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Parador de Carmona Restaurant
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Ranked #13 of 64 Restaurants in Carmona
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Initial Surly service led by Maître D' did not bode well for the meal.
Our starter was a brown glue like local dish which was not appetising and bland.
When our main course of fish arrived mine was dry and overlooked my companion's was half cooked raw in places and cold. When returned it was simply put under the grill and sent back to our table.
Desserts were fine mainly bought in and fruit but acceptable.
When we complained we were dealt with poorly as we guessed would happen.
One of the worst experiences I've had

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Thank scottcarson
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at the Parador itself and it is wonderful - see separate review.

The restaurant is a different story. We tried the 40 EUR tasting menu the first night. Food was ok but not stunning. It was the off hand and surly service and lack of ambience that ruined the experience. Plates were almost thrown onto the table, waiters were having conversations in raised voices across the room, the room itself is impressive but echoes badly, plates were being piled onto trolleys and shunted around the room. A good meal is about more than the food, it's about the experience. This reminded me of Butlins holiday camps when I was a boy back in the 1960s.

Second night we went to La Yedra 200m away and had the kind of experience we'd hoped for in the Parador. I suggest you also try La Yedra.

Thank Malc N
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

It is a challenge to travel and sample cuisines that are not the same as we could get back in the states, so when we titled this review with the affirmative "yes, the best meals we have ever had" it is truly saying a lot. I would like to preface that we had the luxury of dining at the Parador 5 times over the course of our stay at the magnificent castle, and all of the dishes were superb. The croquettes with cheese potato and bacon filling we're great as was the cold soup (their version of gazpacho). The meat cannelloni found on the starters menu was enormous and was topped with a delicious cream sauce. We liked this dish in particular so much that we ordered it on three different occasions, but all of these dishes were just stepping stones toward the pantheon of fantastic dishes.

There were two fantastic dishes. The first was the roasted leg of lamb. This exquisite dish paired what was the freshest leg of lamb we had ever experienced with an herb marinade and slow roasted. The meat not only fell off of the bone, it melted in your mouth. It wasn't fatty or sinewy, it was the perfect lamb dish.

The second dish was the veal entrecôte. For some of you who don't care for veal, see above for the lamb, otherwise I would strongly, strongly suggest this particular dish. I have never had such a thick, melt in your mouth cut of veal like this before and am currently seeking out butchers back home to get the cut so that we can replicate it. This dish, by itself, will forever be emblazoned in my recollections. This was the best veal dish that I have ever experienced.

The restaurant itself is situated in a castle on top of the highest point in Carmona. It overlooks vast plains where in medieval times the residence of this magnificent structure could see invaders 3 days away. The service is that of fine dining and they have menus in different languages (including English). They offer a prefix faire consisting of a starter, main course and dessert - the dishes were so big that we could never get to the desserts - and it runs only 30 Euro. A bargain!

Enjoy the view, the food and the service and if you're ever stuck with what you would like...try the veal :)

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Thank PopeDrefoe
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Breakfast here is much as you would expect with the usual selection of cold plates and a limited hot service.
We also had dinner here and if anything were somewhat disappointed.
Our starters (two meat cannelloni, an interesting soup and a cheese platter) were quite pleasant but the main courses lacked quality. My wife had a veal escalope which was really a very fatty and unappealing chop.
Desserts were a wide choice of small tasty cakes and pastries of which we had a number. They were very good.

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Lovely room with vaulted ceiling and windows with great views. Breakfast standard parador fare and good. Lunch and dinner much better than the average parador - as witnessed by the number of locals from Seville who use it, especially at weekends. Service first class and the staff very friendly and helpful. Good range on the menu. No hesitation in recommending.

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