In a room of wrought iron, slabs of reclaimed wood and Spanish tiles, Chef Haidar Karoum and wine director Sebastian Zutant have transformed this corner of Logan Circle into Spain. Stop in for pintxos such as a fava bean and almond spread and a glass of Txacoli—or, better yet, sercial Madeira; order bocadillos of spicy lamb and grilled vegetables on house-baked bread to go with the brooding Anima Negra from Mallorca. The wine list is a lesson in top Spanish names from all corners of the country, from López de Heredía in Rioja to Juan Gil in Jumilla and Licinia in Madrid. But don’t overlook the cocktails: Bar manager Adam Bernbach has a restrained hand and keen palate that results in food-friendly drinks like the Adonis (dry Oloroso, sweet vermouth and bitters) or the Tecolate, a blend of Tequila and Cava scented with rosemary and grapefruit.
1520 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.
This story appears in the print issue of October 2011.
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