Jaleo is one of the many restaurants owned by José Andrés in the DC area. He's known for his PBS cooking show, "Made in Spain." Jaleo in Penn Quarter is his first restaurant and it is still bien popular.
We arrived a bit early for our reservation. While waiting for our table, we shared of carafe of the white sangria, made with cava, strawberries and mint. After we were seated, we ordered a variety of the tapas to share.
Buñuelos de bacalao
Fried salt cod fritters and honey alioli
These were little nuggets of crispy fried salt cod and potato goodness. I liked them dipped in the regular garlic aioli that had come with the rossejat.
Traditional fried pasta, paella style, with monkfish and shrimp, cooked in a seafood broth
Although I wanted the paella as well, it was far too large for two people. The rossejat was a simplified type of paella with bits of monkfish and shrimp. It came with a side of garlicky aioli, which was stirred into the noodles before eating. This dish reminded my sister of the fried rice noodles that our mother made for when we were growing up.
Pimientos del piquillo rellenos de queso
Piquillo peppers filled with goat cheese
We had to get at least one vegetable dish, albeit one that's stuffed with cheese and cooked in olive oil. The sweet roasted peppers contrasted nicely with the goat cheese.
Chistorra envuelta en patata frita
Slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in a crispy potato
Sausage wrapped in a potato chip, then deep fried. It's like pigs in a blanket, but a whole lot better.
Rabo de toro con naranjas
Braised boneless oxtail served with oranges, potato puree and PX red wine sauce
I love slow braised meats. These oxtails were braised, shredded, then formed into a disc shaped. The orange segments balanced the richness of the oxtails and sauce.
The service was pretty good, especially considering how busy the restaurant was that night. I thought the prices were pretty reasonable. Dinner for two, including wine and dessert, was about $100.
480 7th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004