So, I finally got around to trying this hip, new, little tapas place, called Estadio, that just opened up on 14th St NW in D.C. Nearly everyday, I walk by the large, sun drenched windows that reveal people inside, happily nibbling and slurping away. I long to be one of those people.
So last week, I made a date with a friend to check it out. We arrived just after work, at 5:30pm (who doesn’t love an early dinner?) and spent a good half hour gabbing before we even bothered to glance at the wine or food menus. For someone so eager to try Estadio, I didn’t seem to be in much of a rush to order.
The ambiance was great- dark wood, lots of light, rustic artisan breads displayed near an open air kitchen. The place was immaculate, detailed and the service was up to speed.
When we finally got to the menus, I noticed that the tapas dishes ranged from $2-$10 and the wine and cocktails started around $6 and up. Not bad at all.
We started with a firm, mild manchego cheese plate served with a candied date as well as a fruit preserve. It was definitely a small plate, but very tasty. I also ordered a nice white wine to go with it.
Next, we ordered the spanish tortilla, which was incredibly rich and filling and gave a bit of heft to the meal.
Then, we moved on to a creamy, butternut squash soup topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. For me, this dish was the highlight.
For dessert, we ordered the pumpkin panna cotta. Wow.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Estadio. The food and service were both great and the price very reasonable. All said and done, I think my friend and I each got out of there for around $30, not bad for such impressive food, but then again it wasn’t a lot of food. I’m definitely glad it’s in my neighborhood so I can pop in for a snack from time to time.
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