Café Sevilla on the outside:
Inside Café Sevilla:
Café Sevilla has a groovy interior, and dimly lit with almost a nightclub feel. Like everywhere else on the west coast, the service we received was friendly and helpful. The menu consisted mostly of tapas, which is great for sharing and variety.
Sangria, which was pretty potent and packed a punch. There was a choice of red or white sangria, and obviously we chose the red:
Seafood Crepe (US$9) with shrimp, scallop and clam in light lobster saffron sauce. This was a great little seafood plate, and I adored the lobster sauce that complemented the seafood crepe well:
Upon recommendation by our waitress, we ordered the Green Mussels Escabeche (US$7), served ceviche-style with Serrano pepper salsa. Tart and tasty:
One of the new menu items was the Stuffed Piquillo Peppers ($4 each or $10 for three). We ordered all three types - short rib, duxelles of mushroom and seafood. The short rib (pictured in the foreground) was tender and boldly flavoured, sure to please the tastebuds of red meat lovers:
Stuffed Piquillo Peppers #2 - the duxelles of mushroom was my favourite of the three. Beautiful earthy flavours:
Stuffed Piquillo Peppers #3 - the seafood one was nice, but be sure to eat this first as the other two stronger-flavoured stuffed peppers will overwhelm the subtlety of seafood flavours:
Black Paella en su Tinta (US$24) - Bomba black rice with seafood and drizzled with Alioli. The black comes from squid ink, which can stain! Stain factor aside, this dish was delicious, but a little bit too salty:
The Andalusian Chicken Salad (US$14) was a hefty bowl of mixed greens and grilled chicken dressed in a balsamic vinegar-orange dressing. It was a well-composed salad, and I loved the sweet juicy mango dices and the creamy avocado:
If you are in San Diego and you like tapas, Café Sevilla is not to be missed!
[Prices quoted above exclude additional taxes and tips.]
353 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel. +1 619 233 5979