Thursday, January 21, 2010

Truly Tempting Tapas

At the request of someone who will remain nameless (you know who you are!), I'm going to tell you about some really delicious food today. I had forgotten all about it until a Bon Apetit (yes, I'm starting to love that magazine) recipe reminded me and made me crave last Friday's dinner all over again.

For you long time DC residents, this will statement will come as no surprise: Jose Andres' Jaleo serves really, really amazing tapas and incredibly reasonable prices. Vince and I went for the first time with some friends of ours before catching a play at the Shakespeare theater, conveniently located next door. We were seated very quickly once our party arrived and we had a blast at dinner.

But enough about that and on to the food. We ordered ten dishes, each bursting with flavor and goodness. I can't go into each one, but I'll tell you about my favorites. Number one in my book were the bunuelos de bacalao, codfish fritters. I have these guys all the time, but I have never had a fritter quite so light airy and full of flavor. I'd love to see what JA can do with conch.
Number 2: Apple and fennel salad with manchego cheese. Three of my favorite foods on one plate and a perfect balance of sweet and savory. This one I have to try at home. Number 3: Patatas bravas. First, I love the Spanish spelling of the name for potatos, so much more dignified than the Cuban papas. These were hearty, fried fingerling potatoes sliced and covered in a tomato sauce and garnished with a delicious aioli.

There were also scallops on squash puree, some wine cured cheese, wild mushroom risotto, beet and citrus salad, and an excellent sangria.

All in all an excellent night of dining and one that I would love to replicate at home! Tapas party anyone?

1 comment:

J. Reinhardt said...

Jaleo is awesome. I also enjoyed their calamari and the spanish omelette (I forget what they call it) is good too!