Hidden gem: Terra Plata.

Another option in the option filled Capitol Hill area of Seattle. The restaurant is described as Spanish in orientation but it seems a bit more toward eclectic European with a Spanish twist. However, it does offer Spanish standards such as octopus.

The dining area is interesting and takes the shape of the Melrose triangle with a large, inviting, centrally located bar. In addition, if you are looking for an outdoor space, they have a nice rooftop dining area as well.

On an earlier visit we started with the Alaska spotted shrimp which were grilled and served with roe and a nice chimichurri. Also experienced the roasted cauliflower which was served with currants and a parsley almond gremolata. The highlight, before we discuss the dessert, was the main: roast pig. This was served in a bowl filled with a beautiful large cut of pork, manila clams, potato, a wonderful sofrito and chicharrón (pork rind)…excellent!

Now to the real highlight of that night, dessert. We had the chocolate bar……imagine a rich dark piece of soft fudge with a consistency close to flan or semifrio paired with caramel sauce and a side of espresso ice cream all topped with crushed hazelnuts.  With that, you’ll be close to this dream of a dessert. A must for any chocolate lover.

On another visit we started with the baby gems lettuce salad which was made by the apricots and blue cheese. I followed this with the albacore tuna…the avocado salsa verde added incredible flavor to the dish. Finished up with the black forest brownie. Another option for the chocoholic.

The plates are meant to be shared. A large selection of wine and beer is offered as well as an extensive selection of after dinner drinks.


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