Seville: amazing gourmet tapas!

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If I had to choose one favourite meal in Seville, it would be a tough decision, but I think this lunch at Eslava would be my choice.

I had lots of fabulous food during my week in Spain, but the combination of gourmet tapas, great service and the atmosphere here made this lunch very special.

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The restaurant was packed when I arrived, and I thought I was early, but a nice flirty waiter (my favourite kind) found me a spot inside the tapas bar, perfect for people (and food) watching.

No sooner had I ordered a glass of wine until it arrived with a bowl of olives. I love that! I feel that Spaniards must easily get hungry too; as you’re always presented with bread and/or olives as soon as you sit down at a table.

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As you can see it was busy indeed, and a long queue that I managed to jump thanks to my waiter.

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My first dish was the award-winning slow cooked egg yolk on boletus soufflé with caramalised wine sauce and it was AMAZING!

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This is not a tapas for sharing – order one each!

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The next special dish on the menu is this cigar with brie and cuttlefish – a very strange combination of flavours but it totally works!

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After the first two must-have plates I felt I had to choose the next dish very carefully as it would most likely be my last here. (Sometimes I curse my inability to eat lots at one time; I’m more of a eat often but smaller portions type of girl.)

The courgette Charlotte with a garlicky sauce was just the thing to finish off my meal. More subtle than the previous dishes it still held its own and was very satisfying. Definitely one for sharing though as very filling.

I left the restaurant very content and ready to take in another day walking around the beautiful city. But as I’m writing this, I’m already dying to go back for another meal!

Eslava, Calle Eslava, 3, 41002 Sevilla, Spain

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A simple yet classy canapé

If you want to make quick canapés, I know the perfect shortcut. These crustades you can get in Waitrose (by the crackers) and fill them with anything you want to create a gorgeous canapé. Only thing you need to think about is that if the filling is at all moist, you should fill them just before serving.

I filled these crustades with some ripe brie, but the tray in the oven and baked them for a few minutes, until the cheese has melted. Add a little green fig preserve and you have a delicious canapé. Perfect to munch on while preparring supper.

Briestuffed crustades with fig jam

creamy ripe brie

crustades (get them from Waitrose, savoury biscuit aisle)

fig jam, I used Tip Tree’s green fig preserve

Trim the cheese of the crust. Cut into small cubes. Place one cheese cube in each crustade. Place in 200C oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top with 1/2 tsp fig preserve. Serve immediately.