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Jaleo, Bethesda, Maryland August 9, 2015

Posted by hslu in Food, Restaurants.
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I’ve come to know this restaurant for a long time but have never had a chance to try its food until a few days ago.

We liked it a lot and you might want to try it too.

It was 12:30 PM on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon when we walked into this Bethesda tapas restaurant. This cozy, 150-seat restaurant was almost empty except three other tables with no more than 10 customers. There were two waitresses, a host and a food runner/busboy. The bar was empty and a few TVs were showing sports channels around the country.

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I had a Spanish beer ($6.50) and my wife ordered a cocktail ($10.95.) Appetizers were calamari and liquid olive.
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Very unusually but nicely done. Must take a lot of time to do it.

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Finished the whole thing because it was very good.

Both were excellent and unique and we basically cleaned the plate. The rice that came with the calamari was so flavorful that we cleaned the entire plate.

We ordered a few more to share and they were all beautifully made.

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Cheese, fruit, nuts and a piece of crispy bread: good combination for a summer afternoon.

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Very tender. Very tangy sauce. Good combination.

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I like cauliflower and sun-dried tomato.

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This dish needed some work. Chicken breast should stay on the grill a little longer. The BBQ sauce was too watery.

No wonder Jaleo is still in business after the financial crisis. The food is good, their prices are reasonable and service is professional with a personal touch.

Assaggi Mozzareella Bar, Bethesda September 2, 2010

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We have never been to this part of Bethesda before and we were surprised by its appeal when we got here about two weeks ago: side-walk cafes and boutique shops lined the streets and a healthy lunch crowd told us that this has to be a popular place for people work and live near here. It reminded me of walking on the streets of Paris and Rome. We were happy to spend an early afternoon here!

We picked Assaggi because I have heard of its name mentioned in local newspaper and magazine in the past.

We ordered:

1. Ravioli with ricotta cheese and spinach with maggiorana and toasted pine nuts. The home made ravioli was perfectly done with right amount of seasoning and savoy sauce. We enjoyed every bite of  this light dish.

2. Panini with Italian mild sausage, pickeld grilled fennel, ricotta cheese and arugula. The sausage was packed with flavor with grilled fennel and ricotta cheese but the arugula, although very fresh, was below par. It definitely needed a little more seasoning, pepper and dressing.

3. Sicilian cake with raisins and fresh fruit. We were somewhat disappointed by this because it looked like it has been in the fridge for a while.

Well, it is not too bad a place to spend a sunny afternoon at this side-walk cafe. It also has a 150-seat dinning room if toy prefer eating inside without people walking by you all the time.

While we were eating our lunch, there was a line of 10 to 15 people at all times at a shop just two doors down. It turned out that it was the famous Georgetown Cupcake shop that we have heard so much about. Maybe we’ll give a try next time when we are in the neighborhood.

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