It has been there, in the corner of Elm and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda for some years now. Every time we were passing by, I was thinking ” this is a place I want to visit” .That wish came true on Christmas Eve when we went there with Daphne and Teddy. Traditional Spanish tapas, paella are Jaleo’s characteristic foods. The setting is modern (more modern than my cosy likings), but the windows offer a great view of the Christmasy Bethesda with decorated shops and people strolling on the sidewalks.
Jamón Ibérico , Jamón Serrano, Chorizo, Lomo embuchado
The introductory selection of Spanish cured meats and Spanish rustic cheeses is a great beginning. The tapas we ordered were all excellent.
Chorizo casero tradicional
Patatas bravas with spicy tomato sauce and alioli, tortillas, lamb chops, shrimp, sausage, and the most fantastic bacalao croquettes with an aioli sauce. This was a close variation to our Greek “Bakaliaro skordalia” . The crostini with tomatoes and anchovies were mouth tantalizing and the stuffed peppers with cheese sweet and tangy.
Gambas al ajillo
Jaleo’s deserts were very good too with Teddy’s tangerine sorbet being on the top of my list. Jaleo which has two more restaurants in the area belongs to the founder of Zaytinya, Jose Andres. We had a great dining experience and I would like to visit it soon again. Oh I forgot one thing! Their dipping olive oil was so aromatic that we kept on ordering.. more and more bread!
7271 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel (301) 913-0003
Fax (301) 913-9137
Σας φιλω γλυκα!