You know when someone recommends a place to eat and you think, okay, cool. And then invariably the suggestion falls right out of your head? Well, that happens to me often and when, over dinner in the Seville hostel we were both staying in Clare, an Aussie mentioned San Telmo, there was a high chance I’d forget. Even though she described a heavenly aubergine and goats cheese tapa which sounded delicious and whole-heartedly pressed the need for me to visit. However, the next day, chatting to 19 year old American Korean Daniel, he also went into gushing detail about this amazing restaurant that I just had to go to. He’d already eaten there twice and was even going there for his lunch that afternoon, ‘the ox tail was incredible’.
So, finally, after an amazing 4 nights in beautiful Sevilla – my newest favourite city in Spain, I was packed up and had a few hours to kill before my bus down south. I decided, on a bit of a whim to try and find San Telmo using my rubbish internet connection on my phone. After slightly miscalculating where I was going, dying from the 34 degree heat and with barely an hour or so to spare before my bus left, suddenly it became imperative that I found the place and ate of their fabled food. In short, I am so glad I did, it was the best food I ate in Spain during 3 weeks of Andalucian meals.
It’s lunchtime, and I am on holiday so I found a seat outside and naturally I ordered a glass of wine while I set about picking from the tapas on offer. First up, the aubergine and goats cheese tower, it was highly recommended and I adore goats cheese so why not? Followed by the filo pastry ox tail too because, well I’m feeling brave! And finally, a third small plate, a marinated tuna steak on a bed of seaweed, served with wasabi if you please – yes!
Nothing to do but sit back and wait, watching the world go by and trying not to freak out about the ticking clock. I don’t think my photographs do the food justice, or the great waiting staff, or the casual relaxed atmosphere and brilliantly affordable prices but I’ve added them all in below anyway. And now, please excuse me while I wax lyrical about the actually most delicious tapas I have EVER eaten.
The creamy, thick slab of goats cheese, towered between a juicy slab of tomato and a taste sensation of an aubergine, a sliver of smoked salmon covered with a frankly indecent amount of cheese. Fantastic, especially with a sip of red wine. I seriously could eat this every day.
Next up, the gorgeous filo pastry pocket, full of stewed ox tail. It’s described on the menu as tenderly stewed and the first bite through the crisp filo pastry into the succulent stewed beef is testimony to some incredible tender loving cooking. The gravy surrounding the meat is sensational with a hearty flavour and melt in the mouth texture.
And finally, on the list, a clean, simple tuna steak, marinated, seared with just the exactly right amount of pinkly gorgeous colour through the middle and served with caramalised onion, seaweed and wasabi. Sound like a crazy mix? Tastes fabulous!
It was a gorgeous meal, one of my favourite solo restaurant adventures while in Spain and one I fully intend to return to on my next trip to Sevilla.
Here’s the link to San Telmo, my number one Spanish restaurant!