There’s a new recent at Disney Springs set to open its doors in just a few days. Chef Jose’ Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup announced today that Jaleo will open March 17th. This will be the fifth location in the U.S. the first in Florida, and the largest to date. Once open, Jaleo can be found on the West Side of Disney Springs.
Jaleo, which means “revelry” first opened in Washington D.C., in 1993. Known for its lively setting and the best Spanish cuisine and design around, Chef Andres and his team offer a one of a kind tapas experience.
While the full menu is not available yet, there are a few signature dishes which will be on the menu. A few highlights include authentic paellas, cooked over a wood-fired paella pit, along with hand carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota, and wood-grilled Iberico pork. Signature dishes include Gambas al ajillo, shrimp sautéed with garlic and chili, and Pollo Croquetas (classic Spanish chicken fritters).
While one new restaurant is exciting, Jaleo isn’t the only restaurant Jose’ Andres is opening. On the front corner adjacent to the entrance of Jaleo, will be Pepe by Jose’ Andres. Pepe, which currently is the chef’s popular Spanish food truck in D.C., will have it’s first brick and mortar building. The menu for Pepe includes Spanish sandwiches, or bocatas, served both hot and cold, gazpacho, and salads to go. Pepe will be a quick service location. No Spanish meal is complete without Sangria. To make sure your sangria stays cold in the Florida heat, the ice cubes are made from sangria. No watered-down drinks allowed!
The architectural design of both Jaleo and Pepe are inspired by the bold and playful nature of Spain. Petals that organically open invite guests to experience Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which face the outdoors, allowing light in and out.
Jaleo at Disney Springs will be open for dinner only starting March 17th. Lunch service will begin later in the month. Pepe will open for lunch and dinner beginning March 17th, no reservations needed. To make a reservation at Jaleo, call (321)-348-3211. OpenTable will have reservations available on the opening day for Jaleo.
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