Finally had late lunches at these two Board favorites this weekend. We were seated right away at Jaleo at about one o'clock. Had anchovies and roasted red peppers, grilled quail with pisto sauce, pan de tomate, tortilla, and a cheese plate with luscious Spanish sherry. Maybe it was the Lustau, I forget which I ordered.
If the tapas I had at Cal Pep in Barcelona are a 10 this would be about a 7.5. Anchovies were not as big, and the cheese plate was quite plain, although the murcia, a goat cheese marinated in red wine was interesting. The grilled quail was a high point, crispy and delicate with an earthy sauce. So, really good but no bargain...these "small plates" add up quick. The sherry was the high point! I realized once I was there I should have reviewed this Board for recommendations before I went. Next time, I'll try the eggplant flan etc.
Sitting outside above the canal on a flowery warm spring day at Sea Catch was heavenly. Service was friendly and swift. We had impeccably fresh briny oysters, colossal shrimp perfectly cooked and chilled with a little Old Bay and lemon and 16 oz Kansas City strip steak, all very very good. It made us want to return for dinner--and maybe in the winter, since the inside space was really pleasant too, with thick stone walls and a nice fireplace at the end of a curved bar. Only low point was the fries that came with the steak, flaccid and lukewarm. Definitely not fried twice. The demi glace for the steak was great though. But the true appeal here is the setting.