Jaleo brings the tastes of Spain to Disney Springs

March 22, 2019, 12:27 PM · Watch out Orlando, another award-winning chef has arrived, and his name is Chef José Andrés.

Last night, Chef Andrés told a large crowd that gathered in front of the stairwell of his massive two-story Jaleo (pronounced Huh-LAY-oh) restaurant that bringing a restaurant to Florida was 25+ years in the making. Touted to showcase the diversity of Spanish cuisine, Chef Andrés brings that and more to Jaleo's newest location at Disney Spring's West Side. Follow along for my review of the dishes served at the private event.

Most of the dishes are tapas that are meant to be shared. One of my absolute favorites was Croquetas de pollo. They are traditional Spanish fritters which consists of chicken that is mixed with béchamel sauce and other delicious ingredients deep fried. A must get.

Croquetas de pollo
Photo courtesy Jaleo

Next are the Acetones modernas y classics/Modern and Classic Olives. Described as 'Ferran Adrià' liquid olives and gordal olives stuffed with piquillo pepper and anchovy, they are scrumptious. The modern olives are a gastronomic piece of art as they are real olives that have been almost jellied and filled with delicious olive flavorings.

Acetones modernas y classics

José's Taco is Iberic de bellota (sliced acorn fed pork) topped with Supreme caviar. The slices of pork melt in your mouth and the caviar adds a nice little bit of liquid to it. You can get the slices of Ibérico by itself that is sliced before you tableside.

José's Taco is Iberic de bellota

Salmon con purée de manzanas are little cones stuffed of salmon and apple purée. Nice little bite size morsels which have a nice balance of salty and sweet.

Salmon con purée de manzanas

Endevis con queso de cabra y naranjas were endives, with a goat cheese, orange and almonds mix. Great meatless addition.

Endevis con queso de cabra y naranjas

Fried squid was also one of my favorites, but my wife, Annie, was not as pleased as me with the dish. It's served with black squid ink sauce inside a piece of crispy bread.

Now onto the paellas, a season rice dish filled with veggies, meat or seafood. Jaleo serves two out of five traditional Valencian paellas (darker, denser and smokier rice than typical fluffy yellow rice) each night. It is recommended that you call ahead of time to see which ones they are serving. You can also call a day ahead to order one in particular.

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The paellas are cooked in view on top of large pans toward the back. We were served the seafood and the vegetarian paella. According to Annie, the vegetable paella was amazing, and her favorite dish of the night. I thoroughly enjoyed my seafood paella stuffed with squid and shrimp.

Onto some tasty desserts:

Flan is a classic Spanish custard with 'spume' of Catalan cream and oranges. Light and delicious. A favorite out of the desserts.

Pan con chocolate

Pan con chocolate is a chocolate custard with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream. A very good dish as well.

Lastly, was a mix of what seemed to be strawberry and vanilla ice cream/sherbet. A very sweet ice frozen dessert that was pleasing.

Save the best for last, drinks:

The red (roja) Sangria was our favorite. The sangria mix is served out of a tap and garnished with berries and a sprig of mint. Quite refreshing.

Sangria
Photo courtesy Jaleo

Brandy Aroma Therapy was a nicely mixed drink consisting of Torres 15 Brandy, Yzaguirre Vermouth, Fever Tree Club Soda, lemon and lavender bitters.

Drinks

A nice light drink was the Mediterranean Gin & Tonic. It had Gin Mare, Fever-Tree Indian Tonic, lemon, lime and garnished with thyme.

Spanish beer and wine are available. A full liquor bar is also available.

Overall, I had high expectations coming in here, and Andrés met them all. It's no wonder why Andrés has multiple Jaleo locations because many of his dishes are downright delicious. The atmosphere was modern, yet casual and it's a place that I highly recommend visiting.

Replies (4)

March 22, 2019 at 1:10 PM

>> "Overall, I had high expectations coming in here, and Andrés met them all. <<

Great review! The addition of Jaleo (along with City Lights, the NBA Experience and the new Cirque show) is going to make the west end of the Disney Springs park VERY popular this summer.

March 22, 2019 at 1:29 PM

This looks really good Thanks for the review!

March 24, 2019 at 8:03 AM

I’m so pleased with Disney Springs continued additions. Jaleo certainly seems like a unique and delicious experience, and another reason for us to make our way to Disney Springs.

March 25, 2019 at 8:13 AM

Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the review, jeff

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