Glover Park’s long-running Slate Wine Bar + Bistro is almost ready to show off a fresh look and new small plates from one of the most accomplished Spanish chefs in the city.
Chef-owner Danny Lledó, who grew up near Valencia in Denía, Spain, and has become a regular at international paella competitions, expects to reopen Slate tomorrow following a seven-month absence as part of a bigger renovation project on Wisconsin Avenue NW.
The new food menu is split into four sections. “Snacks from the bar” include $5 servings of cheeses and charcuterie — think Mahon cheese or pimenton-packed, cured sobrassada sausage, both from the Balearic islands off the coast of Valencia — along with white anchovies ($6) or American sturgeon caviar ($30) served with chips.
There are also small “bites,” like Serrano ham and tomato sliders, and small plates such as cod served with sobressada and honey, or oxtail stew with potatoes (both $12).
Market-priced entrees of the day that could feed one to two people will include a “big steak dinner” for Fridays. The wine bar will have a dozen options by the glass ($9 to $18), and a list of 70 bottles ranges from $40 to $200.
The 7-year-old venue was part of a remodeling project that turned a top floor of office space into a separate restaurant, called Xiquet, which will become a special occasion destination for wood-grilled paella, rotisserie suckling pig, Valencian flatbreads, and other coastal Mediterranean plates. Xiquet open Tuesday, March 3, and will feature two tasting menu options (five course for $90 or eight for $130) and an a la carte menu with Lledó’s paellas ($35 to $50).