Unfortunately, my camera went on the fritz so I don't have photos. We tried a total of nine dishes. We discussed after dinner what we liked most and I think we had a rough consensus, but here are my top picks. Head and shoulders above the rest was the bacon-wrapped fried date---need I say more? An egg with caviar was a pleasant surprise in its presentation. The egg was a very light souffle, although it seemed to have a soft yolk. The caviar served to add a salty note and some toast helped us to eat it. The rabbit came with a red sauce that was almost like that one would see in a beef stew, although it wasn't beefy per se, and the rabbit self had no hint of gaminess. We tried the ham, which was fine, but I don't think anyone was overly impressed with it.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Washington DC: Jaleo
Luckily, my friends from the University of Maryland have good taste. For my visit, they took me to dinner at Jaleo (plus a cupcake emporium I'll report on next). Jaleo is the flagship restaurant of a nationally-known chef (Top Chef judge, etc.). It's a tapas restaurant that, unlike the garden variety of tapas bars, actually pays homage to Spanish food.