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Washington, District of Columbia
August 16, 2008
by Bruce Horne
June 3, 2007
From journal D.C. Trip
March 14, 2007
From journal Dining in D.C.
August 11, 2005
Tapas are usually for an early evening snack with drinks, usually eaten before a late dinner. At Jaleo, most diners order three or four plates a person and make a meal of them. Tapas are much more enjoyable in a group setting, where diners can taste a multitude of different dishes. It's amusing to watch the uninitiated order only one dish per person, and see the surprise on their face when a seemingly small plate is served to them.
Menu items include a selection of Spanish sausages and cheeses, salt-cod fritters, pork loin with figs, steamed mussels, crispy calamari with aioli, endives stuffed with oranges, goat cheese, and almonds. Most tapas are priced around $6, with a range from $4 to $10, so expect to pay at least $20 per person, a beverage included. My favorites are the grilled portabella, fried calamari, steamed mussels, and garlic shrimp. I got adventurous and tried sea urchin once, and I can't tell you how relieved I am that they have taken it off the menu. You can order sangria by the glass or pitcher; it's refreshing and fruity.
Though the menu offers a handful of entrées (such as a wonderful paella), you really want to try the tapas. The interior focuses on a large mural of a flamenco dancer inspired by John Singer Sargent's painting "Jaleo." You can watch live flamenco dancing on Wednesday at 7:45pm and 8:45pm.
Jaleo is Metro accessible, located 1 block north of the Archives/Navy Memorial exit on the green/yellow lines or 2 blocks south of Gallery place/MCI center exit on the red line.
Friday and Saturday 11:30am–12am
Brunch is served on Sunday.
Reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner.
From journal Penn Quarter - Cultural and Urban Revitalization
by Kate Chopin
July 14, 2005
From journal Great Restaurant in D.C.
Los Angeles, California
June 18, 2005
Jaleo is a large, dark restaurant and bar in the mini-theatre district just off the Mall. The sidewalk seating outside was still full at 10:30pm on a Thursday, and we were ushered to secluded table inside. The occupied tables were spread out evenly, so it was somewhat quiet despite the size of the place. We were given an enormous menu of tapas organized into two categories: hot and cold. All the dishes go by their Spanish names, so it requires a little reading to figure out exactly what’s what. We ordered a half-liter of red sangria while deciding between the dozens of offerings.
Our first choice was the patatas bravas, small perfectly roasted potatoes that came smothered in a delicious tomato sauce with just a hint of melted manchego. At a mere $3.95, these spicy little nibbles were a great deal. Next, a full seared Portobello mushroom filled with roasted garlic arrived steaming at our table. The mushroom was in a stage where it is just about to give up its juice, but we attacked and ate it before any morsel of goodness could escape. Our final dish was piquillos. This consisted of two whole roasted red peppers filled with goat cheese. Each bite melted in our mouths. The dishes arrived as they were finished, sushi style. This meant nothing lingered on the table too long.
The grand total for our late-night snack was just under $30. Once could easily go overboard and order a dozen of these perfectly prepared small plates and end up spending a fortune. The average plate runs about $6 to $7, but there’s a wide range of prices depending on the ingredients involved. We managed to restrain ourselves to just three plates, but it was hard!
From journal Memorial Day in D.C.
by Susie Go Go
April 21, 2005
We were promptly seated, and our server appeared promptly. Drink specials were pointed out, and I settled on the red-wine sangria, which was excellent. Our server asked if we were familiar with the tapas concept and thoroughly explained it for our benefit. Tapas (or shared appetizer portions) was what we settled on. Jaleo's tapas menu is divided into three sections - cold, hot, and combination. Our server seemed happy to make suggestions. There were three in my party, and we decided to order six tapas (so as to save room for dessert!). Our choices included marinated grilled vegetables, potatoes with cheese, pork loin, shrimp, scallops, and portabella mushrooms. Each tapa was brought out as it was prepared, not all at once. Every item was delicious and had a beautiful presentation. For dessert, I ordered the flan. I also ordered an orange liqueur, which was suggested as an accompaniment to the flan. The flan was rich and creamy, and the liqueur was strong.
You can check out Jaleo's website by clicking here.
From journal Washington, D.C. during Cherry-Blossom Time
March 26, 2003
Most stellar on the menu are the spinach with pine nuts, garlic, and raisins, the potatoes, shrimp, and lamb dishes, but really I have never had a bad meal there, and neither has my husband.
Watch what you are ordering because the prices can mount up; usually two or three plates per person, with the delicious bread you will be dipping in olive oil, is enough; heavy eaters might want more.
Paella is also available, and some entree sized meals, but I have always preferred the tapas.
It's a great place to have dinner before the Show at the Shakespeare Theatre, but the place can get crowded if you are doing that, so make reservations ahead.
Closest metro station is Gallery Place, on red, yellow, and green lines. It is also close to Archives/Navy Memorial
From journal Wonderful Washington DC
February 25, 2002
Prices are very reasonable. Proximity to the MCI Center and other downtown DC attractions make this place an even bigger winner.
Jaleo has a second location in Bethesda, MD
Near the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop
From journal New to Washington, DC
August 15, 2001
From journal Finally, Good Food By the Mall