Jaleo was so good last week that I had to go back yesterday. And look who was there watching soccer and talking to Andrew Zimmerman. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen him there but the first time I decided to be annoying enough to ask for a picture. For the record, the accent is just as cute in person as on TV.
Break out some steak and brave the wilds to start a fire for house-ground meat burgers (thanks to Bob’s dad and Janet for the meat grinder). Hopefully they taste as good as they look and Bob doesn’t blow away.
With local corn, asparagus and tomatoes and home grown basil. Just threw it together today but with a little refinement it is going to be my new fancy dinner party dish.
We visited the renovated Jaleo this weekend for some brunch tapas before heading to the Woolly Mammoth to see, “Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play.” It wasn’t good for the wedding diet, but the updated style and menu are very welcome. I think it was the general consensus that that Jaleo had gotten a bit shabby and was sitting on its haunches. I still thought you could get an excellent meal at the bar, but sitting at a table was infuriating unless you liked slow service and cold food.One of the most exciting changes is the plethora of Iberico pork on the new menu. Most of it is served in sizes that two people shouldn’t even try to attack, but the sliders were delicious, porky and just slightly spicy. Next time though, I take a few more people and order the grilled Iberico ribs!
The pan cristal con tomate was also excellent and I will be trying to recreate it with some cucumber gazpacho later this week. Warm crunchy bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes and drizzled with with olive oil. So simple, but so delicious.
Other hits included the perennial favorite papas arrugadas (tiny potatoes boiled in water as salty as the sea), bombas (mashed potatoes filled with pork, fried and served with garlic sauce), and some just barely savory olive oil pancakes.
17 languages, none of them English.
Jose Andres soup recipe and a sherry poached shrimp, corn and basil garnish made up by self.