If you read my last post, which obviously I hope you did, you will know that Luke and I recently spent the weekend in Seville. As it was the first time we had been able to see each other since I moved to Spain seven weeks previously, we decided to act as though we weren’t university students for an evening, and treat ourselves to a very fancy date night.
*Before we go any further, I want to apologise for the quality of the photos in this post. I could blame the poor lighting in the restaurant, but honestly I took the pictures without the intention of writing about our meal. So, enjoy and don’t judge my photography skills to harshly, please!*
I do love a good meal out, and I also enjoy going for a more up-market option every now and then. My favourite place to do this in the UK is The Crazy Bear and I have now found my favourite place (so far) for classy dining in Spain: Maria Trifulca.
Maria Trifulca is situated on one of the bridges that crosses over the river in Seville. We decided on trying it based purely on how pretty it looks from the outside, and the gorgeous views it would offer of the river whilst we ate. We didn’t make a reservation, which in hindsight I would definitely recommend if you know that this is the restaurant you are going to be eating at.
We were able to get a table near the bar, which was perfect for people watching and chatting and I’m sure was much cosier than some of the outdoor tables by the river. Ideally, I would have dined on the heated, outdoor roof terrace, but tables there are by reservation only.
On the night in question (a Saturday), Maria Trifulca was full. People were being turned away at the door if they didn’t have a reservation. I was seriously thankful that we turned up pretty early for what is considered dinner time in Spain (9pm or later, if you’re wondering)!
As we were going all out, Luke and I treated ourselves to three courses each. We shared the first, a platter of carpaccio, which the waiter prepared for us at the table. By this, I mean that the toppings of truffle and tomato were spread across the meat, which was then folded and sliced into bite-size portions for us, there and then. After the waiter had shown us the technique, we had a go ourselves. Safe to say neither of us did it anywhere near as impressively.
I will also mention here that Maria Trifulca is one of the only restaurants in Spain, that I have visited so far, which offered a basket of warm, freshly baked bread when you sat down, rather than cold, sliced baguette and/or breadsticks. Obviously, this was no good for me, but Luke was in his element.
When our main courses arrived at our tables, I have to say that I thought I had ordered the wrong meal. My cod confit looked delicious, but appeared smaller and not quite as enticing as Luke’s steak. Looks can be highly deceiving, though.
My fish was delicious: tender, perfectly seasoned and really filling. I can imagine that it was as fresh as you can get it, as well, seeing as we were right next to a river and across the street from Triana’s fresh food market.
As I had originally suspected, Luke’s steak was fantastic as well. It was perfectly cooked, just the right size to fill you up without being too big of a portion, and very well presented. As you can tell, we were dead impressed so far!
Dessert was the cherry on top of the cake for me. So many restaurants offer, quite frankly, terrible dessert options for gluten free eaters like me. Maria Trifulca is not one of these restaurants.
For his third course, Luke went for his typical choice of a warm chocolate cake. I was a little more adventurous with my selection of the white chocolate eggs with mango. Sounds interesting, right?
This has to be one of the most visually-appealing dishes that I have ever been served, and it tasted pretty amazing too. Two white chocolate eggs, filled with white chocolate ice cream and mango sauce (as egg yolk, get it?), sat on a bed of frozen berries and shredded chocolate. CALORIE FULED HEAVEN.
If I’m honest I don’t know if any of you, my readers, are based in Spain. But if you are, or if by any chance you are planning a trip to Seville, definitely give Maria Trifulca a go. I highly recommend it!
I will leave you with this picture of Seville, more specifically the view of Seville from Las Setas. I took this on my GoPro a few weeks ago, but only just found it when importing files over to my laptop. I love it, so wanted to post it somewhere!