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.

2 comments :

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

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

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