Bar Gitano saved the night for us! This trendy, dim lit, and popular spot is located on the busy street of Ashford, so parking can be difficult! I liked that they have patio seating, but be prepared to wait long if you wanna be seated there. We ended up getting a table inside Gitano! Our server was nice and we were told that their menu varies every week highliting dishes from different parts of the world! We thought the food quality was okay.
Overpriced Asian food in the Condado district! I'm sure it's because it's the only Asian restaurant in the area!
We landed in San Juan around 11 PM and New Taste was one of the few restaurants opened late that night. Their menu is mostly Chinese but they also offer sushi rolls! OKAY WHY NOT! Prices were steep $16 for honey walnut shrimp and $12 for the CA rolls. No thanks! Anyway we skipped on their food that night but returned here two days later to try their boba drinks/smoothies after going to the beach. We got their watermelon smoothie and watched the girl who works there pour SOOOO much syrup in our drinks. It turned out soooo sweet, I couldn't finish mine after several sips! *SKIP*
My friends and I ventured to this part of Old San Juan to try some mofongos! Restaurante Raices seemed to have a good variety of Puerto Rico's most popular dish so it seemed like the perfect choice! The restaurant was super busy when we arrived, but we only waited about three minutes to get a table! The restaurant is actually pretty roomy inside and it has a very local Puerto Rican-ish vibe to it, specially with the waitresses dressed in their traditional dresses. We were a little disappointed with the mofongo but the chuleta kan kan was sooooo good! I recommend it!
Ceviche House is located a few blocks away from Isla Verde beach so we had lunch here beforehand. Parking is very limited, but the food is worth a try! Friendly service also makes this restaurant a must when visiting this part of Puerto Rico! Get the pisco drinks and also the paella was delicious! the mix ceviche was so refreshing and yummy! The perfect meal before we went to the beach!
Pikayo's got you covered if you're looking for fine dining in Puerto Rico! We stayed in the Condado Hilton, so we decided to check out Chef Wilo Benet's Pikayo on our last night on the island! You can't go wrong with Pikayo's classic tasting menu! It was delicious from beginning to end! Classic Tasting Menu included: - Tuna Tartare w/ Jalapeno and Cold Miso Broth - Delicious starter on their classic menu. The jalapeno and miso broth def elevated the tuna tartare. - Foie Gras w/ Ripe Plantains & Black Truffle Honey - I really liked the sweetness of the plantains and the truffle honey's with the foie gras! I wanted more!!! - Scallop Ravioli w/ Asparagus and White Wine - Not my favorite, but I did enjoy the ravioli by itself. - Shrimp, Coconut Milk Polenta in Guava Sauce - This was delicious! The guava sauce in this dish gives it that Puerto Rican flavor to the prawns. - Mini Cheese Souffle w/ Guava Sauce - The souffle was soooo good! I could've finished it even without the guava sauce! Overall, this place stands out from the other restaurants in the area! Don't forget to try some of their cocktails also! *Two thumbs up Pikayo*
Lechonera Los Pinos
We saved the best for last! On our last full day in Puerto Rico, my friends and I did a day trip to the mountain town of Guavate! Guavate is known for the lechoneras lined up on the side of the road! We got here early enough to beat the weekend crowd and found Lechonera Los Pinos with it's open space seating waiting for hungry customers like us to get a piece of their lechons! The workers here are really nice and were very patient with us while ordering food! Besides lechon they also had plenty of soups/stews & side dishes to choose from!