Feasting Pretty: Taberna de Alabardero (Washington, DC) Fall Menu

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Travel opens your eyes to many things. It could be getting out of your comfort zone, getting to know yourself better, and understanding another culture. For me, the best way I learn about another culture is through their food. Food tells a story. It also tells history through a dish. Spain is a country that is close to my heart. It’s the first place I traveled with my husband and where if I admit now, I fell hard for him. As we discovered Spain, its history, and culture, it was the food where the lessons of traveling hit home.

As I attended the fall tasting menu at Taberna de Alabardero it took me back to Spain and falling in love and feasting. Taberna de Alabardero is a 26-year old Spanish fine dining restaurant in DC. Walking into the restaurant, I was taken back to Madrid, Barcelona, Jerez, and Seville. All that was missing was the sound of flamenco. Chef Romero is from Madrid, but his dishes are influenced from all over Spain. I remember tasting the Monkfish and thinking this has a hint of sherry. In Jerez, we went sherry tasting and I can still taste the luscious liquor. I grew up with a very adventurous food father. I was the only kid that would eat the “weird” stuff. As an adult, I think the curiosity has helped expand my palette. I’m willing to be adventurous and explore. In life and on the plate.

The fall menu at Taberna de Alabardero was as exceptional and delicious as any dish I had in Spain. I plan to go back with my husband so he can reminisce about Spain a little closer to home. All I ask is when are you making your reservation?

Delicioso!

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{Cod Carpaccio with Wild Salmon with pistachios, capers, olives, and tomatoes.}

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{Yellowfin Tuna Tartare with Almond Garlic Pistachio Sauce}

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{Scallop with Bacon in a Cuttlefish Reduction}

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{Hen Noodle Soup with Poached Quail Egg}

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{Monkfish with Crab Cream}

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{Yellowfin Tuna Tataki with Potatoes and Bell Peppers}

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{Lobster paella}

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{Veal Sweetbread with Chanterelles}

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{Coulant of Red Berries}

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