100 Montaditos, located next to BlueJacket Brewery, has a very simple slogan: If you like montaditos, we have them. The restaurant name isn’t just a random spark of creativity, they literally have a menu with 100 montaditos. What exactly is a montadito?
The root of the word ‘montadito’ comes from the Spanish verb ‘montar’, which means to mount, because this is basically a small sliced bread which is topped (or ‘mounted’) with different selections of ingredients of (usually) Spanish origin. In short, they are a a bite-sized sandwiches that are usually eaten as finger food.
We started our Spanish culinary adventure through the 100 montaditos with one of the original montaditos, number 2 which includes only chorizo. The quality of the chorizo was superb and thought that if our first selection was this good the next ones would only be better and we were right. Next on the table was number 94, the caprese which includes serrano ham, mozzarella, fresh tomato and oh-so-delicious pesto. Again, right on the mark. We then tasted some of the Jamon Serrano and manchego cheese from one of the ‘racciones’ and we couldn’t recommend it any more. Simple yet so tasty. The cheese fries and salad were next.
Our arugula salad came with a honey mustard sauce which we decided to mix with the friends, a decision which one couldn’t regret after tasting it. For the salad we requested some vinagrenette, which was certainly the right choice to mix the arugula and other fun ingredients with. The thing is that this isn’t the normal concoction they offer you so now you know what to ask for when ordering the cheese fries and salad.
We also got to try the meat lover selection, which included meatball with bacon(#11), philly steak with cheddar cheese and piquillo pepper (#29), a chicken with green peppers, fresh tomato and alioli (#45), pulled pork (#47) and garlic pork loin (#52), as well as a few of the shrimp and original montaditos which would be our recommendation when you go visit. There’s just something about those Spanish meats that one doesn’t have to add much for it to taste straight out of culinary heaven.
As we were heading out the door one of the chefs insisted in having us try the dessert montaditos which we originally confused with a baked potato. Well, the dessert montadito we got to try had a chocolate bread served with whipped cream and oreo cookies. Needles to say, the fat kid in me was extremely happy.
In addition of carrying the montaditos, the restaurant offers other salads, appetizers such as Spanish olives, paella, and all kinds of ‘make your own montadito’ options with Spanish cuisine ingredients such as jamon serrano, chorizo, salchichon and lomo.
One thing we found was that the staff was so welcoming and ready to customize not just your montaditos but anything from the menu at your request. The selection of the 100 montaditos might be impressive but what better than letting your imagination run wild and playing chefs with the top-notch ingredients offered there.
As for the ambience, the restaurant looks like a gastro pub from the outside, offering sports fans the option to catch their favorite game in one of the 4 different TVs strategically placed throughout the establishment. The restaurant design is inspired by early 19th century Spanish taverns featuring hardwood floors, granite countertops and dimmed light and a very trendy wall decoration filled with hundred of old photos from the Spanish city o Cádiz. Even though there might be 4 TVs in the restaurant, the mood happens to be very relaxed and offers a friendly environment for one to bring your first date while sipping on some Spanish wine. The mixture of classic and modern artifacts throughout the restaurant makes of it a perfect addition to The Yards in South East D.C.
100 montaditos has 1 dollar montaditos, 2 dollars mixers and domestic beers, and 3 dollar spanish wine on Wednesday but will be running extended promotions during their first week and 100 days o opening so go check them out.