12/18/16—I had tickets to go see the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC’s production of “Naughty & Nice” with my friend Nicole, so we decided to make a day of it and do brunch beforehand. I had been meaning to try the brunch at Estadio, a Spanish tapas restaurant, and it happened to be just a few blocks from the concert venue. Our friend Chetin joined us for brunch as well.
It had already been a long weekend of drinking with all of the holiday parties going on, so, for possibly the first time in my life, I didn’t order an alcoholic drink with brunch. I ordered a coffee instead, and it came in this adorable little glass mug.
We ordered a bunch of tapas for the table. The first was the shrimp croquettes—little balls of potato and shrimp fried to perfection and served over a red pepper aioli.
Patatas Bravas are a Spanish tapas staple, so of course we had to get an order of those. Estadio’s version was pretty good, but not the best I’ve had.
Tortilla Española is another classic tapa. The version at Estadio was beautifully presented, topped with aioli and hot sweet peppers.
The chorizo hash with fried eggs was probably my favorite dish of the day. The runny, fried eggs were placed atop the hash, which had a great ratio of sausage to potato (too much potato can ruin a hash). The chorizo was salty and delicious.
The little pork belly sandwiches were also near the top in my favorite dishes of the day. The slider-sized offering was topped with a pickled shishito pepper aioli. The pork belly was cooked to that perfect crispy texture on the outside.
I don’t recall the name of the last savory dish we ordered, but it was a baked egg and vegetable dish that came topped with crispy potato straws and was served with grilled bread. The inside of this baked concoction was just runny enough to be spreadable on the bread slices.
Last, but not least, we always have to order dessert when we go out with Nicole, and this time was no exception. We continued with the theme of ordering Spanish classics, and chose the churros with chocolate dipping sauce. The churros were just the right amount of crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside, and the sauce was rich and creamy. Nicole and I licked the inside of the bowl to make sure no chocolate was left behind after the churros were gone.
The overall assessment—everything was done well, but nothing at Estadio really blew me away. If you’re looking for a typical Spanish tapas restaurant that does a pretty good take on all of the classics, you’ll find that at Estadio.