The word "Jaleo" means "dance" "shouting" or "merry-making" in Spanish. There is a painting by an artist named John Singer Sargent called El Jaleo, which depicts a scene of a woman dancing flamenco in a room full of people either mesmerized by her dance or entranced in the strumming of their musical instruments. This painting serves as the inspiration for this place; even gracing its interior with a large mural reproduction. The decor of the restaurant is casual-chic with vibrant colors and over-the-top pieces such as a converted game table topped with a glass and used for dining.
|Selection of Three Cheeses|
|Cold Melon Soup|
|Pan de Recapte con Anchoa|
|Pan con Tomate y Jamon Serrano|
|Jamon Iberico de Bellota Fermin|
|Croquetas de Pollo|
|Chistorra Envuelta en Patata Frita|
|Gambas con Gabardina|
|Espuma de Chocolate Negro|
Jaleo is an exciting restaurant with a vast selection of traditional and modern tapas with a twist. While I preferred some to others, overall we had a fun time. Chef Jose Andres also owns another restaurant in Los Angeles called The Bazaar which has recently opened its doors in Miami as well. Stay tuned as I embark on an adventure there real soon and bring you all the scrumptious details.
For more information on Jaleo, you can visit their website at http://www.jaleo.com/ or call them at 202-628-7949.