3/29/2012 11:00:00 AM

What to Expect at the Redone Jaleo

Expect a whole new look inside.
The bar was buzzing at Jaleo last night when we dropped by - just a few hours after José Andrés' Penn Quarter Spaniard reopened with a dynamic new look. Families were playing foosball at dining tables that are retrofitted with the game. A couple was nestled into the new, private-feeling “love corner” and groups of office workers and tourists were settling into communal tables and windowside nooks.

The Space: Brilliant hues and Spanish artisans have transformed the space into a celebration. The ceiling and tile floor pop with color spots. The host stand is a giant flower pot, topped with a rosy petal chandelier. Woven wood curtains over the windows (they’re traditional in Spain) create shadow and light illusions. Look closely at the light fixtures over the foosball tables - they are really an open “book,” with the pages to be filled in by local artists and writers. Photo murals throughout depict people jumping for joy - just don't be surprised when you see one on the bathroom floor!

The Food: There are plenty of familiar favorites on the menu. Among the new stuff - a section of larger plates for two-six people based on acorn-fed Iberian pigs; oysters dressed up with gin and tonic; conos (cones) filled with salmon tartare; and mini-burgers made from (you guessed it) pig.

The Drink: Gin-and-tonic is reportedly Andres' favorite tipple, so it's not surprising that there are six new gin-based cocktails on the drink menu. A nice high-tech touch: you can order your booze via iPad.

The Crowd: Eclectic. The place is hopping, thanks to its all-day hours, moderate prices (there's a $25 pre-theater option) and a location that's near the Mall and museums, the theater, Verizon Center, high-end condos and office buildings. Its vibrant, modern new design should make it even more so.


  1. Took a sneak peek in the window the other day... The interior looks fabulous!

  2. Looking forward to checking out the new spot. Hope they still have the olive oil ice cream...mmmm, yum.