José Andrés’ Jaleo is understood for being colorful, wildly innovative and delightfully experimental. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas restaurant might not be known as the home of a great deal, but that’s exactly what the Lunch Like a Spaniard midday menu offers.
For $25, you get to select your very own culinary experience by choosing 3 courses from different groups of adventurous tapas. Possibly begin with traditional cooled gazpacho, revitalizing apple and fennel salad with Manchego cheese and walnuts, or combined greens with pine nuts, fried capers, anchovies and romesco-garlic dressing.
Things get serious in round 2, where abundant chicken croquetas, deep-fried salted cod with honey aioli, and the spicy potato-covered favorite patatas bravas await. Pro pointer: Go for the mini pepito de Iberico, a Spanish-style slider that features the legendary Iberico pig in two ways: a juicy mini patty and crisp bacon. It’s a few little, delicious bites you’ll always remember.
Hopefully you’ve conserved room for the last course, which ranges from garlicky gambas al ajillo to grilled Catalan pork sausage to salmon with pisto Manchego to grilled hanger steak with escabeche.
No matter their size, these dishes blow up with huge flavors, exactly what you ‘d anticipate at a José Andrés restaurant. And given that you’ve just benefited from among the best lunch deals on the Strip, possibly you’ll come back for supper. Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7950; lunch daily noon-4 p.m.