Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Taberna del Alabardero (Most Romantic)

Taberna del Alabardero dc washington

To understand the passion behind this restaurant in Washington, DC, you need to know a little more about the company and its founder Don Luis Lezama Barañano.

The founder is a priest, journalist and innkeeper. He graduated in Image, Radio and Television and started a long stage of radio programs that earned him the 1972 international award ONDAS for the best religious program.

Don Luis opened his first bar restaurant in the the front of the Royal Palace in the center of Madrid: La Taberna del Alabardero, in 1974. In 1992, he opened the School of Hospitality of Seville. In 2006, he opened a parish school called the Santa María la Blanca. In 2007, he opened the Higher Hospitality Open Studies (ESAH) in Zaragoza. In 2014, he opened a branch in Mexico City, Gastronómica Internacional. There are more than 12,000 students enrolled today. Today, Grupo Lezama manages 14 owned restaurants, 3 catering schools and 2 hotels.

Taberna del Alabardero DC has remained an award-winning Spanish restaurant offering the most authentic cuisine for over 25 years in Washington, DC.

Chef Javier Cuesta, newly installed as executive chef of Taberna del Alabardero, has created a five-course ($85) Valentine’s Day dinner at the iconic traditional Spanish restaurant.

Crema de Setas y Oloroso con Vieiras Baby, Queso de Cabra, y Polvo de Jamón
Mushrooms and all the Rossow cream with scallops, goat cheese and Serano ham dust
Merluza a la Donostiarra con Purrusalda y Holandesa de Piquillo Gratinada
Donostiarra Style Hake with Purrusalda (leek stew) and Piquillo (sweet pepper) Hollandaise Gratin
Sorbete de Mojito
Mojito (mint and lime) sorbet
Solomillo de Ternera con Pastel de Boniato, Verduras y Demi-glace de Trufa
Beef Tenderloin with Sweet pPotato Gratin, Vegetables and Truffle Demi-glace
Coulant de Chocolate con Frutos Rojos y Helado de Vanilla de Tahiti
Chocolate coolant (soft-centred rich chocolate cake) with berries and Tahitian vanilla ice cream

Taberna del Alabardero. 1776 I Street NW (entrance on H Street) Washington DC. (202) 429-2200.

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