Very often we warn our guests not to go to certain restaurants as they are well known tourist traps. Tourist Traps are places were you pay a lot for low quality food, where the staff’s interest might not be you and where it takes either ages to be served (‘my colleague is with you in a minute’) or all the courses arrive almost at the same time. The other thing they have in common is the close proximity to points of tourist interest such as beaches and sightseeing highlights. If you have places where the inventory of tourists refreshes by the day (e.g. Ronda, with its many one day guests that stay at the Costa) the Tourist Trap Trade is even worse.
Armed with all this knowledge we went Tuesday to Sevilla where we wanted to celebrate Miranda´s birthday a bit. After a business meeting and a stroll through the old centre it was time for a bite and we decided to have lunch in a different place than the usual ones that we advise our guests to go to. One has to try new things. We ended at Restaurant El Giradillo overlooking the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes and the iconic bell tower of the cathedral called La Giralda.
As a starter we ordered Melon with Ham and Beef Carpaccio and as main courses Tuna and Chicken with Garlic to drink 2 glasses of white wine. The fact that the Beef Carpaccio turned out to be Tomato Carpaccio, the Melon wasn´t sweet, the Tuna was overcooked and the Chicken dry didn´t bothered us that much. A waiter inferring in our conversation was new to me, but may be couleur locale and the old bread didn´t taste that bad after all.
However when presented the bill we had to pay for the coubierto (cutlery), the bread, the Beef Carpaccio we didn´t have, EUR 6,00 for a handful of patatas fritas and of course too much for too little water. A grand total of EUR 99,70. This was of course including the EUR 2,00 extra on every part of the meal for having it on the ‘terrace’, which means on the side walk.
Adding it all up it was clear to us, they had done it, or rather we. All the signals were there and we were still trapped. And do they care? I guess not as the day after the terrace must have been full with the next load of tourists.
May be the next time we better put on money where our mouth is and go to the places that we advise ourselves.