A Friday afternoon stroll to Triana to look for a new food dish for Morcilla (don’t ask) turned into a delightful surprise visit to brand new tapas bar and restaurant Alfarería 21. This is part of a larger project by Paco Arcas, who owns the nearby Las Golondrinas bars, which will include a boutique hotel. The entire project comprises 3-4 buildings and I was first shown around the site a few years ago, before construction had begun. Then in March Paco took me on another tour of the site and the transformation was stunning.
Anyhow, it turned out that the Alfarería 21, housed in the old Casa Montalván ceramics factory, had just opened the previous day and so of course I couldn’t resist stopping for a couple of tapas and a chat with Paco. The menu is still provisional and so changes will be made, most likely to include separate menus for the bar area downstairs and the first floor restaurant. And the hotel is due to open soon. The rooms I saw in March were gorgeous – can’t wait to go on an overnight “staycation”. More photos below…
Palo Cortao opened two years ago in a teeny-tiny spot in El Arenal, and it was an instant success. Run by husband & wife team Ana and Ángel, it specialized in charcuterie and luxe tinned fish, along with a handful of exquisite tapas prepared by Ángel in a “kitchen” that was the size of a small closet. It also had an amazing wine list, including some wonderful sherries.
Yesterday I received a message from A & A saying that Friday was going to be their last day (!!) so I hurried over to say goodbye. Turns out it wasn’t the sad affair I thought it might be. It’s actually good news as Ana and Ángel have been planning to move to bigger and better premises but just haven’t had time to look while still working. So they are going to take a couple months off to find a perfect spot and then reopen as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing Palo Cortao chapter two.
co-owners Sandra & Nacho
Yesterday morning as I was scrolling around Twitter I saw a friend’s post about a new hotel and bar that had just opened in Sevilla. So later on when I was looking for a destination for an evening stroll I decided to wander over to the Alameda and check it out. Turned out I walked right into the hotel’s opening party!
The Corner House boutique hotel and adjoining El Disparate tapas bar are the latest from dynamic duo Sandra and Nacho, co-owners of one of Sevilla’s better restaurants, El Gallinero de Sandra, which they founded in 1993. The Corner House took just nine months from conception to reality (“Just like a baby!” said Nacho) and it looks like a fun and stylish addition to the barrio. I’ll be back again soon to take a tour of the hotel (just 12 rooms), the rooftop and – of course – try the tapas. Meanwhile, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening.