Fargo is a ‘slow food/farm to table place’ offering ‘100% homemade menu depending on the season and the market’ and prefer ‘organic, fresh, small scale local products’.
Arrieros is up in the Sierra hills and is simple, rustic chic. The food is country homely style and incredible.
Albarama is modern, clever cooking. Every dish tastes as beautiful as they look.
Contenedor is funky and goes for a holistic experience. Great ambiance and stunning food. Finally,
L’Oca Giuliva sends you straight to Italy, perfect for when you need a break from tapas. It’s a beautiful restaurant right near the Cathedral. That all sounds amazing to me!
The first of our 5 amazing restaurants in Seville is Fargo, north of the Santa Cruz area. Only a 5 minute walk from the Cathedral area, or 15 if, like me, you have a husband who likes to ‘follow his nose’ through the maze of winding streets.
Having seen more of the area than we had expected we have built up an appetite and take a seat in the cool interior.
The owners were warm and welcoming. They were tasting and discussing a new wine as we arrived and their passion for produce was obvious from the start.
Fargo caters for those who want to eat organic fresh food, there are vegan options, vegetarian and some wonderful plates for us carnivores.
This is not a paella and chips kinda place, but the owner spends lots of time talking you through the daily specials. We are all feeling rather adventurous choosing flavours we haven’t had before.
Delicious shots of cool soup arrive from the chef.
My hubby nearly ‘died and went to heaven’ when this Jamon Iberico de Bellota came to the table. It was sensational. Drizzled with rosemary and oil. Every piece was devoured.
The lamb dish was moist and tasty.
My salad was very filling and flavoursome.
A simple but beautiful bowl of pasta.
The desserts sounded exciting and were all homemade. Hubby choose the simple lemon meringue tart.
I chose the Cafe Gourmand 100% chocolate: truffle, pistachio brownie, black and white chocolate and nougatine sable, homemade ‘snickers’ (that’s the bit that got me)
I also chose (very greedy) the Chocolate mousse with Earl Grey tea with peanut nougatine. It’s sugar/flour/egg/dairy free – that makes it a healthy choice in my book.
In the land of Sherry it seemed crazy not to sample a few. We were guided brilliantly and chose 3 to try. All very different.
If you want to dine somewhere where the owner is an expert in the products he uses and will happily teach you what he knows – this is the place for you.
Even Charlotte tried some! It went down surprisingly well. Tho’ she happily returned to her Caramelized apple and almond Tart Tatin after a few sips.
I may have had a little more.
Fargo : Perez Galdos ,20, 41004 Seville, Spain +34 955 27 65 52
We decided to venture away from the city for a day and drove up into the Sierra de Arancena hills. Hubby had a dream of seeing wild Andalusian pigs scamper about the trees sniffing out truffles.
OK so Arrieras restaurant is in Huelva province, but it can easily be done from a stay in Seville.
After visiting the Gruta de las Maravillas, a network of underground caves beneath the fortress Iglesia del Castillo, then being on ‘pig watch’ during the drive up the mountain foothills we finally reach Linares de la Sierra.
After a small attempt to enter the village we realised that cars weren’t exactly a consideration when this sleepy ancient village was built. We abandoned them on the main road and strolled in.
Rows of wooden doors had a pretty mosaic entrance.
We had no idea where we were going and couldn’t find the restaurant. The boys version – we knew exactly where we were because of google maps, the village is a maze, that is all.
Phew, it exists! Happy to find this lovely doorway, we wait for Charlotte who is taking one more photo.
Inside is simple, rustic and chic. I got lots of well done’s (I had Trip Advisor to thank).
Inside the ambiance was relaxed and personal.
The menu was in Spanish, but the waitress was very sweet and helpful. She took her time in going through everything. She had a confidence and quiet pride that told us this was going to be special.
The wine was checked out and we settled in.
We pretty much went with whatever was recommended to us, and we were so glad we did. This was the nicest liver we have ever had EVER.
This locally made extra virgin olive oil was delicious. We soaked our warm crusty bread into it.
More Iberico de Bellota ham, naturally. It was fantastic!
Everything was truly delightful, I had to be quick taking photos before my lot dived in.
It’s mushroom season in these mountains so we has two mushroom starters to share.
The juices of this one was mopped up by our bread.
These beauties were incredible.
Charlotte decided to try the tomato soup. I need you all to try it. Plan a trip please and order this tomato soup. It’s that good.
This would be a wonderful space to eat in warmer months.
Still squinting as I try to spot these special piggies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spot one for my hubby…?
It turns out, our lovely and charming waitress tells us, that the pigs are actually reared on the foot of the mountains, where it is flat. They are cured, famously, on these mountain ranges. It’s all very funny. Apparently.
Every dish is incredible. The chef works magic turning simple food into amazing dishes.
Time for dessert. I spot lemon something and chocolate something else. Sounds good.
We got the brownie, but actually went for a couple of local dishes too. I would love to tell you what they were, one was like a custard with spices and fruit, the other was a creme-bruleeish.
Arrieros – 2, Linares de la Sierra, Spain. 959-46-37-17.
