I was so excited to find out this week that Lalola Taberna Gourmet had finally made the move from the far end of Los Remedios to the centre of town. In fact, just a short 11 minute walk from my house! It is located inside the very chic Hotel Palacio Conde de Torrejón, though it has its own entrance on the side. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
Then chef Javier Abascal sent me a message asking when I wanted to visit, and as I didn’t have a tour that evening I said I would see him then. I was expecting to just check things out, take some photos, maybe try a couple of tapas. But Javi had other ideas, and before long I was enjoying a private tasting menu with him, accompanied by lovely wines.
Being the Queen of Tapas does not suck. 🙂
- Olive pâté with olive bread toasts
- Ensaladilla with prawns, pimentón, fried eggs
- Live lettuce salad with radishes, onions, lagarto Ibérico
- Ravioli filled with gambas and setas, manteca sauce
- Razor clams in Ibérico sauce
- Braised Ibérico pork cheek with curry potato purée
I was invited to the presentation of the book Ciencias de la Gastronomía by Almudena Villagas, which was held at the School of Hospitality. This was followed by some lovely snacks and wines (the latter from Montilla Moriles) overlooking the river. Fun meeting the author and seeing other friends there. I also bought a signed copy of the book to take home. Nice evening out. 🙂
[Cinta, daughter María, Inma, Estela]
My lovely friend, and former WLT colleague, Cinta Romero (on the left) has been running La Cochera del Abuelo since May 2016. Originally a coach house, for many years it was a small family-run bar called El Abuelo. When Cinta took it over she transformed it into a charming spot for private gastronomy and wine events, catered by some of the best chefs in the city.
This week her project has taken a new turn, with Cinta opening La Cochera to the public with set menus on Thursday-Friday-Saturday evenings. Chef Bosco Benitez Ruíz del Pozo is at the helm with sous-chef Pepe Muñoz. I was invited to opening night and this is what we had…
- Artisanal butter and tumeric bread
- Grilled chicken heart skewer with pancetta
- Red tuna, watercress salad, pineapple and peanut mojo sauce
- Scalded egg “flower” with truffle sauce
- Sea bass with a cream of peas and sautéed baby leeks
- Grilled beef with Café de Paris sauce, baked beetroot
- Cheese cake flan
The set menu is fantastic value at 30€ per person (drinks not included) and there is also a vegetarian menu available. We enjoyed some lovely manzanilla, cava and albariño with our meal – the wine list is short but very well thought out. Service is both professional and personal. It’s a great place to go for a special Sevilla dining experience. Reservations are a must as the cosy venue only holds 28 people.
La Cochera del Abuelo
Álvaro de Bázan 2
Tel +34 664 440 636
[chefs Bosco & Pepe]
Calçots are basically a type of green onion that are milder than regular onions, with a length of between 15 and 25 cm (white part). The Calçotada is an annual event in Catalonia celebrating the harvest of Calçots. They are grilled over a hot fire, wrapped up in newspaper to steam a bit, served on terra cotta tiles and eaten, after peeling with bare hands, by dipping them one by one in romesco sauce, accompanied by red wine and bread. Typically followed by a course of roasted lamb and sausage and white beans. For dessert, oranges and cava are served…