My wife and I were walking down from the Flamenco Museum to the Cathedral when, at Piacentes, we spotted an attractive Tapas Restaurant sporting the Red Disc of a Guide Michelin recommendation. We were not really hungry and had some fine chops in the apartment refrigerator to cook when we got back. We had never had a decent Tapas despite several experimental run-ins with the genre, and the prospect of tasting a little bite of something interesting with the Michelin moniker was irresistible. Just one each, we agreed. The place was deserted at 7.15 pm as we entered and remained so. A number of cold dishes were prominently displayed in a glass case and we selected two: large handsome-looking prawns on bed of creamy potato and codfish; and a piquant seafood salad. Both came with generous portions, and the quality was remarkable. We decided to alter our earlier decision and tried two hot Tapas. One was spinach with sea-cod flakes and the other was a "Moorish Kebab". The first proved to be chick peas more than the two named ingredients, but the Kebab was very spicy in the best possible way ---- accompanied by cold potatoes marinated in olive oil, and a mixture of dried out sliced carrots and peas that was tasteless. But 3 out of 4 were beyond our expectations, and the wine was of decent quality ---- a white from Huelva and a Red Rioja. The price per glass was a stiff E3.50, while the Tapas were reasonably marked up at E3.35. Service by a sole waiter was efficient and gracious, and the place had great atmosphere and was spotless. Our aversion to Tapas has been severely dented.
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