A Barcelona Brunch at Boqueria
Yearning for a European getaway but just don’t have the time or resources? No worries. You can enjoy a jaunt to Spain without having to go through airport security. Boqueria (1837 M St. NW), DuPont Circle’s newest addition, brings an eclectic assortment of fresh, small plates to the District.
Boqueria was resurrected in the Flatiron District of NYC. Due to popular demand, second and third locations sprang up in Soho and DC. Inspired by the famous Boqueria market in Barcelona, the restaurant's chefs strive to create dishes from seasonal, local products. The DC location works closely with the FRESHFARM Market in Washington, DC and the McLean Farmers Market in Virginia. Thus diners are not only eating dishes made with the freshest ingredients possible, they're also supporting the local economy.
Like most DCers, I enjoy trying out new brunch spots on the weekend, and a European-inspired establishment was just what I had been craving. I started off with an Americano (hot water added to espresso). They don't have regular coffee. Neither were listed on the menu, so I just asked for it. I also had a glass of orange juice, which although it sounds simple, it really hit the spot.
While my friend and I were waiting on our main entrees, the server brought over blistered Shishito peppers with coarse sea salt for us to munch on. Apparently only one out of every 10 is hot, but I somehow managed to get all the spicy ones!
My friend ordered the Torrada de Jamón y Huevo: toasted brioche topped with Mahón and Tetilla cheese, a fried egg, piperrada, Jamón Serrano with a side of French fries and salad. When he cut into the dish, the toppings melted into each other so that each bite was full of flavor and texture. The fries were perfectly cooked – not too soft and not too crispy. And the salad was light and fresh, complimenting the hearty meal. Needless to say, he cleaned his plate.
Of course, I also ate every single bite of my meal - the Tortilla Española. A traditional Spanish omelet of farm eggs, confit potatoes, and Spanish onions with a side of bruschetta and greens, it was light and earthy.
But this was not the end of our brunch experience. I had been eying the nutella-stuffed churros on the menu the whole time, so we placed an order. Best. Decision. Ever. A little piece of heaven on earth, we had no problem finishing off our plate of four warm, gooey churros. I will definitely be back for those.
The beauty of tapas is that you can try a variety of dishes, and the sharing aspect makes for a more intimate experience. Boqueria really captures this European tradition with a modern ambiance. The restaurant has a great open space that feels clean and refreshing so that customers can relax and enjoy the food.
Just like the best food joints in Barcelona are open seven days a week, so is Boqueria.
- Monday – Wednesday 11:30am to 11:00pm
- Thursday – Friday 11:30am to Midnight
- Saturday 11am to Midnight Sunday 11am to 9:30pm
Post by Dining in DC Contributor, Ashley Morris
Ashley Morris moved to DC in May 2011 after graduating from Baylor University (Yeah RG3!) and works at a media relations firm in Alexandria, VA. A lover of food, wine, traveling, and photography, she truly enjoys the diverse culture that DC has to offer. Spending time with friends and family to her is of utmost importance, and she couldn’t think of a better way to bond with them than by enjoying a meal and some drinks at one of DC’s latest hotspots.
*Dining in DC was not financially compensated for this post. Contributor received a complimentary meal for review purposes. The opinions are completely based upon experience.*