Restaurante conTenedor, Seville, 1/20/18

exterior
exterior

Restaurante conTenedor is a good sized place with only a chalkboard menu that is propped on a chair on top a mini-chair.   Bare wood tables are set with medium sized cloth napkins and a variety of chairs.  It is fairly bright with a really lively atmosphere and a good amount of art on the walls, exposed duct work and no musical background.  When the place filled the noise level was significant probably because there are few absorptive surfaces.  There is an old looking machine at the front that is used to print a business card for you, that declares it is a slow food restaurant.  Service was helpful, efficient and super friendly.   We shared a number of items that were well recommended by our fabulous server Mercedes, who also provided great translations of the menu.  

interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
window into kitchen
window into kitchen
variety of tables and chairs
variety of tables and chairs
variety of tables and chairs
variety of tables and chairs
Frankie sniffed the table flowers
Frankie sniffed the table flowers
menu
menu
little chair props up menu
little chair props up menu

 

Tables are set with olives.  The bread had some denseness with a good crispy crust but was just okay.  Seville is not a city for great bread.

olives
olives
bread
bread
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
Frankie posed with their filtered water
Frankie posed with their filtered water

 

Ensalada de Caqui Asados con Habitas y Espinacas Eco was a salad of greens with persimmon, peas, beans and “cooked onion”.  It was refreshing and the dressing was vaguely reminiscent of “French”. It could have been mixed more in the kitchen to make it easier to serve and eat but that can be done at the table if you don’t mind a bit of mess.  It was very nice and tasty.

salad
Ensalada de Caqui Asados con Habitas y Espinacas Eco – salad
closer
closer
another side
another side
one more shot
one more shot
Frankie posed on the red shelf
Frankie posed on the red shelf

 

Boletus and shitake mushrooms were prepared with an “ajoblanco, crema de chirimoya tostada y hojas de mostaza eco.”  This all combined to be a custard apple sauce that was pink with 2 types of mushroom, boletus and shitake, almonds and a white garlic sauce.  Both mushrooms blended great with the sauce.  It was mild yet strongly flavored if that makes any sense.  It was overall quite good.

mushrooms
Boletus y shitake en dos texturas con ajoblanco, crema de chirimoya tostada y hojas de mostaza
closer
closer
another angle
another angle
Frankie was fascinated by the red sink
Frankie was fascinated by the red sink

 

“Chuletón de vaca vieja retinita con papas al romero, limon, chalotas y romesco”  roughly translates to a Romanesco sauce  with a southern cow’s  t-bone steak served with potatoes and kumquats.  It was an aged tasting beef with some parts of the meat quite tender.  Parts of the fat showed definite aging.  Not all parts were equally tender and the knives they served were woefully inadequate.  Alongside was a sauce that wasn’t nearly as spicy as it looked.  The potatoes and onions were very tasty.  The onions had been browned to a caramelized state and the kumquats on the plate were a completely surprising taste that was really fun.  It was a huge plate of food and could only be ordered for 2 people.  We had considered adding one more dish to our order and the server was right to steer us away from that plan.

steak
Chuletón de vaca vieja retinita con papas al romero, limon, chalotas y romesco – steak
closer
closer
Frankie likes it rare
Frankie likes it rare
side vegetables
side vegetables:  potatoes, onions and kumquats
closer
closer
another side
another side
Frankie checked what didn't get eaten
Frankie checked what didn’t get eaten
filled up
filled up room
filled up
filled up room
Frankie sniffed the sauce
Frankie sniffed the sauce

 

We finished with a chocolate tart that was made with hazelnuts, toffee and caramel sauce and topped with mango ice cream.  The chocolate was like a giant piece of ganache but more creamy  It was rich and a good sweet fix.

dessert menu
dessert menu
dessert
Tarta de chocolate con especias toffee, avellanas y helado mango
Frankie shouldn't eat chocolate
Frankie shouldn’t eat chocolate
other side
other side
from the top
from the top
peek in the kitchen
peek in the kitchen
money wall
money wall
receipt printing machine
receipt printing machine
Waitress and Frankie
Waitress and Frankie

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