Restaurant Review (No Kids Edition) – Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar Tysons Corner, VA

This post is LOOONG overdue.  The hubs and I went out to dinner sans our army of children a few months back, and had such a pleasant dining experience that I HAD to write a post about it (eventually).  Unfortunately, between managing my life as a wife, mom of 4, and attorney, as well as blogging on my sister site Petite Girls Need Clothes Too!, I have been truly neglecting this blog.

Anywho, we went to Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Paladar means taste or palate in Spanish, and boy did we taste a lot of yummy stuff! The food (and drinks) were to DIE for!  Check out their menu here.

The hubs started off the night with a traditional mojito and I enjoyed a rum punch.  Both drinks were delicious and really got our night out on the town to a great start.  We had probably 3 rounds of drinks.

Next up were the appetizers. Since we weren’t out to dinner with the kids, we wanted to enjoy our meal at a nice leisurely (slow) pace, where we could savor every bite.  And savor we did all night. We enjoyed 3 appetizers. Pictured here is the mojo pork tostones appetizer, which is fried green plantains covered with mojo pork (pork marinated in mojo seasoning and shredded) with a corn salsa and green salsa to top it off.  OMG.  This was, the single most delicious bite of food I have enjoyed in all my years.  They managed to pack an overwhelming amount of flavor into this appetizer and I was absolutely floored.  We also ordered the braised beef ropa vieja (shredded beef), which was very good and the Brazilian empanadas (which were, which we also ver good, but the mojo pork tostones appetizer was so BOMB that it really overshadowed everything else we ate that night.

We were already getting really full from 3 rounds of drinks and appetizers by the time we decided to order entrees, so we ended up sharing the slow roasted mojo pork, which was accompanied by cilantro rice, black beans, and topped off with a corn salsa. This was absolutely delicious.


What a great meal!  Like I said, we were really full after the drinks and 3 appetizers, and only ate about half of the entree, so I was able to bring home leftovers so that my kids could try!  They LOVED it and begged for us to take them!  I cannot wait to go back to this restaurant with or without the kids. Of course, I would only bring my kids here for lunch – the restaurant definitely seemed like it would be family during the day, but at night, it definitely seemed more adults-only!

If you’re ever in the DMV area, you should RUN to Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar. In addition to the Virginia location that we went to, there are 3 other locations in Maryland.  You will be sooo glad you tried it!



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