchen here.

              If you can't secure a booking at El Bulli this is a great way to see what all he fuss is about.

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                Maribel RE: PhilD Jan 26, 2008 04:57 PM

                Ditto to what PhilD has said-the Hacienda Benazuza has been my El Bulli consolation prize. Elegant setting, well worth the taxi ride.

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                  datrojanhogan RE: Maribel Feb 1, 2008 10:52 AM

                  I just got an email back from the hotel and the restaurant will be closed until February 28th. =( Do you guys have any recommendations for a nice dinner in Seville? Will be there with my partner in two weeks. Also, if anyone has any recs for Jerez/Cadiz, that would be great too. Thanks in advance!

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                    Maribel RE: datrojanhogan Feb 8, 2008 06:23 PM

                    For a nice dinner in Seville, I would head to Poncio in Triana
                    (www.ponciorestaurantes.com) or to the romantic, Basque style Egaña Oriza on San Fernando (www.restauranteoriza.com).

                    In Jerez I would search out Mesa Redonda on Manuel de Quintana 3 (has a Campsa sol, like a Michelin star) and also the terrific, legendary tapas bar, Juanito (www.bar-juanito.com) on Pescadería Vieja 8.

                    In Cádiz I wouldn't miss El Faro on San Féliz 15 (www.elfarodecadiz.com).

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                      PhilD RE: Maribel Feb 9, 2008 09:33 AM

                      I would add a vote for "Juanito" in Jerez - a good traditional tapas bar. Look out for the specials.

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              longshot RE: wittlejosh Mar 7, 2008 08:10 AM

              For a top dinner in Seville i would head to Corral del Rey
              This is fine dining at its best!

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                dolcevita_sf RE: longshot Jun 26, 2009 12:10 PM

                Wondering if anyone has any more recent suggestions to offer on this topic. My husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary in Sevilla and are willing to splurge for a truly special meal.

                We'd been planning on La Alqueria at the Hacienda Benazuza, but I understand that the menu is no longer the "greatest hits" from El Bulli. Someone posted a scan of the new menu on another message board, and it's 12 courses of fairly ordinary-sounding dishes for 110 Euros each. (Plus wine and round-trip taxi fare.) I'm sure it's all beautifully executed and presented, but I'm wondering if we might be as well or better off somewhere in Sevilla itself.

                Have heard good things about Az-Zait, but would love to get more feedback. And/or any other suggestions.

                Thank you in advance!

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                  estufarian RE: dolcevita_sf Jun 26, 2009 07:30 PM

                  I haven't been for a couple of years, but the website still "implies" that they serve the 'greatest hits'


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                    PhilD RE: estufarian Jun 26, 2009 11:04 PM

                    Why don't you ring the hotel and ask them about the menu? (as you would expect their English is excellent).

                    IIRC they had a couple of menus when we visited; there was the 32 course tasting menu with greatest hits from El Bulli, plus there was a ALC, I didn't pay much attention to that but could this be the one mentioned? As estufarian says the website still mentions "greatest hits". It is still an El Bulli hotel/restaurant so I doubt it will be disappointing.

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                      dolcevita_sf RE: PhilD Jun 30, 2009 03:36 PM

                      I sent Hacienda Benazuza an e-mail asking about current menus for La Alqueria, and received a prompt reply, as follows:

                      "Thanks for your interest in our gastronomic restaurant La Alquería (**Michelín).

                      Our tasting menu for this season is composed by:
                      4 Snacks & Tapas
                      5 Dishes
                      1 Dessert
                      2 Morphings

                      110 € per person, wine and VAT are not included.

                      I inform you this season we only offer tasting menu.

                      The menus depend to the market, that's why we don´t know until the same day of table reservation.

                      We need to know if you have any kind of allergies

                      Don´t hesitate to contact us if you need any futher information."

                      So it sounds like the former more extensive El Bulli tasting menu is out, as well as any a la carte option.

                      I think we may stick to Sevilla proper for our anniversary meal. Recent reviews would be much appreciated.

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                        PhilD RE: dolcevita_sf Jun 30, 2009 11:20 PM

                        It does look similar in structure to the old tasting menu but with fewer courses. The previous menu had a large number of tastes before the tapas, maybe some of these are the snacks? They were literally minute mouthfuls and came in a number of waves. The meal then slowed don and progressed to the tapas and the more substantial main courses, before ending with dessert and a few morphings (I think it was more than two).

                        Two thoughts: compared to El Bulli this is a far cheaper; the El Bulli menu this year is €230 a head (wine + VAT not included), and that is probably why is has fewer courses. Second, I wonder if there are additional amuse bouche s that aren't on the menu.

                        I understand it is still Feran Adria's food, albeit cooked by one of his team. If I understand it correctly he does take a lot of interest in the kitchen here and often visits especially in the El Bulli off season.

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                          mvecin RE: PhilD Jul 4, 2009 07:08 PM

                          I'll be there mid July and have a booking at Az-Zait...anybody here heard of it? Thanks

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                            dolcevita_sf RE: mvecin Jul 7, 2009 11:17 AM

                            I have! And it's among the top contenders for our anniversary dinner.

                            Please post your impressions when you return. Thank you in advance.

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                              mvecin RE: dolcevita_sf Jul 7, 2009 07:36 PM

                              OK...Will put them on my bl;og...I'll be back some tinme end of July...

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                                enaile RE: mvecin Aug 3, 2009 03:59 AM

                                Seville: We ate at Salvador Rojo last Saturday night and were impressed with the quality of the food. Across from University and Alfonso VIII hotel on San Fernando. tel. 011 34 954 229 725 www.restaurante-salvador-rojo.es

                                Jerez: Highly recommend Sabores restaurant in the hotel Chancilleria.

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