February 22, 2009 §
Julia and Ameya were in town, and instead of getting dimsum at China Garden like we usually do, we tried the tapas at Bodega. They did have a Restaurant Week menu for lunch and dinner, but we decided to just order 3 tapas dishes each since we didn’t really like the appetizers or desserts. And what a smart decision on our part. Usually with tapas places, I expect some hits and misses. Even with Jaleo, there were some tapas that I didn’t really like. Bodega is another story, and even though I definitely liked some dishes more than others, each one had something to give.
The decor inside is very beautiful – the walls in the main dining area are covered in Spanish motifs and the lounge, where we were sitting, has a lovely little fireplace. I didn’t really care much for the number of skulls hanging on the walls, but to each his own. Our waiter was extremely helpful with recommendations (and amazingly quick with the bread refills), and we ordered a variety of seafood, vegetable, grain, and meat tapas.
Standouts were the shrimp in garlic sauce [spicy and tender with a sauce perfect for bread dipping], the shrimp with creamy saffron rice [ohmygaaaaaah, I loved the rice so much and pretty much ate all of it myself] and the seared tuna with caramellized onions [the crust on the fish was unbelievable, yet the inside wasn’t too cooked]. The lambchops were unfortunately a bit dry but the sauce was rich enough that I could overlook it, and the artichokes had a rather sour flavor.
Bodega’s a relatively new place on M Street, but it’s already made a very good impression on me. They also serve paellas which I plan on trying next time and at one point in my Georgetown career, I hope that I get to try all their tapas dishes. Here’s to a taste of Spain only a ten minute walk from campus.
Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge
3116 M Street, Washington, DC 20007