Taberna del Alabardero – new Spanish restaurant in Belltown

Cascadia, welcome Taberna del Alabardero!   A new traditional Spanish restaurant just had their soft opening on Dec. 10, 2008 in the heart of Belltown on 1st Avenue.  It has a romantic setting with warm tones of gold, red, and brown with paintings of Spanish heritage. 

Campellares 2007 Tempranillo - Taberna del Alabardero
Campellares 2007 Tempranillo – Taberna del Alabardero

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First and foremost, have to order wine first;)  I have a general knowledge of Spanish wines and asked if there was something similar to Finca Valpiedra from the Rioja Alta.  One of the awesome bartenders, Michael offered us a Campellares 2007(from the Rioja Alta and is a Tempranillo varietal).  I like….very intense red and dark berry flavors with spices and a good smooth finish.  Great Spanish red to drink with tapas.  They gave us a Tortilla Espanola($10) which is a potato and egg omelette.  It was served cold and  it had a sweet, rich taste to it.  

Now, if you are into a little more daring dishes like me (squab, foie gras, sweetbread) read on…  We tried the Mollejas Glaseadas, Gambas Salteadas con Ajo y Naranjo($13.50) which is a beef sweet bread, garlic shrimp and orange.  It had a very moist, velvety texture with a tangy flavor to it.  This Spanish style sweetbread has intense, tangy flavor that I will definitely be back for.  If you want to try real traditional Spanish cuisine, check out Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown. 

Taberna del Alabardero website:  http://www.alabardero.com/seattle.html 

Address:  2328 1st Ave in Belltown  (Cross st. is Battery st.) 

Tel: (206) 448-8884

Happy Hour:  Mon – Fri (3pm-6pm)  50% off tapas, sangria, and pitchers.

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