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Bar Sajor Seattle

Bar Sajor – Lunch in Seattle

In Information, Northwest, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch19 Comments

Bar Sajor was a great lunch spot in Seattle. It is now permanently closed.

Chicken Liver Pate Tartine with Bartlett Pear and Pickled Cipollini Onion on Sprouted Rye Bread at Bar Sajor in Seattle. The restaurant, located off of Pioneer Square, provided our first taste of Seattle's modern dining scene.

Chicken Liver Pate Tartine with Bartlett Pear and Pickled Cipollini Onion on Sprouted Rye Bread at Bar Sajor in Seattle. The restaurant, located off of Pioneer Square, provided our first taste of Seattle’s modern dining scene.

Important Update:  Bar Sajor is now permanently closed.

We arrived in Seattle, tired from work, tired from our long flights and tired from the marathon food festival we attended the previous night.

But we pushed forward, walking away from our hotel and downing two iced coffees. Seattle awaited, and we needed to summon enough energy from our reserve tanks to take the city on. We wanted our initial Seattle dining experience to reflect the city’s modern dining scene, and Bar Sajor, with its vaulted ceiling and playful middle eastern motif, by way of the Northwest, seemed to fit the bill.

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Bar Sajor is the newest restaurant from James Beard award-winning Chef Matt Dillon. Located just off of Pioneer Square in a glorious old building, the restaurant is situated behind a Moorishly painted door and features a dining room that manages to be both open and homey – homey if you happen to live in an impeccably decorated gentleman’s farm with a wood-burning oven built right into the wall.

Inside Bar Sajor - Preserved Lemons and Wood Oven Stove Seattle

Inside Bar Sajor – Preserved Lemons and Wood Oven Stove

Before we looked at the food menu, we ordered local cider. Although the menu has lots of wine and cider options from France and Spain, we wanted to enjoy the apples grown locally in Washington. The Dragon’s Head Wild Fermented Cider is from nearby Vashon Island and is made with heirloom and traditional cider apples. The description sounded perfect, plus the local cider was at a much lower price point compared to the European options. After one sip, we knew that we had made the right choice. Tart and earthy, it was exactly what we expected from a Washington cider.

Dragon's Head Wild Fermented Cider (6.9%) Bar Sajor Seattle

Dragon’s Head Wild Fermented Cider (6.9%)

Bar Sajor Lunch – Starters

The three tartine options, especially the chicken liver pate, immediately intrigued us. Generously slathered on a slice of sprouted rye bread, the chicken liver had a hearty richness that was cut by the tart apple slices. We were struck by the earthy smell of the pate as well as by the pretty garnish of edible flowers. We split the tartine diagonally, and it quickly disappeared.

We were compelled to order the marinated beet salad when we saw ‘house made smoked yogurt’ in the menu description. The freshness of the beets, the intense flavor of the currants and the crunchiness of the pumpkin seeds made us envious of the superior produce that is so readily available on the west coast.

Marinated Beet Salad with House Made Smoked Yogurt, Pickled Zante Currants, Pumpkin Seeds and Mint

Marinated Beet Salad with House Made Smoked Yogurt, Pickled Zante Currants, Pumpkin Seeds and Mint

Bar Sajor Lunch – Main Course

The roasted rainbow trout was the only fish prepared in the wood burning oven during our lunch visit. Served atop juicy Romano beans, the precisely cooked fish was both moist and crispy.

Roasted Rainbow Trout with Braised Romano Beans and Green Coriander

Roasted Rainbow Trout with Braised Romano Beans and Green Coriander

Bar Sajor Lunch – Dessert

We ordered dessert for a few reasons. We wanted to try the chef’s take on fresh sorbet. We wanted to enjoy locally grown fruit. Mostly though, we wanted an excuse to sit next to the sunlit window and enjoy the rest of our bottle of cider. After the hell month we had just survived, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Peach Muscat Sorbet with Ginger Crumbles and Berries Bar Sajor Lunch Seattle

Peach Muscat Sorbet with Ginger Crumbles and Berries

We leisurely finished the rest of the cider and toasted the beginning of our seemingly crazy trip from Philadelphia to Seattle to Italy. We felt our bodies relax and our blood pressure levels decrease as we finished the utterly local meal while the sun streamed through the windows and into our souls. We were in Seattle, and all was right in our little world.

Bar Sajor was located at 323 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, United States. The restaurant is now permanently closed.


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Comments

  1. After reading your descriptions of the interior of the restaurant, I’m dying to see more! Everything sounded delicious and I’d love a scoop of that sorbet right now – yum. Also, the photos look great!

  2. I love your initial descriptions of the building… that sounds just as enjoyable as food! 😉 What intricate plates they have with very interesting flavor combinations! If I’m ever in Seattle, I’m there! And that dessert… holy cow! What a delightful culinary experience. Thanks for sharing with such wonderful descriptions 🙂

  3. Where did you learn to photograph food LIKE THAT? I had my lunch already, but now I’m hungry again 🙁

  4. I wish food could jump right off the page! It all looks extremely delicious. I need to figure out how to make that ‘homemade smoked yogurt’.

  5. Sounds like you guys picked the perfect place to start off your dining experience in Seattle. I typically try to stay away from foods that include any kind of liver just because I know what purpose the liver serves in the body, but I must admit that your description of that chicken liver appetizer just might have changed my mind about that.

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      Sometimes it’s better to just enjoy the food and not think about it too much.

  6. omg..that picture just sucked me right in…of the chicken pate. this restaurant looks amazing, especially the simple, but elegant dessert. glad you enjoyed your stay and the festival, i wish i had been there with you. 😉 btw- great descriptions of the food.

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