Traditional Spanish, this time. The original Taberna Del Alabardero opened in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid in 1974, and still flourishes. This Washington offshoot will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.
Taberna del Alabardero is near Farragut Square and the White House. The colourful and eclectic interior, heavy on the reds, gives it a look unlike any other restaurant in town.
One of the more pleasing features of life in the 21st century is how easy it is to find answers to even the most esoteric questions. Before I go to a new-to-me restaurant, I routinely check out its menu on the Web, using a search engine to look up any words I don’t understand. What on earth, fr’instance is “Butifarra”?
Botifarra, Wikipedia tells me, is “a type of sausage and one of the most important dishes of the Catalan cuisine…based on ancient recipes… made of raw pork and spices”.
What Wikipedia doesn’t mention is how sensational this Butifarra Encebollada con Patata tasted. The sautéed butifarra were served with carmelized onion atop a potato purée.
The main, a grilled pork platter with vegetables and passion fruit sauce, was even more impressive. It featured variations on a theme, the theme being the savouriness of pork. It was a sampler of pork loin, pork rib, pork sausage, and pork on the bone, all perfectly cooked.
I’m just not a fan of Spanish desserts. I opted for this caramelized custard cream by default, because nothing else on the menu was more appealing. It was fine, but my heart belongs to cheesecake or dark chocolate treats.
Another superb meal!