LaBien Aparecida, Madrid, 1/21/18

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LaBien Aparecida opened  2 years in October 2016 and is a large place on several floors.  Our upstairs area had lower lighting with beige and gray tones with soft background music in both Spanish and English.  Tables are set with cloth runners and matching napkins.  The room is decorated with interesting wood frames that arch across the ceiling.  Service was efficient but slightly cold – maybe they did not speak much English, but then I didn’t see much interaction with any table other than from the woman who took your order.  At times the pacing seemed rushed, to the point that plates were taken as soon as you downed your last bite.   Continue reading

Restaurante conTenedor, Seville, 1/20/18

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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.   Continue reading

La Taberna Del Rey, Seville, 1/20/18

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La Taberna Del Rey was close to our hotel down one of the countless winding streets in Seville.  It is a really tiny place that had only been open 9 months but it belongs to a family with another place in town that has been around 9 years.  It was very neat with a few small tables and several stools at a counter.  They serve enough food to get a reasonable snack and have a huge array of beverages.  The owner was behind the counter and he couldn’t have been friendlier.   It is an incredibly cozy place with classical music in the background, low lights where all feel welcome.   Continue reading

Espacio Eslava, Seville, 1/19/18

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Espacio Eslava is a two sided restaurant.  One side is tapas only and the other is a white tablecloth, reservations only restaurant offering tapas as well as appetizers and full plates.  It is small – only about 9 tables – with soft background music and friendly waiters, although they had limited command of English.  Tables are well spaced and service is nicely paced.  At the restaurant side you can order any of the tapas served next door in addition to your regular menu options.  The waiter heavily encouraged us to try the 3 highlighted tapas written up as part of the menu.   Continue reading

La Azotea, Seville, 1/19/18

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La Azotea is a tiny place with about about 6 small tables and around a dozen stools at the bar.  It is mostly a tapas place with lots of fresh seafood  with really friendly staff.  One wall of the place is windows out to the street and the wall opposite has a window that looks into the kitchen.  They have a printed menu but most ordering seemed to be from the waiter involving what was fresh that day.  Seafood is sold by weight or by piece.  The set up is basic with paper napkins and no table cloth but the waiters happily changed out the plates with each course and often brought clean napkins and flatware.  There is some background music but the place filled in no time with customers even waiting to take our seats.   It was a totally fun experience to sit at the bar and watch the action as well as interact with the staff.   Continue reading

Dos D Mayo, Seville, 1/19/18

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Dos D Mayo is a large tapas bar with plenty of both indoor (high top and regular height tables) and outdoor seating.  It is an old school kind of place, no waiters – you order at the counter and they will bring it out if it’s not too busy.  A beautiful tile floor and dispensers of paper napkins are the room set up.  Two sides of the interior are windows to the crowded streets outside.  It has a large menu and one also available in English with pictures.  We stopped for just a quick snack.  Maybe it was the un-inviting atmosphere that made the food here seem to have no soul. Continue reading

En La Espero Te Esquina, Seville, 1/18/18

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En La Espero Te Esquina is a deceptively large place, but you wouldn’t guess it by the windows to the street.  It is on one of the little tangled streets we walked through and stopped in for a snack and a glass of wine.  It was pretty empty late in the evening but they do have a kitchen that cooks food to order and a fair selection of beverages.  The menu was on a chalkboard and included many options we saw at other places.  You placed your order at the counter and he brought it out to you.  The guy working there did not speak much English and less than friendly, but in his defense he seemed to do much better with those that spoke fluent Spanish.   Continue reading