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Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown – Pt2

Posted in Dessert and Pastries, Fine Dining, Seafood, Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by belltowngirl
Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown

Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown

One of my best friends was in town and I wanted to take him to Taberna del Alabardero restaurant in Belltown because I know he hasn’t tried traditional spanish cuisine – he loved it!  The manager and sommelier were extremely friendly.  They were very informative and explained all the spanish dishes we ordered and even showed us upstairs where a fireside room is held for private events.  First we decided to try two reds:  2007 Luna Beberide($10) from the Bierzo region and is a Mencia varietal and the 2005 Moristel de Alquezar and is a Moristel varietal($8).  The Mencia was full-bodied with light tannins, and spicy blue fruits – my current favorite.  We then moved forward to try some tapas.  If you like prosciutto…read on.  We decided to try the Tostada de Jamon Iberico a la Catalana ($7.50)  which is an Iberico ham on a toast rubbed with fresh tomatoes.  This appetizer is listed under Pinchos, in Spanish means small slice of bread which is similar to that of Bruschetta.  The Iberico de Bellota is a dry cured ham from the Iberico pig.  There are many different grades of Jamon Iberico depending on the diet of the pig,  and the most expensive grade is the “de Bellota.”  The Jamon Iberico de Bellota, the Holy Grail of ham is one of the pricest hams in the world and just recently became available in America in fall of 2007.   In the spring, the pig eats mushrooms and in the fall it consumes acorns.  This all natural diet of the iberico pig is one of the factors from its quality of meat that produces a more tender and flavorful one than prosciutto. It produces a marbled meat with fat that has a sweet and nutty flavor and melts onto the bread perfectly – My all time current favorite tapa dish. 

Luna Beberide Mencia, Moristel de Alquezar - Taberna del Alabardero

Luna Beberide Mencia, Moristel de Alquezar - Taberna del Alabardero

Jamon Iberico de Bellota - Taberna del Alabardero

Jamon Iberico de Bellota - Taberna del Alabardero

Next we tried the Brocheta de Pulpo y Colas de Langostinos($6) which is an Octopus and King Prawn Brochette.  Drizzled with Spanish olive oil and a tangy sauce that complimented the seafood very well.  

Octopus and King Prawn Brochette - Taberna del Alabardero

Octopus and King Prawn Brochette - Taberna del Alabardero

A different twist…we tried a refreshing chilled shot of Gazpacho($5) – Very healthy concoction.  Typically, it is a drink consumed during the summer months in Spain.  Now, when I first tried this even after a couple sips, this is still an acquired taste…for me that is.  It was very fulfilling and you can really taste the cucumber flavor.  Generally, the Gazpacho recipe comprises of cucumber, tomato, onion, green and red pepper, olive oil, and sherry vinegar.  Overall, this was fulfilling, very healthy and would try it again – maybe during the summertime.

Gazpacho shots - Taberna del Alabardero

Gazpacho shots - Taberna del Alabardero

Last, but not least…can’t leave without trying desert!  We tried the Leche Frita a la Canela which is fried milk squares with cinnamon($8). – Oh my gosh….this is incredibly good.  It had a thick custard inside with a crisp fried outer shell.  It is very much melt in your mouth delicious and I can eat a dozen of these bite size fried milk squares.  Overall, I immensely enjoyed the Spanish cuisine here at Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown and will keep you posted on more unique dishes to come!

Fried Milk Squares with Cinnamon - Taberna del Alabardero

Fried Milk Squares with Cinnamon - Taberna del Alabardero

Taberna del Alabardero website (Belltown):  http://www.alabardero.com/seattle/index.html

Address:  2328 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 (Cross st is Battery st.)

Tel:  206 448-8884

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