Abantal – What the Spanish Do Best

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.

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The meal started with some delicious amuse bouche and bread:

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…and then the meal:

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Tomato, cod fish
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“traditional dressing carrots”
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oyster with cream of corn and dill, apple, cashew
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spinach, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus
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razor clam

Then finally, the dish I had been waiting for all night, and it did not disappoint!

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cod
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Iberian pork “Oreo”
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spiced potato, oxtail, egg yolk, mushrooms
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suckling goat leg

Wheew.  Next the desserts:

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yogurt foam, strawberries
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fennel frappe, coriander sponge
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chocolate

…and finally, some petite fours

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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

 

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