Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sevilla Tapas Crawl: Patanchón & Casa Román

The Seville April Fair which officially begins at midnight on a Monday and runs six days, ending on the following Sunday, includes a public holiday to allow local Sevillanos time to take part in the annual festivities, which means most shops and museums are closed, but many restaurants remain open. A gloriously warm and sunny day, it was the perfect time to wander aimlessly through the the heart of Seville's old town, strolling through the narrow, winding lanes of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter of Seville, stopping periodically for a cold drink and bite to eat, which grew into a day-long tapas crawl, sipping sangria and nibbling our way through the barrio.

Chalkboard menu of signature tapas at Patanchón, 
was once home to the great bullfighter Fuentes Bejarano

Thirst quenching jug of Spanish Sangria with fresh fruit

Full of character, the service at Patanchón is warm and relaxed with a great tapas menu

Inside chalkboard menu of daily changing tapas

A collection black and white mug shots of notorious American gangsters and criminals line the walls, including Al Capone, Ma Barker and bank robber 'Pretty Boy' Floyd 

Patanchón beer and wine menu

Paella de Marisco: Seafood Paella

Jamón as a cultural icon and everyday indulgence

Croquetas de Gambas: Prawn Croquettes

Tortilla Española con Patata: Spanish Potato Omelette 

Street musicians playing outside the restaurant

Bodeguita La Parihuela in the Barrio Santa Cruz

Glass of Sangria with sliced orange and apple at Bar las Teresas

A chilled crisp and dry Barbadillo Solar Manzanilla

Calamares fritos: Fried Calamari

Pinchos de camarones a la parrilla: Grilled Shrimp skewers

After an extended afternoon tapas crawl through the Jewish Quarter, 
we strolled back to the hotel passing by the spectaular Seville Cathedral 

Arriving at the Alfonso XIII where we had a swim and nap before continuing 
on our tapas crawl into the evening

A wonderful swim in the pool charged our batteries before heading out for the evening

Having had a great lunch at Casa Román with our guide Álvaro Carmona a few days before, 
we decided to return for a tapas-style dinner 

Casa Román menu of traditional Andalusian tapas 

The charming age-old interior with legs of Iberico Jamon hanging from the wooden beams

Glass of chilled Albarino 

Cold glass of Manzanilla

Boquerones en Vinagre: Marinated Anchovies

Croquetas Caseras con Jamon: Homemade Ham Croquettes

Choco Frito: Fried Cuttelfish

Jamón ibérico de Bellota

Bacalao Frito: Fried Cod

Caña de Lomo: Sliced Pork Loin Sausage

Tortilla de Jamón: Ham Omelette

Cola de Toro: Oxtail Stew

Delicious and reasonable  - a rare combination

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