Okay Seattle foodies and people who love to eat: Here's a happy hour that is really tough to beat. That is, if you like Spanish food...and I don't mean Mexican. I mean with roots in Madrid.
Just perusing their various menus for the 10th time, my mouth is beginning to water as I carefully plan what I'm going to order the next time I'm in Taberna del Alabardero. Everything is half price during Happy Hour (4-7pm: $2.50-$6.00), even the Sangria which you can get with either white or red wine. OH LORD, HELP ME NOW.
Starting off with the fresh and light Ensalada Mixta (Mesclun Mix, Avocado, Chives, Tomato, Hard Boiled Egg, Olives and Asparagus), it was quickly followed by the following scrumptious dishes:
Tortilla Española : Tradicional, de Calabazin - Traditional Potato Omelet: Plain, with Zucchini
This was light and very savoury, with the perfect ratio of vegetables and egg, expertly seasoned.
Combinacion de Jamon Serrano y Queso Manchego - Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese
Their ham melts in your mouth with all it's salty buttery goodness. I wrapped up the cheese in a few slices for the ultimate orgasmic bite. They actually proudly display the Serrano ham legs on 2 racks in the dining room. That is AWESOME.
Vieira Confitada con Cebolleta Roja y Gelatina de Citricos - Scallop and Red Onion Confit with a Citrus Gelatin
These Spaniards sure know how to cook seafood. The scallops tasted so fresh and light on this crispy baguette, which you could swipe over the drizzled citrus reduction on the side.
Cazuela de Alcachofas con Almejas - Artichoke and Clam Casserole
This might have been my favorite, and I don't even like clams very often, because they're usually too fishy-tasting for me. Not these ones! They were very fresh, and along with the delectable sauce covered artichokes, wasn't too overwhelming or complicated in taste. The little puddle of oily sauce at the bottom of the bowl was quickly sopped up by some bread. Perfection!
Lastly, we had a creamy vanilla Crème Brûlée and a Chocolate Mousse cake, which oozed out warm chocolate from the center.
And at the end of the happiest happy hours we've ever been to, we only dropped $20 each. We could not believe for how much we had, along with the quality of food, how reasonably priced it was.
Feel free to click on the photos for larger images from my Flickr account!
Highly recommended, Taberna del Alabardero or “Tavern of the Palace Guards,” is probably the best happy hour in downtown Seattle. There. I said it.