From the early days at Dahlia Lounge to the Serious Pie empire and the Brave Horse Tavern, Tom Douglas has pulled no punches during his thirty years cooking here.
But Assembly Hall proves he was actually holding out on us.
Douglas was put in charge of creating a full-service spread of in-house food destinations at the base of the new Via6 apartment building at 6th and Lenora. The result is 10,000 square feet of foodie awesomeness.
The big draw is Tanakasan, the Asian-influenced eatery named after long-time Douglas business partner Eric Tanaka. The menu mixes izakaya-style Japanese classics from ramen to charbroiled rice cakes with the best chicken wings you'll ever eat downtown. Sweet, spicy and savory, these things are a revelation.
As befits the premise, Tanakasan also sports an awesome drinks menu with beers from Japan and the Pacific Northwest, reasonably-priced wines, and a staggering array of sake. And there's tons of outdoor seating.
The rest of the space is occupied by Assembly Juice and Coffee, which could make Starbucks obsolete, thanks to custom-blend espresso and drip coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, and house-baked coffee cakes.
The third tenant is specialty food purveyor Home Remedy, a one-stop shop for some of Seattle's best artisanal food items — Brave Horse pretzels, Serious Pie pizza, wine, cheese, gourmet olive oils, and everything in between.
In case you're curious, Via6's studios start at $1,175.