Ballard Annex Oyster House
May 11, 2018
First the Matador, then Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen, and now Ballard Annex Oyster House. The new venture by Nathan Opper and Zak Melang is a stylish seafood joint, hip but not overly so, the kind of place that Seattle foodies will relish and locals will warm to as well. The historic Ballard News Building has been revamped, large windows flooding the place with natural light. The interior is reminiscent of a ship’s hull, with lots of wood beams and wood walls. There are two bar areas, at the front and back, the perfect perch for a glass of something fizzy and a platter of oysters on the half-shell, a whole crab, or maybe a rich and decadent lobster roll. The emphasis here is very much on freshness, on clean, clear flavours, on letting the seafood speak for itself. Their cocktail list is full of tempting things too, if you fancy something a little stiffer. The Old Cuban, a blend of rum, lime, mint, Angostura bitters, and bubbles would also make a good accompaniment to a seafood appetiser. They also do an excellent Last Word, that sweet-sharp mix of gin, green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur. The bar serves a good range of fizz by the glass, as well as a decent range of wines and beers, and the atmosphere is warm and convivial.