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Published August 4th 2019
An oasis of tapas in between walks
If you've made it to Seville, you've likely already spent some time in one of the larger, urban areas of Spain. Here in the region of Andalusia, you'll notice a distinctly different culture and a more relaxed vibe. What better place to wander around, and have a drink and a nibble in between walking?
Nestled away from the busier parts of Seville, "Las Teresas" (Calle Santa Teresa, 2 - 41004 - Seville) is an exquisite tapas bar found in the Jewish Quarter with its winding streets, cobblestones and plethora of excellent food options.
Depending where you are staying, it can take a little time to orient yourself in this part of town (Google Maps won't always be able to follow your exact route or show you which street to take), but your best bet is to look for the Alcazar (an old local castle's keep) and use that as a point of reference.
Tapas here in Seville are arguably some of the best you will find in the Iberian peninsula, and the little corner bar called Las Teresas is renowned for its quick and tasty bites.
Stepping inside for the first time, I was struck by the old saloon bar, and the cured ham hanging above. Service is very quick, but you'll need to make a choice between drinking outside and people watching, or sitting inside and eating tapas as they will only serve food at the bar.
If this is the first place you're drinking at in Andalusia, then just be aware that beer only comes in one size. Unlike in Madrid, where you'll have to order by size (can or pint), here just order una cerveza and they'll bring you a tankard of fresh tap beer (2 EUR). No more questions, and the beer's with you that much sooner.
Spanish beer is clear and crisp, very refreshing and pairs perfectly with any kind of tapas.
If you're not a beer drinker, don't order a sangria; try a tinto de verano(2 EUR) instead. Translated as "summer red", it's a lot lighter than sangria (equal parts red wine and light lemonade) and locals actually do drink it.
So, onto the food menu. It was quite small, and the dishes on offer are offered in three sizes, tapa, media, or ración (small, medium and large, in that order).
After you've tried tapas in a few places in Spain, you'll notice that the choices are fairly similar between different establishments. What's on offer tends to depend on what part of the country you're in, and that region's produce and fare.
We ended up eating at Las Teresas on two occasions, due to the quality of the food.
Solomillo al whiskey / Pork fillet in whiskey sauce (3 EUR)
Tender and flavoursome, Solomillo al whiskey was my favourite
The pork fillet in whiskey sauce was served quickly (both times, it was slid across the bar within a few minutes of order it) and maybe a little messily. The taste more than makes up for the presentation, and we saw more than a few other diners order this dish while we ate. Pork fillet isn't something I eat a lot of, but it paired beautifully with the whiskey reduction, as well as the crispy roast potatoes on the side.
The prawns cooked in a confit of garlic and oil took a little bit longer, but it was obvious that the reason for this was that they were cooked to order. The prawns weren't quite as large as those we had had earlier in Portugal, but they were certainly fresh. Be warned (although most people are already aware of how the smell of garlic prawns stays with you overnight); as this garlic isn't totally frazzled to a crisp, it is even more powerful than normal. Warn your travelling buddies, or make them eat some too.
Espinacas con garbanzos / Spinach with chickpeas (3 EUR)
Spinach with chickpeas wasn't something I normally would think of combining, but this was a dish that we loved and tried at a few venues. Las Teresas had our favourite, but we thought that the serving size could have been a little bigger. The addition of cumin really made it something special.