Jaleo

Jaleo is a tapas restaurant by Spanish chef José Andrés located at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. It features several traditional tapas dishes with a creative twist by the award-winning chef.

We visited Jaleo for dinner on a Saturday night and were excited to get started as soon as we sat down. The server enthusiastically explained a few of the most popular dishes on the menu and we took a few minutes to make our decision.

Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Jaleo

 

Round One

Our first set of dishes were the selección de embutidos (an assortment of meats including jamón ibérico de bellota), a selection of three cheeses, and pan de cristal con tomate (toasted bread with fresh tomato). Each dish was a hit, especially the bread, and we enjoyed the pairings for each cheese.

Meats, cheeses, and bread at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Meats, cheeses, and bread

My dad ordered a soup called salmorejo. The server brought a bowl with a raw egg inside and poured a hot broth into the bowl, which cooked the egg and softened the vegetables inside.

Salmorejo at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Salmorejo

 

Round Two

Next, we had berenjenas con miel (fried eggplant with honey), pulpo a feira Maestro Alonso (boiled octopus with potatoes), and gambas al ajillo (shrimp sautéed with garlic). The eggplant and shrimp were especially tasty but the star was the octopus.

Eggplant at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Eggplant

at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Octopus and shrimp

 

Dessert

Finally, it was time for dessert. We chose three for our group – gin and tonic (a creative sorbet that turns the drink into a dessert), helado de aceite de oliva (olive oil ice cream), and flan. I didn’t care too much about the gin and tonic, but the olive oil ice cream was a great surprise.

Gin and tonic dessert at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Gin and tonic dessert

Olive oil ice cream at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Olive oil ice cream

Flan at Jaleo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Flan

 

¡Paella!

One of the highlights of the evening seemed to be when a paella dish was ready to pick up from the open kitchen (it’s right in the middle of the restaurant and you can watch the chefs at work). When a paella was finished, a chef would ring a bell and the entire staff would stop and shout “paella!” in unison. Since we wanted to try the tapas dishes, nobody at our table ordered paella, but it’ll definitely be a priority if I visit Jaleo again.

 

Conclusion

With drinks and tip, the bill came out to about US$400 for five people, which isn’t terrible considering it’s Las Vegas. The food alone came out to about US$180, and the two pitchers of sangria and tequila shots hiked up the price quite a bit. All in all, I would definitely visit Jaleo again in any of their locations.

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