In early 2013, at the corner of the Occidental Avenue pedestrian mall in Pioneer Square, Bar Sajor ("sigh-YOR") was opened by Herbfarm alumnus and James Beard winner Matt Dillon, who has a considerable reputation from his Corson Building, Sitka and Spruce, and Bar Ferd'nand. Dillon positions the new place as "a bar in the Spanish sense," with all food prepared on wood-fired oven and grill. He described the food as "casual and simple," and perhaps it will seem that way if you are the sort of person who, before heading out for a movie, might whip up a quick warm halloumi with charred Virginia ramps and cardoons and wash it down with whey soda with lime.
In brief, you will have some nice wines or cocktails here (I quite liked my concoction of rye, Byrrh, Dry Curucao and bitters) and some very good food prepared as you have not had anywhere else. If you arrive hungry, you should be prepared to invest in the experience, as the tiny plates will not make for an inexpensive dinner. The space is bright and airy, and may make long-time residents double check that they are actually in Pioneer Square. I guess it remains to be seen whether this and the growing number of other upscale places in the neighborhood (including Dillon's London Plane) will lead future generations to associate the neighborhood more with charcuterie and pate than MD 20/20. But in any case it is very pleasing to see the old neighborhood revitalized with must-visit places.
Est. Feb 21, 2013 - Closed July 9, 2016 - Building constructed: 1920
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: barsajor.com
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