As we left this gem of a restaurant we passed a local up a tree picking olives. As you do.
Changing pace completely (especially as we had spent there entire morning exploring the Real Alcazar) we enter Albarama, just off the Plaza de San Francisco. The interior is completely modern and bright.
The menu came in an English version, which we found to be quite unusual in Seville.
This is right up Hubby’s street and he took some great photos of the open kitchen and bar.
While we chatted happily to the lovely waitress who quickly had us settled in.
A fresh, tasty morsel from the chef.
James ordered urchin – he is by far the most adventurous of us and loved it. The best dressed urchin I’ve ever seen.
Local cheese with a honey condiment and walnuts for me. Wonderful.
Squid for Charlotte. She loves a bit of squid.
Hubby has this fish – cod with black tempura.
The mains were stunning.
Braised lamb shank with cream of roast aubergine.
Iberian pork fillet, roasted potatoes with a spicy sauce.
My steak and chips was faultless. I said ‘anyone want to try mine?, really quietly.
Can’t remember what this was, or who had it, but boy it looks good!
Ah I know this one – Stew of Iberian Pork cheeks, cauliflower cream and breadcrumbs. Sensational.
This one was like a spring roll, except full of soft meat. Packed with flavour.
This is one of the prettiest desserts of the whole trip. Warm Chocolate Coulant. It was everything it should be.
Here, have another look.
Lemon pie. Or cheesecake – who cares?! It was incredible!
Our new crush – Crema Catalana Foam (Creme Brulee foam – with apple compote).
Walnut brownie – a great one, but it was the chocolate mousse we clashed spoons over.
A pretty cup of cappuccino to finish this superb meal with.
Albarama, Plaza de San Francisco 5, 41004 Seville, Spain. +34 954 229 784.
One evening we ventured slightly further north into La Macarena area to Contenedor, another organic, locally sourced produce, slow food restaurant. But this one had an edgy cool vibe.
Looming directly outside the restaurant on the narrow street is a mammoth church. It gives the tables at the front a wonderful view.
Inside, they aim to link the pallet and the soul, by linking the food to art and music.
You can buy the wall art, but they also have flamenco along with their tapas, films and talks. I feel very cooool.
Our table is at the back, but we get a great view of the steamy kitchen.
The tables fill up quickly and the atmosphere is loud and positive.
Hubby and James settle on a bottle of wine with my name on it. Very sweet. Does that mean it’s all mine?
A colourful chalk board treks from table to table, eventually making it to ours. The waitor goes through every single dish in English for us. I’m rubbish at remembering them so we decide to order plates to share. I mean we are in the country of tapas after all!
First up, oysters. Fresh and simple – and really enormous!!
A fresh pork dish with a fruity sauce. The meat was soft and melt in your mouth scrumptious.
Mushroom and froi gras pasta. Hubby loved this.
Luckily there were gaps in between each dish. It was nice to take our time.
Black squid ink rice dish – one of my favourites. It had a moreish slightly crispy texture.
A clean fresh fish dish that Charlotte really enjoyed. The fish was cooked beautifully.
Possibly the best meal of the night. Beef, potatoes, other stuff too, but I could stop eating the beef and potatoes.
They do really good desserts too, but we were so full (and tired – this was a long relaxed event).
Contenedor, c/San Luis 50, 41003 Sevilla. 954 916 333.
L’Oca Giuliva, our final recommendation is tucked in down the bustling street of the Plaza Virgen de Los Reyes, just by Seville Cathedral. We’ve gone all Italian for our last lunch, after battling with the guilt of eating anything but tapas in Seville, we’ve decided we’re OK with it.
The heavens opened as we zig-zagged our way through the cobbled streets towards the restaurant.
Within a minute, all we could see were people standing in doorways peering out from under brollies.
Luckily a tourist shop had this umbrella for sale. It’s not at all tacky.
James and Charlotte, however, ran for it.
No matter, inside was cozy and warm.
The restaurant was beautiful inside, packed with homely charm.
Warm bread rolls were snatched up.
And red wine decantered.
The boys enjoyed a pasta starter. All the pasta is handmade here. But, portions are very generous, so you could share one. If you wanted.
Charlotte fancied something fresh, so went for melon and parma ham. The melon was cold and sweet and the ham deeply flavoured and salty. Delicious.
Cricky, I’ve gone for the cheese again! It was exceptional tho’. Enough for everyone, but I battled through.
A chicken Mediterranean stew full of olives, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. Scrummy.
Veal in a crispy case. But it’s the chips that everyone pinched.
Hubby’s pizza. If it didn’t hang off the table L’Oca Giuliva couldn’t call itself an Italian restaurant.
Charlotte went for something slightly more unusual. This crispy parcel was packed full of meat and sweet fruits. She was very impressed and pleased with her choice.
Desserts were great, the chocolate mousse was probably my favourite. I usually like a custardly mousse, but this one was very light (as most people like it). The flavour was really scrummy.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Italian fling. But it’s time to hit those gorgeous little streets of Seville once again.
So there you have it, 5 amazing restaurants in Seville – luckily Seville can be explored easily by foot, so you’ll be able to work up that appetite once more.
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