I had a chance to catch up with Jaime Jorto, one of the four owners of La Malinche, set to open on Colesville Road within the next few weeks. They don't have a set date yet, but they know it will definitely be before Christmas.
"La Malinche," fittingly named for the marriage of the cuisine the restaurant will feature, is termed after an Aztec legend for a woman from Mexico who played a role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Wiki legend has it she was Hernán Cortés' lover and that she gave birth to his first son, Martín, who was considered one of the first "Mestizos" (European and Indigenous American mixed baby), hence combining two fabulous cultures to form a tapas style restaurant.
I peeked into their dining room and it's looks good; tables are out, the bar is set, and it looks like they are just working on last minute details, artwork, etc. I did ask to peruse the menu and featured items but they are still making changes to it, so unfortunately I don't have much to report regarding what we can expect to chow down on.
They have a website up but it's not fully functional just yet. However, there's a picture of a nice looking slice of what appears to be prosciutto and cheese to whet our appetites. In my mind, there's an Iberian black hoof pig just chillin back in the kitchen waiting for his place in the sun. Obviously, since I don't have the menu, that's solely speculation and my wishful desire.
Jaime sounded really excited to be in Downtown Silver Spring. We're happy to have this new and unique restaurant in DTSS. I think it will fit in perfectly in our multicultural neighborhood.
8622 Colesville Road