we started our meals with good old bread basket. i am one of those people who love their bread to be warm and toasty. i mean i am eating at a restaurant (not a prison), i think i deserve some warm bread. and also dont you wonder how long the (cold) bread been sitting in the kitchen. unfortunately the bread at jaleo was cold. i had a few bites and that’s it.
one of the three tapas plates that we ordered was the croquetas de pollo – traditional chicken fritters. the fritter was not just stuffed with shredded chicken – ooey gooey cheese was also added in the mix. when you bite into the fritter, you get the crunch on the outside and the stuffing just melted in my mouth.
next, was the bunuelos de bacalao – fried salt cod fritters with honey aioli. the cod fritter was flavorful. the saltiness of the fritter also went very well with the honey aoli. however we noticed that the tapas we had were rather salty. perhaps they were meant to go with beers or alcoholic drinks which we did not order.
the last tapas we had was codorniz con salsa de romero y aioli de miel – grilled quail with rosemary sauce and honey aioli. the quail was beautifully cooked – the meat was tender and simply fell off the bone. the rosemary sauce and the honey aioli complement the quail. but to honest, the quail was so well grilled – you get the smokey flavor and the meat was juicy and sweet, you dont really the sauce and the aioli. it was good on its own and it was my favorite dish of the night.
we also ordered a paella to share. we got ourselves a rossejat – a traditional fried pasta cooked in seafood broth. the paella was huge – scarely huge for two people. its not just the sheer size that caused us not to finish the paella – i expected the paella to be pipping hot (or at least hot), it was lukewarm, borderline cold. and this totally turned me off. in the end, we have one small serving of paella and we stopped.
if you ever dropped by jaleo, unless you have a big group, i would say skip the paella and just go for their delicious tapas.jaleo 480 7th street, nw
washington dc 20004 +12026287949