I love the 1930’s decor, not traditional Spanish at all, but fun and gives the restaurant a more high class feel.You can sit at a table or on the couches in the back lounge, whatever kind of dinning mood you are in you can have it here.
What I love most about Estragon is the authenticity of the menu. The menu offers up traditional Spanish tapas as well as a few modern ”up-do’s” to some original dishes too. I was also very impressed with our serves knowledge of the menu. The menu specifies which items contain gluten, dairy, nuts, and which are vegan and vegetarian. Awesome right? Now why can’t every restaurant do this!? I hope this becomes a trend and I think it very well could, especially with the increase of allergies and food intolerance awareness.
VG: Vegan V: Vegetarian G: Contains Gluten N: Contains Nuts D: Contains Dairy
We started with the Pisto, Braised Eggplant, Tomato, and peppers topped with a Poached Egg ($10). Served in a piping hot cast-iron skillet, this dish was outrageously flavorful; rich and hearty, great for a cold winter night.
Vieiras con Albariño y Azafrán, Seared Scallops with Saffron-Albariño cream and fried leeks ($14.50). Just one word…YUM! 4 scallops topped with fried leeks and a delicious light cream sauce. I’m not going to lie, I licked the plate clean; I just loved the sauce.
Pez Espada a la Vasca, basque-style seared swordfish with French fries ($15). The swordfish was also delicious, it seemed so simple, yet had such great flavor. The punch from the peppers was great.
Paella Vegetariana,Vegetable Paella ($22). Paella originated in Valencia; a costal city on the Mediterranean Sea. While I was in college I studied and lived in Valencia for 4 months, and tried some of the world’s best paella, and even went to a paella festival (they cooked paella in HUGE 6 ft pans). Since returning (in ’07) I have yet to find a restaurant that serves authentic Spanish Paella. I’m not saying it’s all bad, it’s just not the same. Tasca comes the closest. Estragon misses the mark, by a long stretch. It was just ok; I was disappointed. My sister says I was being too snobby and we’re not in Spain. But even if I wasn’t comparing it to my Spanish standards, it was merely ok, too oily and the rice too crunchy and undercooked.
A big part of the menu consists of Pintxos (tapas on toast). The waiter told me I could have a few of these, without the bread. But what is the fun in that?! Next time I go (and when you go) bring gluten free bread. I wish I had thought of that before, I would have loved the tried the Salmon Ahumado, smoked salmon with white asparagus, alioli and roasted red pepper.
From 5-7PM on Monday’s you can get $1 – $5 tapas at the bar. This is a great way to sample the menu and save money.
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