Savoring España in Seattle

Savoring España in Seattle

Get whisked away by the warm flavors of summer in Spain. From sharable tapas, fresh seafood and traditionally prepared meats, the cuisine of Spain has a rich culture of regional cuisines. Treat your palate to authentic slow-cooked paella, rich Asturian cheeses, and salty bacalao (cod) without stepping foot outside of Seattle.

Tarsan I Jane

Tarsan I Jane is a newly opened Fremont spot specializing in regional Spanish fare. Chef Perfecto Rocher grew up in Villalonga and Tarsan I Jane will appropriately specialize in wood-fired Valencian and Catalan cuisine. Sundays are "El dia de les Paelles” and guests can enjoy Chef Rocher’s perspective through a 5 course family-style meal.

Try the Botifarra – all natural house-made blood sausage with chickpeas. The llangonissa is exclusive to the patio and is served on coques with caramelized onions and tomato based sabitxada sauce.

Tip: Check the website for the weeks featured ingredients like local morel mushrooms, butterfish, and pernil iberic.

Pintxo + The Upstairs

Pintxo (pronounced peen-cho) is a Spanish tapas bar adding a slice of provincial Spain to the bustling Belltown neighborhood. Step inside and fall in love with the exposed brick, white string lights, and quaint décor. Enjoy an intimate, ambient, community vibe with a wide range of Spanish tapas like bacalao fritters in crispy chickpea batter and fresh ahi carpaccio from Pure Seafood at Pike Place with pea shoots cultivated in house. Happy hour is from 5 – 7 and 10 – midnight including $4 sangria and $5 Moscow Mules.

Try the Paella – you won’t find this highly sought after dish on the regular menu, but come July Pintxo will be introducing Paella on the Patio. Paella on the Patio will feature several different types of traditionally prepared paella. Become a regular and make sure not to miss the shrimp and tender, melt-in-your-mouth monkfish – a combination worthy of conquistador status.

Tip: After you’ve filled up on tapas head to The Upstairs and see the bartender for a custom made drink or the elusive Every Rose has its Thorn with ghost pepper tequila and local BroVo Rose Geranium liqueur.


Cured meats and seafood steal the show at this Mediterranean oasis circa Pike Place. The cozy white washed space and high ceilings give a distinct European vibe where sophisticated diners can taste Spain. The theme of Jarrbar is tinned seafood much like what you would see if you were actually living in San Sebastian or Santander. Happy Hour is 4 – 6 pm, 10 pm – 2 am nightly, and all day Sunday.

Try the jar of anchovy stuffed olives, a tin of the ever popular olive oil coated matiz sardines served with lemon, jacobsen sea salt, and Spanish espelette with sides of salsa verde and harissa. Still hungry? Get the cured Spanish meats.

Tip: Stop by for Sunday Cinema Night featuring films like The Birdcage and happy hour all day.

photo: Pintxo's Spanish cuisine selection


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