Mediterranean Meets Pacific Northwest: Bar Sajor in Seattle
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I've been tracking James Beard-award winning chef Matt Dillon for a while now (he's the force behind Sitka and Spruce and the Corson Building ), so I headed straight to his latest venture when I landed in Seattle last month At Bar Sajor in Seattle, Dillon pushes his culinary creativity by limiting his cooking source to a wood-fired oven. The space is equally boundary breaking: In collaboration with furniture maker Steve Withycomb, builder Edward Pierce, and graphic designer Eric Fisher, Dillon conceived, designed and built Bar Sajor's exotic interiors that transport you straight to Spain. Above: The entry to Bar Sajor is on the corner of Occidental Avenue S. and S. Jackson Street in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. Image via Downtown Seattle . Above: The interiors are a mix of simple (white beadboard wainscoting and ticking-covered seat cushions) and sumptuous (Moroccan-inspired elements and rich brass fittings) that creates an elegant vibe. Image via the blog of photographer Andrea P. Coan . Above: The open kitchen is welcoming ; you might be tempted to pull up a stool and start chatting with the chefs. Image by Curt Edwards courtesy of Bar Sajor . Above: The driving force behind the cooking at Bar Sajor : the wood-fired oven and rotisserie is the only heat source. Image by Janet Hall Above: Wall reliefs above the oven were created and installed by Seattle artist Tamara Codor . Above: Ornate Objet Trouve mirrors by artist Tamara Codor add a Baroque element to the space. Image by Belathee Photography via Codor Design (where you can see more of Tamara's Bar Sajor installations). Above: There is a mix of a bar-style and cafe seating. Image by Curt Edwards courtesy of Bar Sajor . Above: The same creativity and attention to detail that makes Dillon's food stand out permeates the space. Above: Oyster shells as herbed butter serving dishes. Image by Janet Hall. Above: At the table: simple linens, vintage-style flatware and Moroccan tea glasses. Image by Janet Hall. Above: And, just two weeks ago, Dillon unlocked the doors to the London Plane , a wine-bar-cum-event-space-cum-shop across the pedestrian street from Bar Sajor. A return trip is on my list. Image by S. Pratt via Seattle Eater . Above: A collaboration between Dillon and Katherine Anderson, the owner of floral design shop Marigold and Mint , London Plane will eventually have two spaces. The second space, targeted to open later this fall, will house their bread and pastry production, a retail bakery, and floral shop. Seattle Eater offers a great Look Inside London Plane . Heading to Seattle? Don't miss another favorite destination: Peter Miller Books .