We found the ConTenedor Restaurant completely by accident – just walking past on a Monday evening and saw the ‘slow food’ subtitle that we recognised from many quality, locally-sourced food, restaurants in Bologna, Italy.
The place was busy for a Monday and the only seats available were side-by-side at a counter area – these turned out to be great seats and we booked those for our subsequent visits.
The counter (behind the seated diner) has four seats.
Our waitress was really helpful, friendly and spoke perfect English. We talked about the wines we liked and she let us try a couple before we chose a favourite. The white Castro Valdes wine was 3.50 EUR a glass or 17 EUR a bottle. The red was a similar price. A bottle of filtered water was 1 EUR – sometimes we had free refills, sometimes were charged, last visit no charge at all.
Drinks, olives and bread arrived. Our waitress returned with a chalkboard listing that day’s menu in Spanish. She described every menu item with passion and made everything sound delicious. We opted for a wild boar dish (Tataki) 17 EUR and the ConTenedor signature dish which I think was 15 EUR. Everything was excellent.
Our next visit was very similar, although there was a live guitar player. This time we had a waiter who also carefully explained the menu. We shared one main and had room for pudding.
Our last visit, we had a different waitress, who was slightly less keen to explain the entire menu, but still friendly. This time we had a cured fish plate and some duck.
I was the only person who had the oysters and although they tasted fine, my stomach didn’t like them later. But don’t let that put you off as I was either unlucky or over-sensitive.
ConTenedor is more expensive than many other places in Seville, but definitely worth a visit. You’ll need to book as it’s almost always full.
Calle San Luis, 50, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Phone 954 916 333