Casa Morales, Seville, has been serving up local wines and tapas with style for the past 165 years, and shows no sign of slowing down. And Gusto Guides‘ crack team of bar hoppers are going to stick our necks out and nominate this as our favourite tapas spot in the Andalucian capital (not to mention the second oldest in the city).
We loved Casa Morales’ quirky layout – a bar made up of two good-sized rooms, one with rickety little tables and chairs and the other a standing room only type place. The two bar rooms are separated by the bar, and for punters to get between the two they have to head out to the street and round the corner.
The decor is old-school and little has changed since Casa Morales opened, including the clientele – we met one local who had been drinking here since the 60s and still seemed happy enough propping up the solid wooden bar. Likewise, the bar is still run by the same family that opened the place back in 1850.
In the back room, the tables and chairs sit alongside gigantic earthenware jars (we’re talking 3-metre monsters) that line the walls, and which the bartenders would climb up and dip into for wine as it was ordered. Sadly this is no longer the case due to health and safety measures, although the waiters seem sprightly enough to give it a go.
The tapas are excellent and the paper-thin Jamon de Bellota is fragrant and delicious. Although this isn’t the place to come if you want a Menu del Dia or a big hearty plate of something, the tapas menu (also chalked onto the side of one of those great big jars of wine) is long enough to satisfy the greediest of diners.
The drinks menu is also good – with local favourites including oloroso and manzanilla, and prices from just €1 per glass, bottles of vermouth from €8 and fino from €7. If you’re feeling flash, champagne starts at €18 for a bottle of Mumm.
When we were there, Casa Morales was full of locals – but it is equally convenient for tourists, situated in between the Maestranza bull ring and Seville’s great gothic cathedral.
- 1 Tapa of jamón de bellota (serrano ham)
- 1 Tapa of albóndigas (Spanish meatballs)
- 1 Moscatel
- 1 Manzanilla de la casa
- Total: €8.20
Address: Casa Morales, Calle García de Vinuesa 11, 41001 Sevilla
Tel: +34 954 22 12 42