When it comes to gastronomy, the Spanish are known for a few things.
First, there are tapas which is a fun experience, but gets old rather quick. There are of course, traditional dishes like Paella, and Iberico ham, which to me are good, but not worthy of a trip to Spain. For me, what Spain does really really well, and worth a trip to Spain, are creative, multi course tasting menus.
This brings us to Abantal which is located in Seville. It has one Michelin Star. What I loved about Abantal was:
- everything was delicious
- the service was excellent
- the food was not overly gimmicky which can happen especially in Spain (it was after all, the home of El Bulli and “molecular gastronomy”); this kind of food can be fun, but not when its overly done
- the wine recommendations were fantastic
- the price was reasonable and excellent value
- although it was a long menu, the portions were correct and at the end of the meal, I did not feel stuffed, just right
We opted for the Grand Daily Chef Tasting Menu.
The meal started with some delicious amuse bouche and bread:
…and then the meal:
Then finally, the dish I had been waiting for all night, and it did not disappoint!
Wheew. Next the desserts:
…and finally, some petite fours
Unlike other tasting menus, which I am happy to experience once, this was an experience AND made me want to return. As mentioned above, there were so many positives to this meal. Highly recommended. 10/10