Happy hour on Alberta Street just got a little más feliz! Urdaneta, the tapas-style restaurant located in the Alberta Arts District, which focuses on Spanish cuisine (heavily on the Basque region of Spain), just launched their new Pintxo Hour! Now, from 5pm-6pm Tuesdays-Fridays, guests of Urdaneta can enjoy a rotating selection of daily pintxo specials offered tableside. During this hour, guests are also treated to complimentary tastes of pintxos not on the menu!
The menu of seasonally rotating pintxos includes:
- Jamon y Anchoa, jamon, house boquerone, sofrito, toasted bread
- Molleja, crispy sweetbread, mushroom béchamel, leek escabeche, espelette, toasted bread
- Txistorra, house chorizo sausage, quail egg, toasted bread
- Morcilla,grilled blood sausage, dad’s marinated peppers, piquillo jam, piparra, toasted bread
- Gilda, house boquerones, Basque piparra pepper, anchovy stuffed olive
- Calabaza,roasted butternut squash, tomato conserva, caña de cabra, marcona almond, toasted bread
- Huevo Diablo,albacore tuna deviled egg, romesco, mustard seed caviar, toasted bread
- Champiñones al Ajillo,roasted mushroom and mahon galette, piquillo aioli
For Javier Canteras, chef and owner of Urdaneta, pintxos are an important part of incorporating the Basque side of tapas. It’s also a great way to introduce people to new flavors, or to try a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, without filling up too quickly. Many of their pintxos are inspired by classics, such as the “Gilda”. Traditionally, an anchovy, olive, and pepper, this pintxo was named for Rita Hayworth’s “salty and spicy” character in the movie “Gilda”. Others combine their favorite Spanish mainstays, such as Morcilla (blood sausage), Piparra Peppers, Txistorra (made in-house), and a variety of Spanish Cheeses with their best Pacific NW ingredients, lending to a flavor that is unique to our own making. Pintxos are fun, allowing for a variety of flavors, and a great way to either start off a meal, or on their own, with a drink, making it the perfect companion to their Happy Hour program.
Urdaneta is a tapas-style restaurant deeply rooted in the appreciation for traditional Spanish gastronomy and drink, quietly tucked away from the bustling Alberta neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Owner and Chef Javier Canteras’ urbane menu dedicated to inventive pintxos, and alongside a menu of hearty, old world tapas, celebrates his Basque upbringing with bold, sophisticated flavors that transcend the typical Spanish fare. Within each bite, Canteras captures a rare moment in time – a fond childhood memory or recent homecoming – of his native Spain using a Pacific Northwest lens. Basque wines and spirits truly are the heart and soul of Urdaneta’s beverage program boasting an array of regional reds, whites, sherries, sidras and vermouths. The intimate yet convivial atmosphere sings an ode to the bustling neighborhood tapas bars found within the heart of Madrid, with its rustic space and open kitchen, making Urdaneta a hidden gem in Portland’s growing Spanish food scene.