Acclaimed chef José Andrés brings his love of tapas to the D.C. area with Jaleo. The warm and spacious restaurant in Crystal City serves an impressive assortment of traditional small dishes and wines from Spain that include many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Don't skip the famous patatas bravas—fried potatoes with spicy tomato and aioli sauce—or the sparkling sangrias. This is a great place to come with a group—it means more to share and sample. There's also Sunday Brunch, when diners can indulge in family-style meals that include gazpacho, salad, dessert, and endless paella for $20 a person.
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Chef Jose Andres Offers Special Haitian Lamb Entree at Jaleo's in Chinatown
Last week, Haitian Chef Stephan Durand prepared tasty, traditional treats for the dining hall of the World Bank headquarters in D.C. The dishes were part of a concerted effort by the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, to promote tourism and development in Haiti by showcasing the nation's rich cuisine, vibrant arts, and varied tourist activities. To that end, Chef Durand developed a special entree to be served at celebrity chef José Andrés' downtown D.C. restaurants Jaleo. The dish is a creole en mojo verde dish (priced at $13). It consist of lamb, seasoned with a Caribbean kick, served with a comforting side of potatoes. It will be served at the Jaleo at 480 7th and E Streets, N.W., through Friday, May 31.
Chef José Andrés has visited Haiti over the last few years, and been involved in a film used to promote tourism to Haiti. Ambassador Altidor hopes that introduction to Haiti through its cuisine, culture, and climate will foster long term interest on the part of vacationers, and partnerships with businesses and organizations. In addition to Jaleo, José Andrés owns downtown DC restaurants minibar, Oyamel and Zaytinya, the Jaleo's in Bethesda, Md. and Arlington, Va., and establishments in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Puerto Rico. He is the most prominent chef in the Americas.
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Jaleo: A Penn Quarter Original
Jaleo has been a fixture in Washington, D.C.'s Penn Quarter since 1993, and continues to live up to its excellent reputation. Recently redesigned by Juli Capella, the atmosphere is hip and contemporary, while the food served up by chef José Andrés could be described as gourmet tapas, pairing traditional flavors with a personal touch, and a modern edge.
Jaleo has separate lunch, brunch, and dinner menus, as well as a pre-theater menu if you're on your way to a show.